BSJ Game Report: Patriots 43, Chiefs 40 – New England offense delivers in the clutch

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(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

FOXBOROUGH — Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ dramatic 43-40 win over the Chiefs in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:



Offense rules. In many ways, it was reminiscent of a 2002 shootout in Foxborough between the Chiefs and Patriots. In this one -- a classic "last team with the ball wins" type of game -- New England had a little more left at the end, as Stephen Gostkowski knocked home his fifth field goal of the night as time expired to give New England the three-point win. There were several offensive heroes — Tom Brady (24-for-35, 340 yards, one touchdown), Sony Michel (24 carries, 106 yards, two touchdowns), James White (five catches, 92 yards from scrimmage) and Rob Gronkowski (three catches, 97 yards). While the Patriots struggled for sizable portions of the second half on defense -- more on that in a second -- it turned out to be a landmark night for the offense. New England didn’t punt the ball all evening. (It was just the fifth time in franchise history the Patriots went a full game without punting.)

"We had control, and then we let them back in the game," Brady said of the game, a contest where the Patriots held a 24-9 halftime lead before the Chiefs came roaring back. "But, they were making plays on offense. We were making plays. And, we talked about competing for 60 minutes, and that’s what it took. It took us right down to the last three seconds."

Chiefs didn’t blink: