The Patriots, trailing 6-3, had the perfect drive going late in the second quarter. They took possession with 5:36 remaining and, knowing New England would get the ball to start the second half, ideally wanted to keep the ball as long as possible, at least kick a tying field goal, and leave PatrickMahomes no time to put up any points. Then they could try to take the lead after regrouping offensively to start the second half.
It worked to Patriots perfection for a while. Brian Hoyer completed 4 of 4 passes for 39 yards, including a 3rd-and-6 conversion to N'Keal Harry. The Patriots had all three of their timeouts as they started a new set of downs at the KC 31 with 51 seconds left.