FOXBORO, Mass. – We did not hear anything new about Tom Brady in the wild 43-40 Patriots' victory over the Chiefs on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. Brady is Brady, one of the biggest ever to play the game. It was almost expected that he would lead New England to points in each of his four-quarter possessions when the outcome was in doubt, his back-to-back completions of 16 and 19 yards set the crucial field goal as time expired and This is the 43rd comeback of his 19-year career in the fourth quarter / overtime.
What we did not know is how Patrick Mahomes, the game's co-headliner, would face adversity. At the time, the 23-year-old prodigy had made the NFL his personal playground for the first five weeks. He had all rolled over, setting up one record after another and providing enough highlights to fill several GameDay shows. But on Sunday night, on prime time, he threw interceptions in the first and second quarters, followed 24-9 in half and was against Bill Belichick, the Patriots coach and defensive genius who was 23-0 at home in the regular against quarterbacks under the age of 25 years. There were questions about how he would handle the moment.
Then he threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to let Kareem Hunt run back in the third game of scrimmage after halftime, capitalizing on a busted surplus. It was the game that sent the snowball down the hill as Kansas City scored on five of its last six possessions, including a 75-yard strike to Tyreek Hill to tie the score at 3:03 at 40 to play ,
Mahomes showed that he is the truth in advertising, if not better. He transformed early fights into late game heroics, matching Brady Hayymaker for Heymaker. As the last few seconds paused, he stood on the sidelines tugging at the inside of his shoulder pads as Brady put the Patriots in position for Stephen Gostkowski's 28-yard field goal. The expression on his face indicated anger, if not anger. He wanted to change places with his iconic counterpart and later said: "As a competitor, you always want to have a chance."
I've learned more about Mahomes defeat than any of his five wins to open the season, including the first two weeks when he set a league record with ten touchdown passes. It's easy to be successful if you know the answers to the test in advance, which would almost be the case if he confused the defense with his wit, his wit and his ability to move. But the patriots confused him early. As with his first interception, linebacker Dont & # 39; a Hightower.
"He was in the line of fire, and I thought he was coming in a flash," Mahomes said. "I just lost him." [Tight end Travis Kelce] had beaten his husband, so I tried to get the ball on him as quickly as possible to get him to work on it, he took cover and I just did not. " see him. He did a great job. "
There were other fights that made it look like it's one of those nights when you throw yourself at things that are not going your way." The Chiefs came four times in the first half. The other ball ended with a rebound from corner-kick Duron Harmon in the end zone.
"Just a little too greedy," said Mahomes.
He was half-time calm and collected, he knew that they had sometimes moved the ball at will, and he would manage to start the third quarter.The key would be to end drives and, really, what is a 15 point deficit to a team who has scored 30 or more in all but one game?
"If you have the guys I have in this team, with the guns I have, I know I have to carry it on," he said "I have to play the ball further out. The offensive line really cut me off and really gave me time to give these guys the chance to play games, and they played the whole second half. "
After just 164 yards without touchdowns and two Interceptions in the first half was Mahomes 9 of 13 for 188 yards and four touchdowns without INTs in the second half .He was 4 of 5 for 79 yards and two scores in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs overcame a four-point deficit playing with 33:38 to 8:38, then tied the game to go on Hill's third goal reception with just over three minutes. If not because of the size of Brady, Sunday night might have been in the early tale of Mahomes played a prominent role.
"He's going to be special," said Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty, "We're looking at a rookie (actually a runner-up) quarterback who runs out in the first half of the game, throwing two tips d not blink at all. He came out and played his game and was able to get the edge a few times and make big games. … He was everything we saw in the movie. "
The win was crucial for the Patriots, who know the way to another Super Bowl appearance is much easier when they go through Gillette Stadium, a loss they would have left three games behind the Chiefs in the losing column and Kansas City given the edge in a tiebreaker, the clubs should end up with the same record but I feel a bit uncomfortable when I'm New England because Mahomes will only get better The mistakes he made in the first half, he is unlikely to do it again next time, it is known to be a quick study, which partly explains his performance in the second half, and the Chiefs, without two of their best defensive players, were Justin Houston and Eric Berry fill up some of the holes that were glaring on Sunday night.
Mahome's presence is the reason why this is the best team coach Andy Reid has been since He had an entry into the Chiefs. Their recent history shows that they start quickly and disappear into the playoffs, but this is less likely if you have a special young quarterback who almost had the biggest quarterback in league history with his seventh pro-start. More impressive, he's smart enough to know that he can learn more from a moment like Sunday night than he can win in an outbreak.
"You are learning a ton," he said. "First of all, you play a great opponent in a great atmosphere and just to compete against the best, you want to face them every day, we went down, we got into a huge hole and I'm just proud of my team and how we struggled to get back in the game, we had the lead and then we did not win, but only this fight, it's something you can continue this season. "