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Week 14 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 23, New England Patriots 16


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Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots 23-16 to improve their record to 9-4 on the season. Patrick Mahomes completed 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards with one touchdown and on interception, while also rushing six times for six yards. LeSean McCoy carried the ball 11 times for 39 yards and caught one pass for four yards. Tyreke Hill caught six passes for 62 yards, and Sammy Watkins caught four passes for 50 yards. Mecole Hardman finished with one catch for 48 yards and a touchdown. Travis Kelce led the Chiefs with seven catches for 66 yards, while also rushing one time for a four yard touchdown.

New England Patriots

The offense has been plain bad without any signs of getting better. Besides Julian Edelman, no one is playing well, and another receiver really needs to step up in some way for the Pats to compete against good teams. Even when the defense and special teams make plays, the offense canít cash in opportunities. Itís a worrying sign with no clear fix.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 40 - 283 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 6 - 0
Patrick Mahomes completed 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. Mahomes came out swinging against the Patriots, throwing for over 200 yards in the first half before the Patriots changed their game plan and held him to under 100 yards passing in the second half. The Chiefs came away with a win, but it was not without a price, as Mahomes injured his hand. The first reports are that Mahomes did not suffer any broken bones on the play, however, he did say that it was swollen and could have an effect on the way he grips the football. Mahomes only touchdown pass of the day came with the Chiefs facing a second and 25 from the Patriots 48 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and had quite a while to stay in the pocket and wait for his receiverís routes to develop. When the Patriots finally breached the pocket, Mahomes calmly faded back and delivered a strike down the field to Hardman who was running a deep out-post route to the left sideline. The pass was a little behind Hardman, but the receiver made a nice adjustment on the ball, catching it and then dodging two defenders on his way to the end zone for a 48 yard touchdown. This was not Mahomes most prolific day passing, but he managed to do enough to lead the Chiefs to victory and avenge their loss in the AFC Championship game from last season.

RB LeSean McCoy, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 39 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (3 targets)
LeSean McCoy rushed 11 times for 39 yards and caught one pass for four yards in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. With both Darryl and Damien Williams missing this game due to injury, McCoy was given every opportunity to have the majority of the Chiefs rushes to himself, but he was unable to get much going against a Patriots defensive front that has been very good all season. With McCoy unable to gain yards on the ground, Andy Reid turned to Spencer Ware and rookie Darwin Thompson, giving them nine carries to McCoyís 11. Unfortunately, those two fared even worse than McCoy, averaging only two yards a carry. With Damien Williams expected back next week, McCoy effectively has missed his best chance at having a big game this season and we should see Reid turn back to a committee approach against the Broncos on Sunday.

WR Tyreek Hill, 71 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0, Rec: 6 - 62 - 0 (8 targets)
Tyreek Hill caught seven passes on nine targets for 66 yards while also rushing two times for four yards in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. Hill has had quite a bit of success against the Patriots in the past, which could account for the New England defense bracketing him in coverage this game and not letting him see one on one coverage down the field. Hillís most impact catch in this game came with the Chiefs facing a third and 19 at their own 46 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket by his offensive linemen. Mahomes waited for Hill to break free down the field on a deep crossing route before firing a strike to his receiver. Hill made a tough catch on the play, extending out to snag the ball as a Patriots defender hit him from behind. This play set up one of two touchdown drives for the Chiefs on the day and ended up being the difference between the two teams at the end of regulation.

WR Sammy Watkins, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 50 - 0 (8 targets)
Sammy Watkins caught four passes for 50 yards on eight targets in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. Watkins had a real chance to contribute in a big way in this game, but he was unable to get the better of Stephen Gilmore, who aside from a 23 yard reception in the first quarter, kept Watkins in check for most of this game. Watkins has all the talent in the world, but this year has been a big disappointment, hardly the words we expected to hear after torching the Jaguars for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in week one. Since that game, Watkins has averaged under 40 yards receiving, and it doesnít look like that will change much with Hill and Kelce healthy and playing well.

WR Mecole Hardman, 14 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 48 - 1 (1 targets)
Mecole Hardman caught one pass for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. Hardmanís involvement in the Chiefs offense continues to be sporadic, but that hasnít stopped him from churning out big plays at important times. Hardmanís touchdown was one of only two on the day for the Chiefs, and it helped them escape New England with an important victory for their playoff hopes. Hardmanís touchdown came with the facing a second and 25 from the Patriots 48 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and had forever to look downfield and wait for his receivers routes to develop. When Mahomes was finally faced with pressure from the Patriots pass rush, he faded back on his heels and delivered a strike down the field to Hardman who was running a deep out-post route to the left sideline. The pass was a little behind Hardman, but the receiver made a nice adjustment on the ball, catching it and then dodging two defenders on his way to the end zone for a 48 yard touchdown.

TE Travis Kelce, 77 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 4 - 1, Rec: 7 - 66 - 0 (9 targets)
Travis Kelce caught seven passes on nine targets for 66 yards, while also rushing one time for four yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. Kelce had a big hand in Mahomes being very effective in the first half of this game, tallying 49 yards from scrimmage, which included a four yard touchdown run, the first on the season for Kelce. The Patriots chose to send two men at Hill in the first half, which allowed Kelce to dust his man whenever he was given a chance. Unfortunately, the Patriots tightened up their secondary in the second half, limiting Kelce to only 20 yards receiving. Kelceís touchdown run came with the Chiefs facing a third and goal from the Patriots four yard line. Kelce lined up as the quarterback with two running backs flanking his left and his right, and another one behind him in a sort of Pistol formation. Kelce took the snap and fake the handoff to the running back on his right before tucking the ball back in and weaving his way to the endzone for the four yard touchdown. Kelce is electric with the ball in his hands after the catch, and this play showed why. He has great vision as a ball carrier and he is nearly impossible to bring down with his size.


New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 36 - 169 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 20 - 0
When itís 14 weeks in and your offense hasnít improved, itís a bad sign. Against a team that Tom Brady put up 43 points against less than a year ago, the Patriots mustered up a measly 16 points against the Chiefs in Week 14. Of course, that total should have been more with the referees absolutely jobbing the Patriots out of two touchdowns, but thatís life in the NFL these days. For his part, Tom Brady was his usual 2019 self Ė inconsistent and uninspiring with no help from his supporting cast. He was under far more pressure than usual which didnít help, and the running game did absolutely nothing as the offensive line got dominated by the Chiefs run defense. Bradyís lone touchdown was on a flea flicker early in the first quarter, a pure function of creativity by OC Josh McDaniels. He should have had a second touchdown to NíKeal Harry on a nice RAC play, but the officials ruled the play out of bounds for some reason and the Patriots couldnít challenge. On replay, it was blatantly clear Harry was in bounds and scored a touchdown. Brady also had his usual smattering of bad throws, one which resulted in a pick on an absolute duck of a throw. Weíre at the point where thereís no clear fix in sight for this offense.

RB James White, 41 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 35 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 33 - 0, Rec: 5 - 27 - 0 (7 targets)
White had to play heavy snaps due to game flow, but couldnít do much in the receiving game due to good defense and spotty offensive play. His highlight was a 35 yard pass on a trick play to Jakobi Meyers. Beyond that, not much to speak of on a bad day once again for the Pats offense.

RB Sony Michel, 9 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 8 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
5 carries tells you all you need to know about game flow and the running gameís performance. Michel had looked good in the few weeks prior, but got nothing extra and blocking was atrocious.

RB Brandon Bolden, 2 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 10 - 1
Bolden got the call on an outside run play from 10 yards out and was able to hit paydirt. He was not a focal point of the offense, and wonít be.

WR Julian Edelman, 66 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 8 - 95 - 1 (12 targets)
It says something when you have 56% of the receiving yards on your team. Thatís what Edelman had against the Chiefs, as the was the only consistent option on offense, as usual. His touchdown was on a flea flicker from Tom Brady. He also narrowly missed another on the last play of the game on a nice play from his defending cornerback. Heíll continue to be the focal point of the offense, but needs help from players around him.

WR Jakobi Meyers, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 35 - 0 (3 targets)
Two critical drops (including a potential touchdown) and one catch off a trick play from James White. Meyers has been horrendously inconsistent this year, and Week 14 was no different, as he did nothing notable besides catch an easy ball from White. Heís still not on the same page as Tom Brady, and one wonders if he will start seeing less snaps.

WR Mohamed Sanu, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (1 targets)
Once again, Sanu was borderline useless against the Chiefs, failing to get separation or do anything notable. He needs to be better, period.

WR Phillip Dorsett, 33 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Dorsettís only highlight was getting absolutely mugged on a play that should have been defensive pass interference with a no-call from a referee crew that couldnít get anything right. Beyond that, he barely saw any targets, and itís clear he may be losing Tom Bradyís trust.