Sunday night’s game — and possible AFC Championship Game preview — between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots certainly lived up to the hype.
The teams combined for 83 points, with New England ultimately coming out on top 43-40. It’s the first game in NFL history to end in that score.
— Tony Gugliotta (@NBC10_Tony) October 15, 2018
The fourth quarter was particularly wild. With 5:25 remaining and the Chiefs leading 33-30, Kansas City’s Breeland Speaks had an easy tackle opportunity on Tom Brady at the goal line, but gave up, seemingly assuming Brady had thrown a pass. Instead, Brady was still holding the ball, and fought his way into the end zone for a New England touchdown.
Just over two minutes later, Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 50-yard field goal putting the Patriots up 40-33, on a drive in which Rob Gronkowski went beast mode.
And just 12 seconds after the Gostkowski field goal, the Chiefs tied the game when Patrick Mahomes found Tyreek Hill downfield. Hill used his otherworldly speed to turn the play into a 75-yard touchdown, for his third touchdown of the game.
Finally, the scoring ended on a 28-yard wakl-off field goal from Gostkowski.
With the loss, the Chiefs fall to 5-1, so there are no undefeated teams left in the AFC (the 6-0 Los Angeles Rams are the only undefeated team in the NFL). For the 4-2 Patriots, it’s a win showing that they’re arguably still the team to beat in the AFC, and it gives them a tiebreaker vs the Chiefs for home field advantage if the teams finish with the same record.