July 17, 2024

Patriots

Kelce and Mahomes weren’t at their finest, but it surely was nonetheless greater than sufficient to beat the Patriots.

Patriots coach Invoice Belichick. AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer

COMMENTARY

FOXBOROUGH — The celebs are on the opposite aspect now. It’s been that method with the Patriots for some time now, however Sunday’s loss made it painfully clear but once more.

Bear in mind when the Patriots had been defending Tremendous Bowl champs with the most effective quarterback within the league?

These days are lengthy gone. It’s the Chiefs with the star energy now. One might argue that essentially the most attention-grabbing factor occurring in Foxborough on Sunday was Taylor Swift’s look on the sport.


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Swift once said that Gillette Stadium is the “most joyful place on Earth.” Clearly, the stated that inside a musical context. However, the place is the enjoyment in watching the Patriots’ product that marches onto this subject each different week? A 3-11 report with the NFL’s least productive offense appears fairly joyless for those who ask me.

The Patriots wanted to maneuver the ball simply eight yards to attain a landing after Marte Mapu recorded his first profession interception, they usually couldn’t do it. They needed to accept a field-goal.

New England’s subsequent 5 possessions led to an interception adopted by 4 consecutive punts. The Patriots even punted on 4th-and-3 whereas down 17 factors.

Mahomes, Kelce, and Andy Reid are family NFL names lately. The one one New England has left is Invoice Belichick, and who is aware of how for much longer he’ll be right here with these sorts of outcomes?

New England was aggressive…for a few half. Listed here are a couple of postgame last ideas.

Belichick not ‘fazed’ by rumors, linebacker says

At 3-11, rumors of Belichick’s job standing proceed to swirl.

Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports activities Boston reported that the choice has already been made to maneuver on from Belichick. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport wrote that Belichick’s destiny has not but been determined. ESPN’s Dan Graziano stated there’s a “rising perception” across the NFL that Belichick won’t return subsequent yr.

Linebacker Jahlani Tavai was requested if the experiences have an effect on the way in which the Patriots are approaching the rest of the season.

“Daily is job safety,” Tavai stated. “It’s not simply him or his job on the road, you realize? Going again to character. I don’t suppose anyone noticed Invoice fazed on the sideline. He was making an attempt to get some requires us. He was within the referee’s ears. I respect him preventing for us after we can’t battle in opposition to the refs.”

“I’m not making excuses,” Tavai added. “it’s on us as a group to know what we’re doing on the market and execute to the fullest potential.”

Cole Unusual was ‘mad’ he needed to be carted off the sphere

Offensive lineman Cole Unusual left the sport within the second quarter with a knee damage and didn’t return. He was taken off the sphere on a cart.

“Anytime you see a cart come on the market, that’s robust,” offensive lineman David Andrews stated. “Sadly, it’s a part of the deal you join to play this sport. Cole is a tricky child. He was mad that they had been bringing a cart out. He needed to stroll they usually advised him that wasn’t an choice.”

Accidents hit the Patriots arduous on Sunday, notably on the offensive line shedding Unusual and Conor McDermott who left with a head damage. Tight-end Hunter Henry left the sport with a knee damage. Belichick stated he didn’t have any updates on Henry.

“It was robust to lose [Strange], it was robust to lose Connor, it was robust to lose Hunter,” Belichick stated.

A ‘horrible’ interception doomed the Patriots — once more

Bailey Zappe had a powerful begin for the second week in a row. He accomplished 17 of his first 19 passes and threw a landing to Henry.

He almost had one other to Henry, spinning away from strain and hitting him ultimately zone, however the play was referred to as again due to a holding penalty on McDermott.

However, the interception he threw within the third quarter was an egregious one. He threw the ball effectively wanting Pharaoh Brown and into double protection. Kansas Metropolis’s Wille Metropolis caught the ball in stride.

The Patriots had been down by a landing on the time. The interception gave Kansas Metropolis the ball on New England’s seven yard line, and the Chiefs simply punched the ball in for the rating after two performs.

“Simply merely not adequate,” Zappe stated. “Began off scorching within the first half once more like we did the earlier week. Got here in right here, made changes, understood what we needed to assault. Threw an interception on the primary play of the second half which was horrible on my half. Take away seven factors and it’s a complete completely different sport.”

Kelce and Mahomes weren’t at their finest, and it was nonetheless greater than sufficient to win

Mahomes threw a pair of interceptions. Kelce dropped a possible landing catch and completed with 5 catches for 28 yards.

“87 was a giant goal. I don’t suppose he did an excessive amount of,” defensive again Jalen Mills stated of Kelce.

However nonetheless, already up by double-digits, the Chiefs discovered themselves with a possibility to run the rating up much more on the ultimate drive of the sport. Kansas Metropolis obtained the ball with first and purpose on the New England six yard line, however opted to kneel down and run out the clock.

“It was the appropriate factor to do,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid stated.