Chiefs upset defending Super Bowl champs in National Football League opener


Chiefs upset defending Super Bowl champs in National Football League opener

In a game in which the Kansas City Chiefs pulled out a stunning 42-27 come-from-behind win over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on their coronation night, the play of the game turned out to be an innocuous 9-yard midway through the first quarter.

Then, Tom Brady led the Patriots down the field for a touchdown on the opening drive.

Several Chiefs players starred in the offensive explosion, but no star was brighter than rookie running back Kareem Hunt.

After fumbling on his first carry in the NFL, Hunt bounced back and rushed for 148-yards to go along with a touchdown. Smith completed 28 of his 35 pass attempts for 368-yards and four touchdowns.

More eyes have been on NFL in recent years as broadcast networks like NBC and CBS - which will continue to split Thursday Night Football games this season - look to live programs to help bolster ratings.

The Chiefs' rookie running back fumbled the ball on his first carry, something he did only once during his entire college career.

The 537 net yards allowed by the Patriots is the most ever conceded by a Bill Belichick-coached team, while the 42 points allowed is tied for the highest in his distinguished career.

Blount had over 1,000 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns with the Patriots past year.

Say what you want about Alex Smith, but he balled out Thursday night.

Looking at this outcome from a Raiders' perspective, we can extract a few things.

"Our rookie running back just did a tremendous job", coach Andy Reid said. After a night in which he rushed for three touchdowns in his debut with the team - the first time a player has done that since Marshall Faulk in 1994 - one might have expected the Patriots to see a silver lining with Gillislee.

Ray Russ, former South quarterback who played with Hunt "I'm proud of Kareem".

■ Shaughnessy also wrote about the Patriots' pregame ceremony, celebrating their fifth Super Bowl, while fans relished in clowning and booing Roger Goodell. "He goes, 'I think I can get him on this one, ' so we called it and he got him". After the Hunt fumble, it appeared the Patriots would easily cover the nine-point spread as favorites. Nope. The Patriots were not only lucky to survive a lackluster effort against the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship game, they were skating by at the end of the season on their pristine record, despite playing more like the also-rans of the league by December.



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