By Bernd Buchmasser
The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs played one of the most exciting regular season games in recent memory yesterday, a 43-40 thriller that was decided in the home team’s favor on the final play. The contest produced many a memorable moments, and some plenty of standout performances – for better or for worse. Let’s take a look at some of them.
The Patriots gained 500 yards of offense against the Chiefs, with a respectable 173 of which coming on the ground. New England was willing to stick to the running game all night long and a big reason why it worked was the offensive line’s dominance: the unit paved the way for the team’s running backs to run wild over the Kansas City defense, which contributed to the Patriots dominating the time of possession 36:09-23:51. The unit also was strong when it came to pass protection.
Sony Michel delivered another very good performance and was given a big role in New England’s offense. Overall, the first-round rookie carried the football 24 times for 106 yards – his second 100-yard game in the last three weeks – and two touchdowns. Michel’s productivity on the ground did not only help the Patriots control the tempo of the game, it also set up play-action opportunities for the...