The game started out bad for the Chiefs and in the end the first drive of the game dictated the outcome. On a night when fans were passionate the players on the field couldn't match the Bostonians as New England ran, passed and played enough defense to stop Kansas City and extend their losing streak to three games.
The Patriots opened the scoring as they waltzed down the field with ease as running back Corey Dillon scored from five yards out to give New England a 7-0 lead. On the drive the Patriots converted three long third down conversions on the 10-play drive that took nearly five minutes of the clock. With that touchdown the Patriots set an NFL record by scoring a touchdown on their first possession for the fifteenth straight game.
The Chiefs offense tried to match the Patriots scoring drive but the offense fizzled after Trent Green opened the drive by hitting 22-yard pass play. From there the Chiefs had to settle for a 44-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.
On the next possession the defense held the vaulted Patriots offense who looked like they'd score every time they had the ball. Eddie Kennison who scored a touchdown last week against the Saints added his first of two on the night. This time he Green found the Chiefs fastest wide receiver for a 65-yard run and catch that Kennison waltzed into the end zone. On the play, Kennison got behind Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel. Kennison spun free and ran untouched into the end zone giving Kansas City a 10-7 lead.
On the ensuing kick-off Lawrence Tynes hit a line drive that resulted in New England starting the drive on their own 47-yard line but the Chiefs forced their second straight three and out. That turned the ball back to the Kansas City offense and they quickly went back to work as Green continued his hot hand hitting consecutive passes to Kennison and tight end Tony Gonzalez. But the drive stalled as the Patriots defense sacked Trent Green on third down and they had to give the ball back to New England.
With that momentum in hand New England's offense went back to work as Tom Brady found one open receiver after another as Kansas City's defense aided the cause by a couple of defensive penalties that resulted in the Patriots getting right back in the end zone. Dillon rushed for his second score of the game as he ran off right guard and slid into the end zone from the one-yard line as New England regained the lead 14-10. On the drive the Patriots held the ball for nearly five minutes and executed their offense to perfection. The Chiefs defense was powerless and undermanned at stopping them.
Needing to make a play on offense Green tried to hit pay-dirt once again as he tried to hit Kennison on what would have been his second touchdown of the game. Although he was wide open, the ball was slightly under-thrown and Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel tipped the ball and Kennison could not hold onto it. If Green had lofted the ball even an inch higher, Kennison would have walked into the end zone. That was costly as the Patriots defense held and they had to turn the ball back over to the enemy.
But Tom Brady made it look easy as he led his team inside the 9-yard line when he executed a 48 yard completion to Daniel Graham. But this time the Chiefs defense held and the Patriots had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri giving New England a 17-10 lead.
The Chiefs defense finally started making some plays and now it was up to the offense to move down the field and try to tie the game. Green went back to the air as the Patriots defense stuffed Derrick Blaylock and the running game. This time Green found Johnnie Morton for a 36-yard gain. But after converting on a 4th and one, Green made another critical mistake near the goal line.
Facing a critical third and goal from the nine-yard line the Chiefs quarterback lofted a soft toss that was intercepted in the end zone by Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. On the play he was attempting to hit Tony Gonzalez but he was double-teamed and the throw was ill-advised. That ended the scoring threat and the Chiefs trailed at halftime by seven points.
In the second half the Chiefs held the ball for nearly nine minutes to open the second half. Trent Green knew he had to get the offense back in the end zone but once again he failed to get the job done. To his credit he did manage to convert several long third down completions, two of them to Johnnie Morton and another to Gonzalez. But facing a third and two inside the Patriots five yard line, they turned back to Blaylock who lost yardage and the Chiefs had to settle for another Tynes field goal; this time from 24-yards out giving the Patriots a 17-13 lead.
That was costly as the Chiefs were forced to turn the ball back to the Patriots defense defeated they couldn't punch it in the end zone. The defense tried to stop the Patriots but facing a critical third down, Brady hit wide receiver David Patton for a 46-yard gain that sucked the life out of the defense. He burned defensive back Julian Battle who simply needed to turn around instead the ball sailed over his head and into the hands of Patton. On the very next play, Brady threw a short pass to Deion Branch who cutback across the field and went untouched until he was tackled in the end zone. That play encapsulated the Chiefs entire season. The Patriots grabbed a commanding 24-13 lead.
After the Chiefs offense failed once again, the Patriots were on the verge of knocking Kansas City out of the 2004 season but New England's Corey Dillon fumbled inside the Chiefs five yard line and hope remained for Kansas City.
This time Trent Green went back to work and engineered a picture perfect 97-yard drive that ended when he found Kennison 11 plays later for a 26-yard scoring strike that made the score 24-19. The Chiefs attempted to pull within three points but Green tried to squeeze the ball to Kennison and the ball was nearly picked off by Harrison.
That meant the defense had to make a stop after failing to secure wins in each of the teams six losses, they had to make a stand but they couldn't get the job done as the Patriots added another field goal by Vinatieri from 28-yards out giving the Patriots a 27-19 lead.
Kansas City had one more chance but Green could not get the ball down the field and the Patriots sacked the Chiefs quarterback on fourth down and any hopes of a post season birth ended with the teams third loss at home this season.
The loss was bitter but it showed that Kansas City is light-years behind the Patriots and next week they'll face the San Diego Chargers and former head coach Marty Schottenheimer. It's hard to believe that these two franchises are going in opposite directions.
But they are and the Chiefs will play out the string by playing five of their last six games against the AFC West and all they can do is try and spoil it for either the Broncos or Chargers.