So What If The Patriots Were Hurt

OK, so maybe the injury-depleted New England Patriots the Chiefs defeated 26-16 in Arrowhead Stadium aren't playing like the dominating 14-2 teams that went on to win the Super Bowl the past two seasons.

The Chiefs don't care. In their thinking, the defending champion Patriots are still a championship-caliber team, a division leader, and any victory over such a team is reason to feel good.

Beyond that, the Chiefs figure, if their improving defense can hold Tom Brady, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, to his second-worst day as a starter, maybe it can do the same this week when West Division leader Denver comes to Arrowhead for yet another key game in Kansas City's bid to return to the playoffs.

Brady was intercepted four times, three by free safety Greg Wesley, and finished with a horrid 42.5 rating -- the second-worst of his career as a starter. And even though he played without Corey Dillon and David Givens and several of his top linemen, Brady remains a quarterback who will always command the respect of an opponent.

"The guy's taken them to three Super Bowls in the past four years," defensive end Eric Hicks said. "But today we got some hits on him and got some hands in his face. You do that to any quarterback; even the great ones can become average."

Doing that to Brady gives the Chiefs reason to hope, anyway, that they might be able to do the same to Jake Plummer when he comes to Kansas City.

CHIEFS REWIND:
Kansas City scored on its first five possessions, though settling for Lawrence Tynes field goals on four of them, to take a 19-3 halftime lead en route to a 26-16 win over New England. The Patriots managed only 104 yards in the first half.

A 52-yard Trent Green to Dante Hall TD pass opened a 26-3 cushion. But Tom Brady and the Patriots fought back with TD drives of 69 and 78 yards and closed to within 10 points after a failed two-point conversion with 10 minutes remaining. But interceptions by Greg Wesley with 3:43 remaining and Sammy Knight at the 2:03 mark kept the rally at bay.

The Patriots gained 199 of their 306 yards in the final 25 1/2 minutes -- after the Chiefs led 26-3 -- as Brady led TD drives of 69 and 78 yards.

CHIEFS PLAYER NOTES:
QB Trent Green had his best day of the season in amassing a 127.6 quarterback rating on 19-of-26 accuracy for 323 yards and one touchdown against New England. He wasn't intercepted.

RB Larry Johnson had his fourth straight 100-yard game in the absence of Priest Holmes. His 119-yard, one-TD effort against New England was his fifth century game of the year.

FS Greg Wesley jokingly told teammates before the New England game that he would have a three-interception game, which he did. The last time he had such a game, he also forecast it before a 2002 game in Miami.

K Lawrence Tynes, in booting field goals of 25, 20, 33 and 47 yards in the second quarter became the seventh kicker in NFL history to kick four field goals in one quarter. He had no other field-goal attempts in the game.

WR Samie Parker had the best game of his short NFL career in leading the Chiefs with 76 yards on five catches against the Patriots.

CHIEFS GAME DAY INJURIES:
SS - Sammy Knight - Left Ankle Sprain
C - Casey Wiegmann – Right Ankle Sprain
DE - Carlos Hall - Right Hamstring Strain
LB - Rich Scanlon – Left Thigh Bruise

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