By, The Sports Xchange
--The last time the Chiefs and Patriots played was the game in which New England quarterback Tom Brady suffered a knee injury that ended his season. After taking a hit on the knee from Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard, Brady was replaced in the New England offense by backup Matt Cassel. It was Cassel who directed the Patriots to a 17-10 victory. He would go on to start the remaining 15 games for the Pats, who finished with an 11-5 record.
--The Chiefs have won only six of 17 games played in New England since the franchises began play in 1960. The last time Kansas City won on the Patriots' home field was Dec. 2, 1990, when the Chiefs took a 37-7 victory.
--There have been only two visits to Gillette Stadium by the Chiefs since that venue opened. The Chiefs lost the most recent meeting between the teams in 2008 (17-10), and New England won the first game between the teams in the new stadium in September 2002, 41-38 in overtime. The Chiefs scored a touchdown on the last play of regulation, and rather than go for two points and a victory, coach Dick Vermeil called for the extra-point kick. It was good, but New England won the overtime coin toss, and the Chiefs never saw the ball again.
--One of the most memorable games between these teams came in 1961 at Boston University Field. Wide receiver Chris Burford was open in the end zone on the game's final play, and quarterback Cotton Davidson's pass was headed in his direction. But a man wearing a tan raincoat came out of the end zone seats and knocked the ball down. Officials never saw him, and he blended back into the crowd as the fans celebrated a Patriots victory. Game film clearly shows his defensive effort to help the home team.
|Tom Brady of the New England Patriots walks off the field after suffering a knee injury vs the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.|
--The Chiefs have faced the Patriots on five different fields in Massachusetts over the previous 51 seasons, and at only one location did they have a winning record: Boston College's Alumni Stadium, where they won in 1969 in the only game played between the teams there. Otherwise, Kansas City was 1-2 at Boston University Field, 2-1-2 at Fenway Park, 2-4 at Foxboro Stadium and is now 0-2 at Gillette Stadium.
BY THE NUMBERS: 152 vs. 0 -- That's the number of starting assignments for QB Tom Brady vs. the number of starts for Tyler Palko over his five seasons of banging around the NFL. Not with the Saints, Cardinals or Steelers did Palko open a game. Finally, with the Chiefs, Palko is set for his first NFL start against New England on Monday night, when Brady makes his 153rd regular-season start.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "A lot of people will assume the world has ended for our team, but it's a four-horse race, and the season is going to continue on. If we can come out and play better football, we will be right in this." -- Coach Todd Haley, assessing the Chiefs' chances in the crowded AFC West standings.
SERIES HISTORY: 13th regular-season meeting. Raiders lead series, 8-4. The Vikings are 3-3 at home, including 2-3 at the Metrodome. Most historic meeting between these two teams, of course, was Super Bowl XI, when the Raiders beat the Vikings 32-14.
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