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FOXBOROUGH Damien Williams Jersey , Mass. (AP) — Young quarterbacks have always had a tough time winning in Gillette Stadium during the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era.Add Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the list.The Patriots had their best offensive night of the 2018 season, amassing 500 total yards while getting another clutch performance from Brady, their surefire Hall of Fame quarterback, in a 43-40 win over the Chiefs on Sunday night .Brady passed for 340 yards and touchdown while running for another score and helped set up Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard, game-winning field goal as New England beat back a frantic second-half rally by the Chiefs.New England’s third straight win was Brady’s 200th victory as a starting quarter, tops all-time. He also passed former teammate Adam Vinatieri for most career wins in the regular season and playoffs combined with 227.“I think we have a lot of clutch players,” Brady said. “I think we have no problem grinding it out. That’s what the football season’s all about. I don’t think we’ve seen our best. I think we can play a lot better and I think that’s what we plan to do.”The Patriots have now won three straight games since starting the season 1-2. And, at least offensively, they seem to be finding a groove following a slow start that included lopsided losses to Jacksonville and Detroit.New England now has scored 30 or more points in three consecutive games.It is the first blemish of the season for the Chiefs (5-1) and first loss as a starter for Kansas City’s 23-year-old QB Mahomes, who started the game slowly before rallying his team from a 15-point, first-half deficit to take a late lead.He threw a pair of early interceptions , but regained confidence down the stretch leading touchdown drives with the same improbable plays he’s been pulling off all season. He kept quieting a nervous New England crowd.The Chiefs tied the game at 40 via Mahomes’ 75-yard TD pass to Tyreek Hill. But they left too much time on the clock for Brady, who marched his team down the field to set up the eventual winning kick.“They had a good game plan,” Mahomes said. “They threw a lot of pressure at us Tyrann Mathieu Jersey , a lot of different, and I just tried to stay within myself. I missed some throws even when there was pressure that we could have scored on and I feel like as the game went on I just kept making the reads and throwing the ball and I started connecting on the ones later.”The Chiefs imploded with Alex Smith under center last season, losing six of their final 11 after a 5-0 start. But tight end Travis Kelce said he feels like this team has lots of room to grow and has a different mentality than it did this time last season.“You got to love the way the team fought,” he said. “It is crappy losing and nobody likes to lose. It is unfortunate that the team that ended up with the ball won. It is something to learn from and you have to start fast.”GOOD AND BAD HISTORYMahomes ended his night passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns, setting a Chiefs’ record for five straight 300-yard passing games.But Mahomes still joined a dubious club.Quarterbacks under 25 years old are now 0-24 all-time in Foxborough during the regular-season against the Patriots.JUST A NUMBERThe Patriots have allowed 40-plus points in a regular season game just three times in the last five seasons — all to the Chiefs.Until Sunday, New England was 0-6 when allowing that many points in a game, including the playoffs, in the Belichick era.SUPER SONYThe Patriots seem to have found a jewel in rookie running back Sony Michel.Michel rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s victory, his second 100-yard game this season. He also had 98 yards in New England’s win over Indianapolis.He has now scored a rushing touchdown in three straight games. The last Patriots rookie with a rushing touchdown in three straight games was BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who did so in four straight in 2008.NO PUNTS, NO PENALTIESThe Patriots finished the game without punting and were not charged with a penalty. It is the first time in the Super Bowl era that an NFL team played an entire game without punting or being charged a penalty.It was the sixth time in franchise history that the Patriots were not charged with a penalty and the fifth time in franchise history that the Patriots did not punt in a regular season game. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs‘ defense had been hearing all season about how bad it was, and how it was the biggest threat to an offensive juggernaut falling short of the Super Bowl.Then it shut down the Oakland Raiders in Week 17.Now, the Raiders are hardly one of the NFL’s premier offenses Steven Nelson Jersey , and they rolled into Arrowhead Stadium with little impetus to play hard. But by holding Derek Carr and the rest of the Oakland offense in check, it gave the Chiefs some positive momentum heading into the playoffs, not to mention proof that some subtle tweaks to their personnel packages had paid dividends.“We just have to keep it rolling,” said linebacker Justin Houston, the defense’s longtime emotional leader. “It’s a great time for us to play like this. We were firing on all cylinders from the front to the back end (against Oakland), and now we just have to build off it.”That’s because Andrew Luck and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts, who come to Kansas City for the divisional round Saturday, represent a massive upgrade in competition.Luck threw the second-most touchdown passes in the NFL this season, behind the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, and played behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.The Indy offense isn’t a one-trick pony, either. The Colts dominated the Texans on the ground in a 21-7 win in the wild-card round as Marlon Mack piled up 148 yards rushing and a touchdown.The Colts have roared into the postseason with seven wins in eight games.“Andrew’s going to get you every once in a while,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “and you’ve got to make sure you get him more than he gets you, but he’s got a lot of good players around him. That offensive line Tony Gonzalez Jersey , people can argue with you that it’s the best in the National Football League. You look at the receivers, they’ve got good receivers, they’ve got good tight ends, you go all the way around.“You’ve got to bring your best. That’s what the playoffs are all about,” Reid added. “This is the best in the National Football League, which is the best in the world, and you have an opportunity to do that. That’s an exciting thing, but you better bring your best every play.”The question for the Chiefs is simple, though: Is their best good enough?Indianapolis was fifth in scoring while the Chiefs were 24th in scoring defense. They were last in the league in rush defensive efficiency, average yards after contact and first-down percentage, and they were second-to-last in yards-per-carry allowed despite many teams trying to play catch-up.As bad as those numbers were, though, the Chiefs were actually respectable against the pass. And they were downright dominant when it came to pressuring the quarterback, generating sacks on 7.4 percent of pass plays — better even than Khalil Mack and the Bears — and pressure on 31.1 percent of them.That sets the stage for an intriguing matchup between the Indy offensive line Derrick Thomas Jersey , which has allowed no more than one sack in a game since Week 4, and the Chiefs’ dominant pass rush.“The goal and strategy remains the same,” Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said. “Run the football and set up other things by running it, and then be successful in situational football.”The Chiefs made some key personnel changes late in the season, effectively benching veteran safety Ron Parker and cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Daniel Sorensen, Charvarius Ward and Jordan Lucas have been playing more, and their results against woebegone Oakland were encouraging.The Chiefs also could get safety Eric Berry back after he missed Week 17 with a recurrence of his heel injury. Berry played only two games this season, but he changed the entire dynamic of the Kansas City defense for the snaps he was on the field.“We’ve just got to lock in,” Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller said. “For us, we’re inside this building. That’s the only thing we’re focusing on. I’m not a big social media guy. We just come together week-in and week-out, to win on Saturday. We just keep it in-house and focus on each other.”NOTES: Berry and WR Sammy Watkins (foot) participated in the portion of practice open to the media Tuesday. DT Derrick Nnaddi (concussion) also said that he’d been cleared to rejoin practice. … OLB Dorian O’Daniel did not practice because of a calf and ankle injury.100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta

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