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Other than the first three quarters of Super Bowl LI, when is the last time you could honestly say the Patriots looked underwhelming? It happened on a night where New England and its fans celebrated one of the greatest championship victories in sports history.

In a game that everyone expected to end in a Patriots rout, the Kansas City Chiefs came into Gillette Stadium and shocked the Patriots with a season-opening 42-27 win.

While they won't show up as turnovers on the stat sheet, the Patriots failed to convert on two fourth-and-one plays, which wound up being the difference. Tom Brady wasn't at his best either, going 16-of-36 for 267 yards.

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt stole the show for the Chiefs after fumbling on his very first carry. He ran the ball 13 times for 83 yards and a touchdown while also catching five passes for 98 yards and two scores, one of them being the final touchdown of the game.

And who would've expected Alex Smith to best Brady the way he did? Smith was 28-of-35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns.

Things looked promising in the early going for New England, as Mike Gillislee capped off the team's opening drive by scoring one of his three touchdowns on the night. Then Hunt fumbled inside Kansas City territory, which gave the Patriots the ball and a chance to go up by two scores but failed to put any points on the board.

The Patriots also lost Dont'a Hightower to a knee injury and Danny Amendola to a head injury. So with New England already thin at wide receiver, losing Amendola, who finished the night with six catches for 100 yards, is a big blow.

Falling to 0-1 for the first time since 2014, the Patriots will travel to New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints next Sunday.

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Jesse Gaunce 9/08/2017 12:16:00 AM Edit
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