By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — That soccer sport on Monday night time in Missouri was … actually much more aggressive than most of us anticipated it to be. For some time, anyway.
Ultimately, the Chiefs have been who we thought they have been, and the house staff did sufficient to run away with what the scoreboard mentioned was a cushty 16-point victory. Those that watched the sport know that it wasn’t fairly so easy a story.
Uncharacteristic errors — each of the psychological and bodily selection — value the Patriots dearly, and in consequence, they took the loss.
Listed here are the 4 Ups and 4 Downs for the Patriots from their 26-10 loss in Kansas Metropolis. As at all times after a loss, we’re beginning with the Downs.
The veteran quarterback acquired the beginning over second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham. It didn’t take lengthy for Hoyer to make that seem like a nasty determination on the a part of the teaching employees.
Hoyer missed his first move by overthrowing an open Ryan Izzo. He overthrew Damiere Byrd on third down on the Patriots’ second drive. He threw an interception on the staff’s third drive with .. yet one more overthrow.
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— Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 5, 2020
These throws have been dangerous sufficient, however Hoyer’s ignorance within the pink zone was a killer.
Earlier than halftime, with the clock ticking and no timeouts, Hoyer did the one factor he couldn’t do: He took a sack. In doing so, he value the Patriots their probability at a brief area purpose to tie the sport at 6-6. Worse but, he signaled to name a timeout after the sack, indicating he didn’t even know the state of affairs.
When requested after the sport if there was a communication error from the sideline to Hoyer, head coach Invoice Belichick seemingly made it clear that the error fell squarely on Hoyer’s shoulders.
“No, we have been out of timeouts,” Belichick mentioned.
Was there a communication error in getting the message to Hoyer earlier than the snap, although?
Hoyer made issues worse when he confirmed no really feel within the pocket for a charging Taco Charlton, who stripped the ball from him, resulting in a turnover, costing the Patriots one other quick area purpose probability.
Hoyer completed 15-for-24 for 130 yards with no touchdowns, one interception, and two very pricey sacks. It was his first ever begin for the Patriots … and certain his final.
You possibly can’t assist however marvel what may need been if Devin McCourty had simply held on to what would have been the best interception of his life.
The chance got here on the opening drive of the sport. Patrick Mahomes threw the ball to seemingly no person, and the veteran security was in place to make the decide and provides his staff a much-needed increase after a wild day of journey and COVID checks.
However McCourty dropped it.
HUGE dropped Interception by Devin McCourty.
— Alex (@Dubs408) October 5, 2020
The Chiefs ended up being held to a area purpose on that drive, which felt like a minor victory on the time. However all night time lengthy, the dropped decide felt prefer it may have been — and may have been — a game-changer.
Make no mistake about it: Referee Tony Corrente botched an enormous name that proved extraordinarily pricey for the Patriots.
It got here when Chase Winovich had Mahomes wrapped up within the second quarter. Anybody who’s ever watched Mahomes is aware of that the QB by no means offers up on performs, so Mahomes stored his eyes upfield in an effort to search for a desperation heave. As an alternative, Deatrich Smart swooped in and knocked the ball unfastened. Shilique Calhoun caught it in mid-air, and the Patriots have been in enterprise after forcing that turnover on the Chiefs’ 35-yard line.
However lengthy after Calhoun recovered the unfastened soccer, Corrente blew his whistle, ruling that Mahomes was “being managed” and thus was dominated down by ahead progress.
A live-speed replay confirmed that the whistle blew lengthy after Mahomes misplaced the ball, and cause dictates that had Mahomes thrown a move as a substitute of dedicated a turnover, no such ruling would have been made.
Invoice Belichick loses his thoughts, additionally ditches the double masks after the refs rule that Patrick Mahomes didn't fumble. pic.twitter.com/6w5P75g75x
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 6, 2020
The truth that such a name can’t be challenged actually didn’t make issues any higher for New England.
It was a troublesome break for the Patriots, who would take over on the opposite aspect of the sector for the drive that may finish with Hoyer’s sack earlier than halftime.
At 34 years previous, Julian Edelman stays a troublesome and dependable receiver. However his drops are nonetheless a difficulty.
His first drop on Monday ended up not hurting, as a result of there was a Gunner on the spot to dive in and make a dynamite catch.
His second drop? That was a doozy.
It got here within the fourth quarter, with the Patriots nonetheless within the sport however trailing by 9 factors and needing to be good the remainder of the best way. A Jarrett Stidham move headed Edelman’s manner, however the receiver turned his head upfield earlier than securing the ball.
The move smashed off each of the receiver’s hand, bounced into the air … and straight into the bread basket of Tyrann Mathieu, who ran it 24 yards the opposite manner for a landing that primarily nailed the sport shut.
The Landlord will take it
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— Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 6, 2020
Edelman had simply three catches for 35 yards (all three receptions moved the chains, with one approaching a 3rd down and one other approaching a fourth down). That pricey drop could not have truly mattered in the long run, but it surely was the newest in what needs to be a regarding development for the Patriots.
From @ESPNStatsInfo: Following up on the pick-6, that's the 11th dropped move by Julian Edelman because the begin of final season. No different participant has greater than eight in that span.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 6, 2020
Bonus Down: Ja’Whaun Bentley’s Private Foul
Within the fourth quarter, Deatrich Smart pursued Mahomes from behind on a brief two-yard run. Smart ultimately let up and grabbed Mahomes to keep away from an enormous collision. Sadly for Smart (and Mahomes), Ja’Whaun Bentley got here flying over in pursuit, and although his contact with Mahomes was not egregious, it was sufficient to attract the penalty flag, giving 15 free yards to a Chiefs offense that doesn’t want any additional assist.
The second-year again was stored on mothballs in his rookie 12 months. His second 12 months began with a visit to IR.
Lastly, in the end, the operating again out of Alabama acquired his probability to get common enjoying time, and the 23-year-old capitalized on his alternative.
Harris ran for a good 100 yards on 17 carries, on an evening that included a 41-yard run simply earlier than the third quarter got here to an finish.
Auburn QB arms off to Alabama RB for 41 yards! @Jarrett_Stidham | @DHx34
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— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 6, 2020
Contemplating the offensive line was with out David Andrews and Shaq Mason (inactive attributable to a calf harm), this was a powerful night time throughout for the Patriots’ floor sport, which gained 185 on 35 carries.
Whereas McCourty couldn’t convert his turnover alternative early, Stephon Gilmore created one when he stepped again, sized up Sammy Watkins, and delivered a full-strength punch with exact accuracy to knock the ball free from the extensive receiver on the opening play of the second quarter.
Stephon Gilmore with the compelled fumble!
The @Patriots protection takes it proper again. #GoPats
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— NFL (@NFL) October 5, 2020
J.C. Jackson recovered the ball on the Patriots’ 15-yard line, taking factors off the board for the Chiefs.
It was performs like that one which stored the Patriots within the sport for therefore lengthy.
Jarrett Stidham’s efficiency wasn’t notably excellent. In actual fact, it wasn’t even good. Stidham was 5-for-13 for 60 yards with a landing and two interceptions after coming into the sport within the third quarter.
Nonetheless … his entrance did appear to offer some life for the Patriots, on a drive that ended with Stidham throwing his first profession NFL landing move. Fittingly, he threw it to N’Keal Harry, with whom Stidham entered the league a 12 months in the past.
.@Jarrett_Stidham's first profession TD move is a magnificence to @NkealHarry15!
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— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 6, 2020
It was Harry’s first landing of the 12 months and the Patriots’ first landing of the night time. For a second, it made it appear to be the Patriots may pull off the (almost) unattainable upset.
Kicking, Punting, Gunning
In what’s a small comfort, Nick Folks was good in restricted alternative, hitting a 43-yard area purpose and his PAT. Punter Jake Bailey was booming balls to the moon, averaging 52.three yards per punt, with an extended of 58. All three of his punts got here down contained in the 20, with one hitting the boundary contained in the 5-yard line. And whereas Gunner Olszewski solely had one punt return (for 12 yards), he made a heads-up snag on a dropped move by Edelman that’s positive to win him much more favor with the teaching employees.
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