Chiefs vs Patriots - Game 10

Posted Nov 15, 2011


ESPN (KMBC 9 in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Ian Eagle - Color Commentator: Jon Gruden/Ron Jaworski

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

Kansas City travels to New England to play its second Monday Night Football game of the season on Nov. 21. The Chiefs dropped a 17- 10 decision to AFC West rival Denver (11/13) last week to fall to 4-5 on the season. The club trails Oakland by one game in the AFC West. New England won 37-16 at the N.Y. Jets (11/13) on Sunday Night Football.

This is the first meeting between the Chiefs and Patriots since an Opening Day matchup in 2008. In that game, New England QB Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury as Matt Cassel came on to lead the club. New England pulled out a 17-10 win as Cassel finished the game with 152 passing yards. Kansas City had a chance to tie that contest, but could not convert a goal-to-go situation late in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs posted a 3-1 record in the second quarter of the 2011 season, outscoring their opponents by a 82-75 margin. The club became the first team in the NFL to start the season 0-3 and then win its next four games since Pittsburgh accomplished the feat in 2000.

The Chiefs defense has intercepted 13 passes to tie for third in the NFL. The 13 interceptions were the most in Chiefs history after eight games since the club had 18 in 2003. CB Brandon Flowers is tied for third in the AFC and tied for fifth in the NFL by victimizing opposing quarterbacks four times, including taking one back for a touchdown. LB Derrick Johnson has 94 tackles and is on pace for 167 tackles in 2011, a mark that would rank as the highest single-season total in Chiefs history.

WR Dwayne Bowe leads the Chiefs offense with 41 receptions for 663 yards. He is tied for 10th in the AFC with four touchdown catches. RB Jackie Battle has a team-high 403 rushing yards and has averaged 73.2 rushing yards per game dating back to Oct. 9. He had a career-long 34-yard run vs. Denver (11/13) while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. CB Javier Arenas is third in the NFL with a 14.1-yard punt return average.

Kansas City returns home to host Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football next week (11/27). It will be the Chiefs first appearance on Sunday Night Football since playing at San Diego (12/17/06). New England travels to play Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Kansas City has a 16-12-3 (.565) all-time record against New England in the 52-year history of the series. The two clubs are both original members of the American Football League established by Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt. New England holds a 6-9-2 (.412) advantage in games played in the Northeast. Kansas City has played at Gillette Stadium on two different occasions, but lost both contests.

The Patriots have won six of the last seven contests at New England, including four consecutive games. Kansas City’s most recent victory in New England was a 37-7 win vs. the Patriots (12/2/90).

Kansas City is 10-3-1 (.750) in home games against New England. The Chiefs are 2-1 in games played at the Cotton Bowl, 4-1 (.750) at Municipal Stadium and 4-1 (.800) at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 26-16 in the last matchup at Arrowhead Stadium (11/27/05).

Interestingly, the two old AFL rivals have never met in the postseason.

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