Kansas City Defeats New England, 42-27, in Opener

The Chiefs put up 537 yards of total offense in the victory

The Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) defeated the New England Patriots (0-1), 42-27, on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass. to begin the 2017 season.

Quarterback Alex Smith threw four touchdown passes and rookie running back Kareem Hunt scored three times to upend the defending Super Bowl Champions on national television.

The Chiefs racked up 537 yards of total offense overall and scored 28 points in the second half on their way to the season-opening victory.

Kansas City's 42 points were the most New England had allowed since Sept. 29, 2014, also against Kansas City, and the most they had allowed at home since Oct. 21, 1984.

Smith completed 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went for 75-plus yards. Tyreek Hill hauled in a 75-yard strike and Hunt scored on a 78-yard pass.

Hunt, who was playing in his first career game, ran for 148 yards and a touchdown while catching five passes for 98 yards. His 246 yards from scrimmage were the most ever by a player in his NFL debut.

On the injury front, safety Eric Berry left the game in the fourth quarter with an Achilles injury.  

The Chiefs will kickoff the home opener next week against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 17 at Arrowhead Stadium.

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