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Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts Following Sunday's Victory Over New England

Here are some interesting notes about the win

The Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night to notch a huge victory on the road and lock up the AFC West crown.

Here are some interesting notes and facts about the game.

1. The Chiefs are division champions for a fourth-straight year.

Kansas City's victory, coupled with the Oakland Raiders' loss to Tennessee, secured the AFC West crown for a fourth-straight year and extended the longest run of division dominance in franchise history.

The win also locked up a seventh-straight winning season for the Chiefs, the longest streak in franchise history since 1989-97.

2. This was a historic coaching matchup.

Both Chiefs' Head Coach Andy Reid and Patriots' Head Coach Bill Belichick have been winning football games for a while. In fact, Sunday's matchup featured the second-most regular season victories (474) between two opposing head coaches in NFL history, trailing only a 1987 contest that featured Tom Landry and Don Shula.

Additionally, the game marked just the seventh time in NFL history that two coaches each with 200+ regular-season wins went head-to-head, joining Landry vs. Shula (twice) and George Halas vs. Curly Lambeau (4 times).

3. Patrick Mahomes became the first quarterback under the age of 25 to win at Gillette Stadium in 20 years.

Winning at Gillette Stadium during the Belichick/Tom Brady isn't easy, especially for young quarterbacks. New England was undefeated in the regular season against signal callers under the age of 25 at home all-time until Mahomes, at 24-years-old, led the Chiefs to victory on Sunday night.

Mahomes is just the third passer under the age of 25 to win at Gillette during the Belichick/Brady era when including the postseason, joining Mark Sanchez (2011) and Joe Flacco (2010).

4. The victory snapped New England's 21-game winning streak at home.

The Patriots aren't used to losing at home, carrying a 21-game winning streak at Gillette Stadium into Sunday's game before the Chiefs brought that run to an end. Interestingly enough, Kansas City is responsible for two of the Patriots' last three losses at home.

5. Mecole Hardman found the end zone again and matched a franchise record.

Hardman hauled in deep pass from Mahomes and turned on the jets for a 48-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, tallying his sixth score of the year while matching Tyreek Hill, Fred Arbanas and Stephone Paige for the most receiving touchdowns by a rookie in franchise history.

That score put the Chiefs ahead – a lead Kansas City never relinquished – and as Sports Radio 810's Soren Petro points out, the Patriots don't trail at home very often.

6. Travis Kelce tallied the first rushing touchdown of his career.

Kelce lined up in the "wildcat" formation midway through the second quarter and plunged ahead for a four-yard score, marking Kelce's first-career rushing touchdown.

The All-Pro tight end also caught a team-leading seven passes for 66 yards, moving within just 11 yards of 1,000 for the season. If Kelce is able to cross that mark next week against the Broncos, he'll become the first tight end in NFL history to record four-straight 1,000-yard campaigns.

Additionally, here's some more history that Kelce has a shot at this season courtesy of the folks at NFL Research:

7. The Chiefs' defense brought it all night long.

Kansas City's pass-rush generated pressure on Brady throughout the game, tallying six quarterback hits and three sacks. That relentless effort by pass-rushers Frank Clark, Chris Jones, Alex Okafor and others prevented the Patriots' offense from getting on schedule for much of the contest.

The secondary also made some huge plays when it counted, including two enormous pass-breakups by cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who tallied an interception early in the game before batting away Brady's fourth-down pass to the end zone with less than a minute left to secure the victory.

8. Kansas City held New England in check on third down throughout the game.

That defensive effort managed to hold the Patriots to just 2-of-12 on third down, or 16.7 percent, New England's lowest third-down conversion rate since Week 14 of the 2017 season and their worst conversion rate at home since Week 4 of the 2016 campaign.

It certainly made a huge difference in the end.

9. Tanoh Kpassagnon blocked another kick.

A week after blocking an extra point against the Raiders, Kpassagnon used all of his six-foot-seven-inch frame to knock down a Patriots' field goal attempt early in the game.

The play marked the Chiefs' first blocked field goal since the 2017 season.

10. Dustin Colquitt notched a career milestone.

Colquitt has been doing this a long time – 15 years, as a matter of fact – and he just passed a personal milestone. Colquitt now has more than 50,000 career punting yards, becoming just the ninth player in NFL history to reach that mark.

He's just 218 yards shy of matching Chris Gardocki for eighth-place all-time in terms of career gross punt yards.