In Week 14, the Kansas City Chiefs jumped out to a multiple-score lead in New England against the Patriots and held on for the 23-16 victory to improve to 9-4.
Also with the win, the Kansas City Chiefs, for the fourth consecutive season, clinched the AFC West.
That’s all well and good, but it’s also empty at this point. I won’t go so far as to call it meaningless, because it has meaning: a home playoff game. And there’s a chance–albeit slim–that the Chiefs could still get a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Let’s now reflect on the Chiefs’ big road win. Here are my 10 likes and 10 dislikes from the win over the Patriots.
*11. There’s a bonus one!
The old saying is, Defense wins championships. That always annoyed the hell out of me, because it’s simply not true. A defense can rock, but without a decent offense or functioning special teams unit, what good is it?
Regardless, the Chiefs defense showed up strong against the Patriots, limiting the Tom Brady-led squadron to just 16 points at home. Kansas City also racked up eight tackles for loss, six QB hits, three sacks, two passes defended, and one interception while holding New England to 2-for-12 on third down and 1-for-3 on fourth down.