FOXBORO, Mass. — Sunday night featured an instant classic at Gillette Stadium.
The Kansas City Chiefs came to Foxboro with a 5-0 record, but Tom Brady and the New England Patriots squeaked out a dramatic 43-40 victory to hand them their first loss.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes faced his toughest challenge this season in the Patriots — and he fared well. After a shaky first half, the 23-year-old completed 23 of his 36 passes for 352 yards with four passing touchdowns and two interceptions.
In fact, Mahomes’ stat line was somewhat similar to Brady’s. The Patriots QB connected on 24 of his 35 attempts for 340 yards with one touchdown.
The two signal-callers shared a brief conversation after the final whistle, and Mahomes shed light on what the accomplished veteran and budding young star told each other.
“He gave me congrats on playing a good game,” Mahomes said after the game. “And of course I did the same to him. I just kind of told him, ‘Good luck for the rest of the season’ and we’re going to go out there and hopefully we can keep playing. And hopefully we might get to see them again.”
If Mahomes keeps playing this well, the two teams potentially could square off in an AFC playoff game this winter. And if that happens, Sunday’s contest proved it could be another thriller.