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4-2, 1st in AFC East
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Ex-Hernandez teammates describe odd behavior

Interviews by The Boston Globe of former Patriots teammates of Aaron Hernandez illustrate an erratic and troubling player in his last season with the team.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski: Fan throwing beer at Tyreek Hill goes too far.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Slater: Issues on kickoff coverage require more physicality and using hands/tackling better.

Stephen A. bails on Max's new Brady-cliff theory (2:05)
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Chiefs LB: Feared flag so let Brady go on TD

Chiefs linebacker Breeland Speaks says he feared getting flagged when he was wrapping up Tom Brady, so he let him go and the quarterback scored.

Rex still amazed by Brady, Belichick duo (1:36)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: Josh Gordon plays 63 as his role in offense increases (he had 18 apiece in Weeks 4-5). "I think we were preparing for that all week at practice. I was expecting a little heavy of a workload," he said, as Julian Edelman (71), Chris Hogan (47), Cordarrelle Patterson (6), Phillip Dorsett (3) and Matthew Slater (1) round out WR corps.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive snaps: Jason McCourty (54) remains the starter at CB, with Eric Rowe (17) returning from missing three games due to injury and playing in sub packages.

Pats take back-and-forth battle with Chiefs (1:21)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Quick-hit personnel thoughts from Patriots' win:‬ UP — K Stephen Gostkowski, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Elandon Roberts, RB Sony Michel‬; DOWN — CB Jason McCourty, S Devin McCourty, S Duron Harmon, Kickoff coverage.

Devin McCourty says Pats gave great effort to stop Chiefs (1:06)
Edelman: Mahomes is 'playing lights out' (1:54)
Brady says Pats haven't seen 'their best' (0:43)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN Stats & Information: This is the first game in NFL history to end 43-40. The 83 combined points are 3 points shy of the most combined points in a Patriots home game all-time. The most was 86 in a 43-43 tie between the Boston Patriots and Oakland Raiders in 1964 and tied in 2013 when the Patriots won 55-31 over the Steelers.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Sony Michel is the first Patriots running back with 18-plus carries in three straight games since LeGarrette Blount in 2016 (two such streaks that year). Before that, Stevan Ridley (2012) was the last. It's pretty clear Michel is going to get the usage required for RB1 numbers.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots 43, Chiefs 40 (final): It wasn't the decisive 60-minute performance they wanted, but these are the types of games that can build championship mettle. Mental toughness shown by Patriots as they almost blow big lead, before making big plays down the stretch.

Gronk's big play sets up winning field goal (0:39)
Brady dives for 4-yard TD run (0:18)

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

The Chiefs made a mistake kicking the XP following their TD at the end of the 3rd quarter. They now trail by 1 with 10 minutes to play. According to ESPN's Win Probability (WP) model, the Chiefs needed just a 26% chance of conversion to make the two-point attempt worthwhile. League average is just under 50%. Overall it was a -2.0% WP error.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.219th
Rushing Yards123.011th
Points For29.34th
Points Against24.7Tied-18th

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