FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Winning at New England when the Patriots are coming off an historic Super Bowl victory is worth getting a little wild over.
That’s not the Kansas City Chiefs’ style. Not even when a rookie is setting records.
Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times and set an NFL mark in a 42-27 stunner Thursday night to open the NFL season. Hunt’s 246 yards in his pro debut were a record since the 1970 merger.
“We’re going to enjoy the heck out of it,” coach Andy Reid said after a superb second half carried his team. “It’s one of 16 and something to build on.”
Judging by how they won, it certainly is. There were big plays all over the field. The Chiefs, not the Patriots, were making them. Particularly Hunt.
“It started out just a little bit shaky, but it was all heart,” Reid said of the third-round draft pick. “He was trying too hard.”
Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and became the first quarterback with 300-plus yards, four TDs and no interceptions against coach Bill Belichick. The 42 points were the most the Patriots have allowed in Belichick’s 17-plus seasons.
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