Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Dressed in a sea of red, the raucous
crowd at Arrowhead Stadium set another Guinness world record.
And then the Kansas City Chiefs used the surge from their fans to decimate Tom
Brady and the New England Patriots.
Jamaal Charles returned from a sprained right ankle and scored three
touchdowns as the Chiefs routed the Patriots, 41-14, on Monday night.
Charles carried the ball 18 times for 92 yards and added three receptions for
16 yards for Kansas City (2-2), which raced out to a 27-0 third-quarter lead
and never looked back in its second straight win after an 0-2 start.
The Chiefs’ fans reclaimed the record for loudest outdoor sports venue in the
first half. Their noise level of 142.2 decibels broke the 137.6 mark that the
Seattle Seahawks faithful set on Dec. 2. Kansas City previously set the record
on Oct. 13.
“The fans are phenomenal. 142.2 decibel level. I never thought I’d be fired up
about decibel levels but I’m fired up,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said. “I
mean it was loud-loud down there.”
Alex Smith completed 20-of-26 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns,
Travis Kelce had eight receptions for 93 yards and a score and Knile Davis
posted 107 yards on 16 totes in the triumph.
New England failed to crack the 300-yard barrier for the third time in four
games after doing it just four times last season. The Patriots totaled 290
Brady was 14-of-23 for 159 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and
Brandon LaFell caught six passes for 119 yards and a score for the
Patriots (2-2), who suffered their worst defeat since losing to San Diego
41-17 in 2005.
“Couldn’t really move the ball consistently on offense and turned the ball
over in the second half,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said.
After punting on their first possession, the Chiefs found the end zone on each
of their next two series.
Left tackle Eric Fisher set the edge to spring Charles for a 17-yard run down
the left sideline, and Smith hit Dwayne Bowe for a 13-yard completion. Bowe
later hauled in a 15-yard completion over the middle on a 3rd-and-8 before
Charles plunged in for the score from two yards out.
On their next touch, Davis broke off a 48-yard run down the left sideline,
Kelce picked up 33 yards on a pass in the right flat and Smith flipped a 5-
yard TD pass to Charles in the right flat to give KC a 14-0 advantage early in
Cairo Santos kicked a 22-yard field goal on the final play of the half to make
After Dustin Colquitt’s 37-yard punt was downed at the 1-yard line, Tamba Hali
flew around the edge to strip-sack Brady and recover the fumble on the third
play of New England’s sequence.
Smith then hit Charles out of the backfield again for a score, this time from
eight yards out.
Sean Smith intercepted a Brady overthrow of LaFell on the second snap of the
Patriots’ ensuing drive, which led to a 31-yard Santos field goal.
The Patriots finally found the end zone late in the third quarter when LaFell
hauled in a 44-yard TD reception, cutting the gap to 27-7 at the 3:26 mark. It
was their first second-half touchdown this season.
Kansas City added two more scores in the early stages of the fourth. Smith
tossed a two-yard TD pass to Kelce, and Husain Abdullah returned a Brady
interception 39 yards for a score.
Rob Gronkowski’s 13-yard TD catch from backup Jimmy Garoppolo capped the
scoring midway through the frame.
Bowe caught five passes for 81 yards … The Chiefs were 7-of-12 on third
down, while New England finished 2-of-9 … Kansas City held the ball for
36:27 … The Chiefs snapped a four-game losing at Arrowhead Stadium.