Nothing is going the Patriots’ way. Yet, they trail the defending Super Bowl champions only 6-3 at halftime.
They should, at minimum, be tied.
The Patriots, out of timeouts, decided to run one more play on third-and-nine at the Kansas City 13 with eight seconds remaining. Brian Hoyer took a sack with Frank Clark tackling him for a 13-yard loss that ended the half.
The Patriots, of course, began the night without starting quarterback Cam Newton, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.
Then, Devin McCourty dropped an interception that hit him in the hands on the Chiefs’ first drive.
Referee Tony Corrente and his crew blew a call and a livid Bill Belichick didn’t challenge it. Corrente did not provide an explanation, but it appears he ruled a sack by Chase Winovich on Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes, though, was not down and either fumbled or had the ball intercepted by Shilique Calhoun.
The Chiefs punted.
Mahomes is 11-of-17 for 137 yards, and Hoyer is 10-of-16 for 73 yards and an interception.
The Chiefs have gone without a touchdown in the opening half for only the third time in the Mahomes era — a Week Six loss to the Patriots in 2018 and the 2018 AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.