He instead turned the game into a classic duel in his first showdown with New England's Tom Brady.
That's what Mahomes did.
The return of Julian Edelman has certainly helped the offensive turnaround, as Brady's favorite receiver hauled in four receptions for 54 yards, including Brady's only touchdown pass of the game. So many that, when these games end we're like jewelers inspecting diamonds searching for flaws in something that was really, really exquisite.
The win improves the Patriots to 4-2 on the season and they'll now move on to the Bears, with a trip to Chicago up next for the team next Sunday at 1pm ET.
But while the veteran came out on top, he was quick to praise his opponent.
Down the stretch, there were a lot of great plays made by both sides, but it ended up being a field goal by Stephen Gostkowski as time expired that ended it. "They threw a lot of pressure at us, a lot of different, and I just tried to stay within myself". They're going to be pretty tough to stop. And, we talked about competing for 60 minutes, and that's what it took.
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Roy and Amber Rodney said their daughter loved to perform. "She's my baby", a distraught O'Brien said, her face wet with tears. Rick Scott said state officials still "do not know enough" about the fate of those who stayed behind in the region.
The Chiefs imploded with Alex Smith under center last season, losing six of their final 11 after a 5-0 start.
Mahomes is in just his second season while Brady is 41 and has five Super Bowls. The Chiefs still hold a one-game lead over the Patriots and anyone else in the AFC. Until Sunday, New England was 0-6 when allowing that many points in a game, including the playoffs, in the Belichick era.
Hightower baited Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes into his first of two interceptions. After a short pass from Tom Brady, Gronkowski showed off his impressive strength by using a massive stiff arm to throw down a Kansas City Chiefs defender. He's been better than expected and played a critical role in New England being able to control the football and keep the Chiefs defense off balance.
"All I know, he's going to give all he has to try and get in the end zone", Sony Michel said. "That happens in this league". Inexplicably, the Chiefs decided that after double-teaming Gronkowski basically the whole game it would be a good idea for cornerback Josh Shaw to cover him man-to-man. "We left some points out there".