Kansas City Chiefs Set Incredible New NFL Record With Win Over Patriots

Over the last two seasons, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have made a habit of breaking records. They continued the trend on Monday, defeating the New England Patriots at home to improve their record to 4-0.

The 26-10 win means the Chiefs have now won their first four games in each of the last four seasons, the first time an NFL team has accomplished the feat. Remarkably, since Andy Reid was appointed head coach in January 2013, Kansas City has put together a four-game winning streak in each of the following eight seasons.

The Chiefs haven't lost a regular-season game since they were defeated 35-32 in Nashville by the Tennessee Titans and the win on Monday extended their winning streak to 10 regular-season games, which remains a long way away from the all-time record of 23 consecutive regular-season wins set by the Indianapolis Colts over the 2008 and 2009 season.

It is not inconceivable to think the Chiefs could extend their record to 15 games by the time they reach their bye in Week 10, as over the next five weeks they will face just one team with a winning record—the Buffalo Bills, who have also got off to a 4-0 start.

The Chiefs' trip to Buffalo on Thursday Night Football on October 15 is by far the biggest threat to their winning streak, particularly as it comes on the back of a short turnaround week.

Aside from the Bills, Kansas City hosts the 2-2 Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, before a trip to the 1-3 Denver Broncos in Week 7 and back-to-back home games against the 0-4 New York Jets and 2-2 Carolina Panthers in the following two weeks.

Over the last two seasons, the Chiefs' high-octane offense has grabbed the lion's share of the headlines, but on Monday it was the defense's time to shine. With the Chiefs scoring just two field goals in the first half, the defense kept the Patriots to a paltry three points over the first three quarters, before Kansas City's offense eventually clicked into gear and scored three touchdowns in the final two quarters.

Slow starts and late scoring sprees are a regular feature of games between the Chiefs and the Patriots. Since Patrick Mahomes became a starter at the beginning of the 2018 season, New England is the only team to have prevented Kansas City from scoring a touchdown in its first four possessions, a feat they have managed three times.

In each of the first two games, Mahomes subsequently guided the Chiefs to score 31 points in the second half. On Monday, Kansas City added 20 points in the second half, six of which came courtesy of a 25-yard pick-six from Tyrann Mathieu.

"I think you see with our team, last season with this offense, even if you hold us out, we can go out there and make plays when they count," Mahomes was quoted as saying by ESPN after the game.

"That's big. When you're in games like that, those kind of dog fights and you're going against teams that are really good, whenever your number is called you have to be able to make a play and I thought guys made plays to give us enough points that we can go out there and get the win."

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Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is announced before the game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium on October 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jamie Squire/Getty