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Chiefs vs. Patriots

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts on the bench during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Best of NFL kickoff game: Chiefs stun Patriots with 42-27 win

Not only did the Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots 42-27, the Chiefs looked like the better team most of the night. When Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West easily sliced through the Patriots defense for big runs late in the game, with West’s touchdown giving the Chiefs a 42-27 lead with four minutes left, the Patriots looked very vulnerable.

It doesn’t mean the dynasty is over. It doesn’t mean the Patriots are falling off a cliff. Nobody bother asking a Jimmy Garoppolo question this week. But it’s also very clear the Patriots aren’t as invincible this season as it looked like they would be.

The 2017 NFL season wasn’t even four hours old and all of a sudden the race for Super Bowl LII looked much more wide open than was anticipated most of the offseason.

Frank Schwab