After carrying a 27-3 lead into the fourth quarter, New England rubbed a little salt in the wound with a touchdown run on fourth down by rookie running back Shane Vereen with just over a minute remaining in the game.
The Chiefs held tough in the first half but had no answer for the Patriots in the second half. Tyler Palko finished 25-38 for 236 yards and three interceptions. Thomas Jones led the way on the ground carrying the ball eight times for 48 yards. Dwayne Bowe caught seven balls for 87 yards in the loss.
Tom Brady struggled early but found his rhythm late in the first half as he hooked up with tight end Rob Gronkowski twice for touchdowns. Brady finished 15-27 for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the game. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 81 yards while Gronkowski finished with four catches for 96 yards including those two touchdowns.
Kyle Arrington extended his league leading interception total to seven with two picks against Palko. The Patriots only out gained the Chiefs by a 380 to 334 count in total yardage but hit a big play in special teams with a Julian Edelman 72 yard punt return for a touchdown.