BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The New England Patriots lost for the first time at home in more than two years on Sunday with a 23-16 defeat against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City, the Patriots’ conference rival, clinched the AFC West with the win, while New England fell a game behind Baltimore for the top spot in the AFC as the Ravens beat the Bills.
Tom Brady and the Patriots scored first, but widely criticized officiating prevented a pair of would-be touchdowns in the second half.
The Pats trailed by 10 in the third, and had already lost a challenge on a ball spot. Then, Bill Belichick used his final challenge when Travis Kelce was ruled down by contact before Stephen Gilmore’s fumble recovery.
Gilmore would’ve scored if the play hadn’t been whistled dead.
Unfortunately, the coach was out of challenges moments later when N’Keal Harry appeared to score from 12 yards out, but was deemed out of bounds at the two.
Brady and co. settled for a field goal, then couldn’t score when they needed a touchdown late in the game.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports