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.

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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)

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Fans hold towels depicting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wearing a clown nose during the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs stiff arms Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots as he runs for a 4-yard rushing touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Terrance Mitchell, left, keeps New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks (14) from catching a pass at the goal line during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Ron Parker #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs attempts to tackle Mike Gillislee #35 of the New England Patriots during the first half of their game at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is upended after making a catch during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs dives for the pylon to score a 4-yard rushing touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) gives a stiff arm to New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks (14) makes a catch against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Eric Murray (21) and cornerback Jacoby Glenn (39) during the forth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

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New England Patriots defensive backs Stephon Gilmore (24) and Jordan Richards (37) tackle Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots is unable to make a touchdown reception during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)