FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tyler Palko caught the New England Patriots off guard in his first NFL start and Ryan Succop's 26-yard field goal lifted the Kansas City Chiefs to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter on Monday night.
Palko completed five of six passes for 39 yards in the period as Kansas City outgained New England 103 to 33.
Thomas Jones had a 26-yard run during Kansas City's scoring drive, which started at its own 45 after a 25-yard punt return by Javier Arenas. The Chiefs got to the 5 on Jones' run, but went backward from there. It started with an illegal shift penalty, followed by a 1-yard gain by Jones and then a disastrous draw by Palko.
Andre Carter smothered Palko the moment he tucked the ball and started forward, dropping him at the 15 and forcing the Chiefs to settle for Succop's field goal 1:30 left in the first.
The Patriots sputtered on their first two drives, going three-and-out on the first and running five plays before punting again on the second. Tom Brady, who was called for intentional grounding on third down on New England's first possession, was 2-for-7 for 19 yards in the period.
The Chiefs' second drive reached the New England 36, but stalled there on fourth-and-1. Palko tried to draw the Patriots offsides with a hard count, but it didn't work. New England's defensive unit didn't budge — even after Palko walked off toward the sideline and the offensive line remained set.
Kansas City took a delay-of-game penalty and punted to the New England 10.