FOXBORO, MASS., DEC. 2 -- Steve DeBerg threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Kansas City Chiefs scored on their first five possessions and went on to rout the New England Patriots, 37-7, today.

DeBerg, playing for his fifth NFL team, threw scoring passes of 86 yards to Stephone Paige on the Chiefs' first play and 11 yards to Robb Thomas on their last play of the half for a 23-0 lead.

"We just wanted to back them off early in the game" with long passes, said DeBerg, who began the day as the AFC's third-ranked passer after spending much of his career on various benches.

"We came into the game with the full intention to run the football. It just so happened that the pass plays we were calling ended up as big plays, so we stuck with it."

After punting on their first series of the third quarter, the Chiefs blocked their sixth punt of the season, a league record, and made the score 30-0 two plays later on Christian Okoye's one-yard run. He scored on another one-yard run with 7:29 left.

The Chiefs (8-4), who are tied with the Los Angeles Raiders for the AFC West lead, are seeking their first division title in 19 years. They came into the game with a league-high 42 sacks and added six more. The Patriots (1-11) set a team record with their 10th consecutive loss.

The attendance of 26,280 was the lowest in the league this season. The previous low was 28,924 for the Colts' game here Nov. 11.

The Chiefs' scoring drives covered 86, 80, 70, 60 and 59 yards.