Adam Vinatieri missed a 32-yard field goal attempt as time ran out, hitting the right upright and watching the ball bounce back, as Kansas City held on for a 16-14 victory over previously unbeaten New England today.
"I could probably go out there and hit a hundred in a row right now. I just didn't hit one when I needed to," said Vinatieri, who had already booted three game-winning field goals this year for the Patriots (4-1).
Drew Bledsoe, who had thrown nine straight incompletions, led the Patriots on a 77-yard touchdown march, capped by Shawn Jefferson's eight-yard touchdown catch with 2 minutes 43 seconds left, to cut Kansas City's lead to 16-14.
The Chiefs (3-2) then had to punt, giving the Patriots the ball on their 33 with 30 seconds to go. Bledsoe's 27-yard completion to Jefferson set up the field goal try by Vinatieri.
"Adam Vinatieri should have never been in that situation to have to make that kick," said Bledsoe, who was 23 for 45 for 334 yards and his first two interceptions in four games. He also fumbled.
The Patriots' loss left no undefeated teams in the AFC.
Elvis Grbac, booed in a lackluster first half, engineered three second-half scoring drives as the Chiefs remained unbeaten in three home games. Grbac was 18 of 26 with 198 yards and one interception.
The Chiefs took a 16-7 lead with 4:52 left in the fourth period on Pete Stoyanovich's 23-yard field goal. After Donnell Bennett's one-yard touchdown run put the Chiefs on top 10-7 with 6:54 to go, Grbac set up a 41-yard field goal by Stoyanovich for a 13-7 lead.