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Larry Johnson continues to be a more than capable replacement for Priest Holmes.
The moody, third-year running back who complained about a lack of playing time earlier this season, tore through New England's injury-tattered defense for 119 yards and a touchdown as Kansas City topped the Patriots.
Johnson, running behind an offensive line bolstered by the return of Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf, pounded New England inside and out, displaying a Holmes-like patience behind his blockers that was missing his first two years.
Johnson has 462 yards in three games since Holmes, a three-time Pro Bowler, went on injured reserve. He had a one-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter and also caught five passes for 53 yards, including a 30-yard gain on a screen pass.
Kansas City intercepted four of Tom Brady's passes; three of the interceptions came on deflections. Brady had only six picks coming into the game. Free safety Greg Wesley intercepted three of Brady's passes. Sammy Knight grabbed the fourth when the ball bounced off Tim Dwight's hands, stopping the Patriots in the final period when they had some momentum after drawing within 10 points.
Two of Wesley's interceptions set up field goals by Lawrence Tynes.
Kansas City: L.Johnson 1 run (Tynes kick), 9:03.
Kansas City: FG Tynes 25, 13:54.
Kansas City: FG Tynes 20, 10:38.
New England: FG Vinatieri 29, 6:52.
Kansas City: FG Tynes 33, 1:51.
Kansas City: FG Tynes 47, :02.
Kansas City: Hall 52 pass from Green (Tynes kick), 10:28.
New England: Pass 1 run (Vinatieri kick), 4:21.
New England: Fauria 1 pass from Brady (pass failed), 10:03.
PatriotsChiefsFirst Downs 2024Total Net Yards 306420Rushes-Yards 18-7437-112Passing 232308Punt Returns 2-92-20Kickoff Returns 7-1474-100Interceptions Ret. 0-04-26Comp-Att-Int 22-40-419-26-0Sacked-Yards Lost 3-162-15Punts 3-48.33-36.0Fumbles-Lost 1-01-1Penalties-Yards 2-225-35Time Of Possession 25:3534:25RUSHING
New England: Pass 8-26, Dwight 2-17, Brady 1-15, Evans 6-11, Cloud 1-5.
Kansas City: L.Johnson 31-119, Richardson 1-0, Green 4-(minus 2), Kennison 1-(minus 5).
New England: Brady 22-40-4-248.
Kansas City: Green 19-26-0-323.
New England: Dwight 5-76, Branch 5-49, Evans 3-25, Watson 3-14, Graham 2-37, Brown 1-25, Davis 1-23, Fauria 1-1, Pass 1-(minus 2).
Kansas City: Parker 5-76, L.Johnson 5-53, Gonzalez 4-63, Kennison 3-65, Hall 2-66.
MISSED FIELD GOALS