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Patriots’ longest day ends with QB switch, officiating controversy and a loss to Chiefs

Tyrann Mathieu runs from Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman while returning an interception 25 yards for a touchdown during the Chiefs' win Monday night. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The longest of game days for the New England Patriots ended with the most frustrating of evenings for them at Arrowhead Stadium. They lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 26-10, Monday night in the game that was rescheduled from Sunday by the NFL because of positive coronavirus tests for both teams.

The night included a quarterback switch for the Patriots, a series of uncharacteristic New England blunders and a first-half officiating controversy over a would-be turnover by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Patriots played without quarterback Cam Newton because of his positive coronavirus test, according to a person familiar with the result, and went with veteran Brian Hoyer over youngster Jarrett Stidham as their fill-in starter. It was an ill-fated choice.  
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