It took a classic duel with Tom Brady to beat Mahomes, though.
Two Mahomes interceptions in the first half played a role in the loss. Mahomes also cost the Chiefs some big plays by missing throws to open receivers in the first half.
The plays helped the Chiefs back from a 15-point halftime deficit. They led briefly 33-30 in the fourth quarter.
Mahomes and the Chiefs are 5-1 this season. They are 6-1 with Mahomes as their starting quarterback, including the final regular-season game against the Denver Broncos last season. In that game, Mahomes led the Chiefs to a walk-off field goal and a 27-24 victory.
In the first half, Mahomes put the Chiefs in a bad situation with a mistake for the first time this season. He threw an interception that was returned by linebacker Don't'a Hightower to the Kansas City 4, and the Patriots used the favorable field position to score a touchdown.
Mahomes' other interception late in the first half cost the Chiefs points. The interception was his first in the red zone this season.
Visiting starting quarterbacks under 25 are now 0-24 at New England since 2001.
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