HOW THE PATRIOTS COULD LOSE:
To know how New England could lose this game against the Chiefs, look no further than week four of the 2014 season.
That game saw New England turn the ball over three times, allow three sacks and a ton of pressures, convert just two of nine third downs, gain less than 300 net yards, allow over 200 yards rushing, lose the time of possession battle handily, and allow Alex Smith to put up a 144.4 quarterback rating and three touchdowns (all stats from Pro-Football-Reference.com unless otherwise noted).
The Chiefs battered and bruised Tom Brady that Monday night in prime time in September. They stuffed the running game, created turnovers, and the offense was a machine of efficiency.
The Patriots should win the game, but the Chiefs are well-coached, aggressive on defense, and efficient on offense. There is no doubt the Chiefs will be ready to play on Thursday.