Chiefs upset Pats behind Kareem Hunt's incredible debut.
The NFL regular season kicked off last night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, as the New England Patriots raised their Super Bowl 51 banner prior to their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Then, Tom Brady led the Patriots down the field for a touchdown on the opening drive. And then Chiefs rookie running back, Kareem Hunt, fumbled on the team's first offensive snap of the game, as things quickly seemed to be getting out of hand - a story we've seen time and again for opposing teams at Gillette Stadium.
However, the Chiefs defense made a big stop on fourth down, allowing Kareem Hunt and the Kansas City offense to redeem themselves. Hunt went on to score three touchdowns and racked up 246 yards en route to KC's 42-27 victory over the defending champs.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith finished with a remarkable 148.6 passer rating, completing 28/35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns, including a 75-yard bomb to speedy wide receiver, Tyreek Hill. On the other hand, Tom Brady completed just 16 of his 36 passes and finished with no touchdowns.
Naturally, twitter was abuzz throughout the first NFL game of the season but things got ratcheted up a notch when the Patriots, who were favored by nine points, took an L on their home field.
Take a look at some of the reactions and facts from last night's NFL season opener below.
Patriots lost in prime time & im lurking all season long pic.twitter.com/GtkFQYKU74— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) September 8, 2017
Kareem Hunt is clearly the greatest RB in NFL history.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 8, 2017
What a start to Kareem Hunt's career pic.twitter.com/7MDNwpCLow— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 8, 2017
Kareem Hunt has now had the highest-scoring fantasy debut in NFL history #KCvNE— The Ringer (@ringer) September 8, 2017
Tom Brady with the ultimate nod of respect to Blake Bortles with that illegal forward pass. Respect amongst competitors is so beautiful.— chaps (@UncleChaps) September 8, 2017
RIP Tom Brady— Mikey1K ♋️ (@TheManimal18) September 8, 2017
Cause of death: Alex Smith pic.twitter.com/5n2432Nsvl
i honestly had no idea that alex smith was the best football player on the planet— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) September 8, 2017
Patriots suffer first home loss when leading after three quarters in the Tom Brady era. Patriots were previously 105-0 in those games— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 8, 2017
Tom Brady looked 40 last night.— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) September 8, 2017
"How TF did Alex Smith outplay me at home" pic.twitter.com/p2ImYgLxYB— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 8, 2017
Tonight is for all my brothers who kept trying to throw deep bombs with Alex Smith in Madden— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) September 8, 2017
Last 3 times the Patriots lost season opener— Patriots Militia (@PatsMilitia) September 8, 2017
2001 - Won Super Bowl
2003 - Won Super Bowl
2014 - Won Super Bowl
I'm not worried
19-No— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) September 8, 2017
This guy got a new shirt & thinks he's hot shit. pic.twitter.com/yuAI5osGB3
Good morning. I am a...— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) September 8, 2017
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