New England's Tom Brady threw for 315 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots posted a 27-19 victory over reeling Kansas City on Monday in the National Football League.
Brady, who finished the game without a turnover, excelled on third down as the Patriots converted 8-of-12 third-down opportunities and improved to 9-1 for the season.
Late in the third quarter, on 3rd-and-7 from the New England 28 yard line, Brady hit David Patten for a 46-yard gain. On the following play, Brady found Deion Branch over the middle and saw his receiver cut upfield into the end zone, giving the Patriots a 24-13 lead.
Branch finished with six catches for 105 yards in his first game since Sept. 19.
The Chiefs, who were without superstar running back Priest Holmes for the second straight game, posted only 64 yards on the ground.
Chiefs quarterback Trent Green completed 27-of-42 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns, both to Eddie Kennison.
His one interception, however, was crucial.
With a minute left in the first half, the Chiefs had a chance to tie the game.
On 1st-and-goal, Green was picked off by Rodney Harrison and New England completed the half with a 17-10 lead.
Kansas City's last chance evaporated with just over a minute left to to play when Green was sacked on fourth down.
The Patriots have won 24 of their last 25 games.
The Chiefs, who fell to 3-7, had been expected to challenge the Patriots in the AFC this season, but have been among the NFL's biggest disappointments.