(AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had to wait an extra day to face the New England Patriots, but it was worth it.

The Chiefs shut down a sputtering offense in a 26-10 win over the Patriots. New England had to play without former MVP quarterback Cam Newton, who was sidelined after contracting COVID-19. Brian Hoyer was ineffective for almost three full quarters before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham, who led a touchdown drive to put the Pats within 13-10.

New England also played without top running back Sony Michel due to a quad injury.

Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman grabbed short scoring passes from Patrick Mahomes Jr., who 236 yards passing in a somewhat shaky performance by his standards.

Tyrann Mathieu returned a late interception for the clinching touchdown as the Chiefs improved to 4-0 while dropping the Patriots to 2-2.

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