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after their first loss with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback Youth Kareem Hunt Jersey , a streak that goes back six games to his Week 17 start last season.Here's the thing, though: There was no sense of defeat in Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.Instead, the Chiefs seemed downright emboldened by the way they fought back from a big halftime hole against New England. And if not for a litany of injuries to their defense and another clutch game by Tom Brady and the Patriots offense, which drove downfield in the final minutes to set up a winning field goal in their 43-40 victory, the Chiefs might have kept their winning streak going."We got down, we put ourselves in a huge hole and I'm just proud of my team and how we fought to get back in the game," Mahomes said. "We had the lead at one point and then we ended up not coming out with the win but just that fight, it's something you can carry on and to the rest of this season."All of which is true, of course. But the way the Chiefs performed under the lights in New England may have been more than just the stereotypical moral victory.Mahomes threw two interceptions in the first half, when Bill Belichick's defense seemed to have the young quarterback confused. The Chiefs' running game was going nowhere and a defense missing lead pass rusher Justin Houston and its top three safeties to injuries looked like a sieve.It was 24-9 at the break and could have been a whole lot worse.But for the first time in his budding career, Mahomes not only was forced to make massive in-game adjustments but did so successfully. He wound up throwing four second-half touchdown passes Youth Steven Nelson Jersey , three of them to Tyreek Hill, and that same offense that scuffled through the first 30 minutes and found itself in a deep hole piled up 31 points over the final two quarters.In fact, the Chiefs' offense was rolling so impressively in the second half that they may have scored their final touchdown too quickly. Mahomes found Hill over the middle, and one of the fastest players in the NFL turned up the sideline for a 75-yard score that knotted the game 40-all.Two problems with that: There was still 3陆 minutes left and Brady was on the other sideline.The Patriots moved seemingly at ease against the Chiefs' porous defense, getting into position for Stephen Gostkowski to knock through a chip-shot field goal as time expired. And the old cliche of the last team having the ball would win wound up being spot-on."It was a heck of a football game," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "I was proud of how the guys battled. We will learn a lot from this game. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit early and you can't do that against a good football team. So, we learn from it and we move on."Because the fact is Kansas City is still 5-1 with the toughest six-game stretch of the season already finished. There's another spotlight game coming up this Sunday night against Cincinnati, but that game will take place at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs tend to have a big advantage.They're still a game ahead of the Chargers in the AFC West, and have beaten Philip Rivers and Co. on the road, along with picking up road wins over the Steelers and Broncos."You want to win. As a competitor Youth Travis Kelce Jersey , you want to win every single week," Mahomes said, "but you learn from everything in this league. You learn from every experience that you have. You're not going to win every single game. And so for us, we're going to take the things that we did in that second half to kind of get us back into it and kind of keep that stuff going as the season goes on."The Chiefs still believe they're the best team in the AFC, and going toe-to-toe with the reigning champions on the road Sunday night only underscored that belief. Defensive tackle Allen Bailey even predicted that they would "see those cats again," alluding to a possible playoff showdown.So, there was no sense of defeat in the Chiefs locker room on Sunday night.There was a feeling of steadfast resolve and unwavering confidence."Guys showed character. Down what, 15 at halftime? Guys showed character," defensive tackle Chris Jones said. "It's a tough loss, a tough loss, but you learn a lot from that. You learn a lot about your team and about yourself and who you are. We are going to face adversity throughout the season and this team came together http://www.authenticskansascitychiefs.com/cheap-laurent-duvernay-tardif-jersey , we battled back, but they ended up kicking the field goal for the win." Editorís note: The Chiefs released statements on the injuries to Jordan Devey, Terrance Smith and Daniel Sorensen on Wednesday. Letís bring in our in-house injury expert, Aaron Borgmann, to provide some notes.LB Terrance Smith (torn ACL)The level of involvement is significant here. When you are dealing with structures other than the ACL, specifically the posterior lateral corner, as it is known, the repair and the rehab are a bit more complex. The delay is to help relieve swelling prior to surgery in order to have a more successful procedure, and swelling hinders that. Regardless, the outcome here is the same in that the player is in a good position to return to full function by the beginning of training camp.OL Jordan Devey (torn pectoralis major)Tough injury for an offensive lineman to play through given the amount of force that goes through this area of the body. Impressive enough that the athlete could play through it and finish the game, speaks to his level of toughness as I havenít seen that often. Repair is important given all the punching and bracing done at the position. The average person does this and repair isnít always indicated as it can be left to scar down. In an offensive linemanís case Sammy Watkins Jersey , it is important to restore this muscle to full function in order to continue to play at a high level. It would be difficult to return to play in the 2018 season given the time of year that this injury occurred.S Daniel Sorensen (returned to practice Wednesday from tibial plateau fracture)I spoke to this shortly after the repair was done. This time period, as was mentioned Wednesday, will be utilized as an advanced rehab stage. By this point, all the functional field work and needed rehab leading up to this has been completed. Itís basically time to see what the athlete can do at increased speeds around other players in game-like situations. Try as we might, it is extremely hard to replicate the spontaneity and forces of football, and therefore a return to the field and acclimatization period is needed to determine level of true ability. The medical staff and coaching staff will be in constant evaluation during this period and attempting to discern whether this player is ready to be activated or is close to that time period. Given the fact that the team has a three-week window, as was mentioned, there are several options here: Activate and play, activate and continue to rehab due to the fact they believe the player is close but needs a bit more time, or revert to injured reserve.Aaron Borgmann is the owner of Borgmann Rehab Solutions and a former 12-year NFL Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer.



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