Pats taking team concept to new heights

Updated: November 23, 2004, 10:10 AM ET
By Michele Tafoya | ABC Sports, for Insider

Tom Brady was sacked on the first play from scrimmage by Chiefs' rookie Jared Allen on Monday night. But that was about the extent of the damage done against Brady and the Patriots, as New England rolled to a 27-19 win at Arrowhead Stadium, the Pats' first win in Kansas City since 1964.

As well as the Chiefs played on offense, they played equally abysmal on defense. Brady threw for 315 yards, including a touchdown pass to Deion Branch, who returned for his first game since Week 2.

Branch had six catches for 105 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown catch that sealed the win for New England.

But the Pats' running game may have been the difference. Corey Dillon ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns, compared to Kansas City's Derrick Blaylock, who had 58 yards on 19 attempts.

Dillon told me earlier in the week he couldn't care less about those who questioned whether he would fit in with the team-oriented Pats. His quote to me was, "Who cares if other people thought I would or wouldn't fit in? I came here for the opportunity to win and be happy. Worrying what other people think isn't even in my Rolodex."