New England Patriots defeat Kansas City Chiefs, 17-10

FOXBOROUGH - It's football, remember?

Football is a contact sport, a collision sport, a physical sport, a violent sport, a brutal sport, and, some might say, a barbaric sport. If American mothers had their way, there would be no football, at least none involving their precious sons. Injury in football is not surprising. It is inevitable.

Tom Brady has started 128 consecutive games, which, frankly, is beyond fortunate. No one knows this morning when he will start the ...

FOXBOROUGH - All that talk about how meaningless the backup quarterback competition in the preseason was doesn't seem so meaningless anymore. Suddenly, who is behind Tom Brady at QB is very relevant for the 2008 New England Patriots.

The Patriots barely got used to playing with Brady, who sat out the entire preseason with a mysterious right foot injury, before they potentially lost him for the season yesterday in their 17-10 opening victory over the Kansas City Chiefs a...

FOXBOROUGH - Bernard Pollard took the life out of the Patriots yesterday, and then he said it was just a game.

"It's football, it's just football," the Kansas City safety said, after the Chiefs' pass rush reached Tom Brady just after he released a 28-yard pass to Randy Moss seven minutes into the first quarter. After Patriot Sammy Morris blocked him down, Pollard still lunged at Brady's legs, bringing the quarterback to the ground.

Brady did not get up right away, in...

FOXBOROUGH - There wasn't much more real estate to work with. Officially, the ball was on the 1-yard line, but it was really a quarter of a yard from the end zone. On the wrong end of the field.

This was the situation facing backup quarterback Matt Cassel yesterday.

Tom Brady had crumpled to the Gillette Stadium turf on the prior series, clutching his left knee while shouting in pain. It was a scoreless game, late in the first quarter, and he wasn't coming back.

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