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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: Josh Gordon plays 63 as his role in offense increases (he had 18 apiece in Weeks 4-5). "I think we were preparing for that all week at practice. I was expecting a little heavy of a workload," he said, as Julian Edelman (71), Chris Hogan (47), Cordarrelle Patterson (6), Phillip Dorsett (3) and Matthew Slater (1) round out WR corps.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive snaps: Jason McCourty (54) remains the starter at CB, with Eric Rowe (17) returning from missing three games due to injury and playing in sub packages.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Quick-hit personnel thoughts from Patriots' win:‬ UP — K Stephen Gostkowski, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Elandon Roberts, RB Sony Michel‬; DOWN — CB Jason McCourty, S Devin McCourty, S Duron Harmon, Kickoff coverage.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Chiefs LB Breeland Speaks, who let Tom Brady out of a fourth-quarter sack on Brady's eventual TD run, said he set Brady free because he thought the ball was gone and didn't want to risk a penalty. “We're in New England,'' Speaks said. “Tom Brady's going to get the call. We were already down there. I didn't want to put us on the inch-yard line.''

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN Stats & Information: This is the first game in NFL history to end 43-40. The 83 combined points are 3 points shy of the most combined points in a Patriots home game all-time. The most was 86 in a 43-43 tie between the Boston Patriots and Oakland Raiders in 1964 and tied in 2013 when the Patriots won 55-31 over the Steelers.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Sony Michel is the first Patriots running back with 18-plus carries in three straight games since LeGarrette Blount in 2016 (two such streaks that year). Before that, Stevan Ridley (2012) was the last. It's pretty clear Michel is going to get the usage required for RB1 numbers.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Breeland Speaks said he thought Tom Brady had already thrown the ball as the reason he didn't try to sack Brady on the QB's fourth quarter TD run.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots 43, Chiefs 40 (final): It wasn't the decisive 60-minute performance they wanted, but these are the types of games that can build championship mettle. Mental toughness shown by Patriots as they almost blow big lead, before making big plays down the stretch.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Patrick Mahomes' 168.5 fantasy points through his first seven NFL starts are fourth-most by any quarterback since 1950: Deshaun Watson 174.2 Billy Volek 172.6 Cam Newton 168.7 Mahomes 168.5 Robert Griffin III 164.8