New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates were booed off the field by fans before halftime of their 23-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday – the defending Super Bowl champion’s first home defeat since 2017.
Although Brady was later cheered as a second-half rally fell just short, the six-time Super Bowl champion did endure a chorus of boos while entering the locker room trailing 20-7 at the half.
‘You hear cheers, you hear boos,’ Brady told reporters afterwards. ‘That’s part of being in sports’
The 42-year-old’s form didn’t improve after the interval as the Patriots slumped to a 23-16 defeat to their AFC rivals, and he was seen with strapping on his throwing arm during his post-match press conference.
Brady threw only one touchdown as the New England Patriots lost at home to Kansas City
Patriots supporters boo their team after a lacklustre first-half showing at Gillette Stadium
Brady was seen with heavy strapping on his right arm at his post-match press conference
TOM BRADY’S CAREER
- Age: 42
- Position: Quarterback
- Team: New England Patriots (2000-)
- Six Super Bowls (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018)
- Nine AFC titles (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Four Super Bowl MVP awards (2001, 2003, 2014, 2016)
- Three NFL MVP awards (2007, 2010, 2017)
The quarterback himself threw just one touchdown, was intercepted once and threw for a mediocre total of 169 yards.
Despite the loss, the Patriots still have a season record of 10-3 which will likely see them through to the play-offs, and they are still top of their AFC East division.
Brady, who has won three out of the past five Super Bowls, was keen to downplay the significance of the last two weeks – the Patriots lost last week to the Houston Texans.
‘I don’t want to make any predictions’, Brady said at his post-match press conference.
‘I think we come in with a plan to get better every week and try to win each game. Each game takes on a little different feel and the situations are a little different, and it’s a different team every year, too.
Brady is sacked by Chiefs player Chris Jones during the third quarter on Sunday evening
Brady argues with an official during Sunday’s defeat – New England’s second on the spin
Brady looked unsurprisingly downbeat following another disappointing Patriots performance
‘So, I may have certain experience doing things, but this particular team as a whole hasn’t been through different situations.
‘So, you just try to work through them over the course of the whole season, and we have three big games to go, and we’ve got to get back to winning football.’
New England have three games left of the regular season, away to the Cincinatti Benglas next week before two games at home to Buffalo and the Miami Dolphins.