A chaotic and unprecedented week for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs concluded Monday evening.
The Chiefs won and improved to 4-0, while the Patriots are 2-2, but it wasn't as simple as wins and losses before Monday evening finally played out.
It was a week rife with uncertainty in the aftermath of Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton testing positive for COVID-19, along with Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu. Those coronavirus results brought about a switch in game day. It wasn't until Sunday morning, after all Patriots and Chiefs point of care tests came back negative, that it was announced the game would in fact take place on Monday.
"It's different," Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters, via team transcript. "We're expecting different this year. So, we had to put it together and do it and kind of back up a step there. They sent us home on Saturday, which we understand, and closed the office up. So, we were able to get back in as coaches and work a little bit, but the players weren't allowed back in up until this date, so they have not been in the building. But there's no excuse to it. Heck, we had a game plan together and it was just one little obstacle that was in there. They had an obstacle, they had to fly in today, so that's not an easy thing, plus no quarterback. They were using backup quarterbacks and it was good experience for those guys, but that's what it was."
The game was originally scheduled to be played Sunday. Then there was the option of Monday, or perhaps Tuesday.
It was an uncertain week in the world of football during a most uncertain time in the world as a whole.
No doubt a difficult week of preparations for both squads, Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered no excuses for his team's loss despite the circumstances.
"You can't give a good football team those kind of opportunities. We competed hard, we just didn't make enough plays," he said. "Just didn't play good enough."
When asked about any concerns playing, Belichick pointed out his team followed all protocols.
"We've done everything right, everything we're supposed to do, so it's in the hands of medical people here," he said.
It was no doubt a challenge for everyone involved within the organizations.
"My hat goes off to the operations staff for pulling this thing off," Reid said, via Sports Radio 810's Aly Trost.
And thus ended a hectic and very "different" week for the Chiefs and Patriots concluded. And, ultimately, the boys played on.