Nov 22, 2011 2:20 AM by Lee Douglas
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots shook off a sluggish start to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 34-3 on Monday night.
Julian Edelman returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and Kyle Arrington had two interceptions, helping the Patriots (7-3) increased their AFC East lead to two games.
The Chiefs (4-6) weren't expected to do much on offense behind untested quarterback Tyler Palko, making his first career start with Matt Cassel injured. And they didn't, managing just a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Succop with 1:30 left in the first quarter for their only lead.
The Patriots had their second straight dominant game after beating the New York Jets 37-16. The Chiefs lost their third straight and are now in a last place tie with the Chargers in the AFC West. The 6-4 Oakland Raiders are in first followed by the 5-5 Denver Broncos.
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