Hoyer’s experience didn’t matter much. He threw a bad interception in the first quarter, made a ridiculous mistake getting sacked to end the first half when the Patriots could have kicked a field goal and then he got hit and fumbled late in the third quarter.
At the time of Hoyer’s lost fumble, the Patriots trailed 6-3. The Chiefs took over after the turnover and finally got a touchdown. At 13-3, it was time to go to Stidham.
Stidham looked like the presumptive starter for most of the offseason after Tom Brady left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before Newton was signed, so it was telling that Hoyer started on Monday night and didn’t get pulled even after taking the sack at the end of the first half. Stidham immediately led a drive that ended with a touchdown pass to N’Keal Harry. It was Stidham’s first NFL touchdown pass.
The Patriots didn’t have much margin for error on Monday night, and starting Hoyer looked like a regrettable decision.
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