Setting aside all the pomp and circumstance, tonight's Patriots vs Chiefs NFL season opener should be a good football game.

Keep in mind, these two teams meet in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs back in January. The Pats won 27-20. That's after a regular season where the Patriots went 14-2 and the Chiefs went 12-4.

Tonight's game marks the first regular season matchup since that Monday NIght Football game back in 2014 when Kansas City pounded the Pats 41-14.

But if you look to the history of the Patriots  on opening night after Super Bowl wins - they are 4-0.

NOTE:  Live coverage of the game begins at 5:30pm today with the pregame show. Kickoff is about 8:30pm.

Tale of the Tape - Courtesy NE Patriots

2016 Regular Season New England Kansas City
Record 14-2 12-4
Divisional Standings 1st  1st
Total Yards Gained 6,180 5,488
Total Offense (Rank) 386.3 (4) 343.0 (20)
Rush Offense 117.0 (7) 109.3 (15)
Pass Offense 269.3 (4) 233.8 (19)
Points Per Game 27.6 (3) 24.3 (13)
Total Yards Allowed 5,223 5,896
Total Defense 326.4 (8) 368.5 (24)
Rush Defense 88.6 (3t) 121.1 (26)
Pass Defense 237.9 (12) 247.4 (18)
Points Allowed/Game 15.6 (1) 19.4 (7)
Possession Avg. 31:13 29:59
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost 24/148 32/174
Sacks Made/Yards 34/227 28/162
Passing TD/Int (off.) 32/2 19/8
Passing TD/Int (def.) 21/13 23/18
Total Touchdowns 51 42
Penalties Against/Yards 93/819 109/848
Punts/Avg. 72/44.7 76/45.1
Field Goals Made/Att. 27/32 31/35
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio +12 (3) +16 (1t)