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 SeasonNew EnglandKansas City
Divisional Standings1st 1st
Total Yards Gained6,1805,488
Total Offense (Rank)386.3 (4)343.0 (20)
Rush Offense117.0 (7)109.3 (15)
Pass Offense269.3 (4)233.8 (19)
Points Per Game27.6 (3)24.3 (13)
Total Yards Allowed5,2235,896
Total Defense326.4 (8)368.5 (24)
Rush Defense88.6 (3t)121.1 (26)
Pass Defense237.9 (12)247.4 (18)
Points Allowed/Game15.6 (1)19.4 (7)
Possession Avg.31:1329:59
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost24/14832/174
Sacks Made/Yards34/22728/162
Passing TD/Int (off.)32/219/8
Passing TD/Int (def.)21/1323/18
Total Touchdowns5142
Penalties Against/Yards93/819109/848
Field Goals Made/Att.27/3231/35
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio+12 (3)+16 (1t)

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