FOXBOROUGH -- A look at who's up and who's down from the Patriots' 17-10 season-opening victory over the Chiefs:
Up Matt Cassel -- He did what a backup is supposed to do -- manage the game and not make the critical mistake so his team has a chance to win. He finishes 13 of 18 for 152 yards with one touchdown and most importantly, no interceptions.
Rodney Harrison -- Finishes with a team-high 14 tackles and two quarterback hits, and plays multiple roles, from deep safety, to covering tight end Tony Gonzalez (6 catches, 55 yards) closer to the line of scrimmage.
Ellis Hobbs -- Cornerback comes up with an interception and also provides a spark in the fourth quarter with a 51-yard kickoff return.
Randy Moss -- Receiver finishes with six catches for 116 yards, with one of the grabs an impressive 10-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone.
Rushing attack -- Credit to the offensive line and tight ends for winning the one-on-one matchups, as Sammy Morris (53 yards, 10 carries) and Laurence Maroney (51 yards, 10 carries) lead the way on a 28-carry, 126-yard effort (4.5 avg.)
Run defense -- Running the ball was the Chiefs' ticket to a win, and the Patriots limit Larry Johnson to 74 yards on 22 carries (3.4 avg.).
Mike Vrabel -- Outside linebacker brings the rush with two sacks, to go with his six tackles. Also draws a holding call on fullback Mike Cox.
Down James Sanders -- Safety takes a poor angle and fails to keep Devard Darling in front of him, with Darling going 68 yards to give the Chiefs a chance to score a touchdown in the final minute.
Matthew Slater -- Rookie does not cleanly field a kickoff at the end of the second quarter, but is fortunate that Sammy Morris recovers.
Third-down defense -- Sub packages didn't produce consistently enough, with the Chiefs converting 50 percent of the time on third down.
EXTRA POINT: A few emailers were asking if the Chiefs were given five plays -- or one extra play -- at the end of today's game. What likely did not come across on the TV broadcast is that the Patriots had called a timeout before one of the Chiefs' plays, and thus the play -- which was still run -- did not count.