Foxborough, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski somersaulted into the end zone, staggered to his feet and still managed to spike the ball.
"I was just fine," the New England Patriots tight end said. "I just got the wind knocked out of me a little bit."
New England was more than fine after looking groggy on offense early in the game before finishing big with a 34-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Gronkowski, who has five TD catches in his last three games. Julian Edelman returned a punt 72 yards for another score and Kyle Arrington had two of the Patriots' three interceptions.
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, who threw three interceptions in his first career start with Matt Cassel injured. And they didn't, managing only a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Succop with 1 minute 30 seconds left in the first quarter.
"Three interceptions is inexcusable," Palko said. "The game is hard enough as it is without making mistakes."
Palko completed 25 of 38 passes for 236 yards. Brady was 15 for 27 for 234 yards and no interceptions.
"All in all, I felt pretty confident," Palko said. "Obviously, there's a few things I'd like to have back."
Behind Gronkowski's ninth and 10th TD receptions, the Patriots had their second straight dominant game after beating the New York Jets, 37-16. The Chiefs lost their third in a row.
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