The Kansas City Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start four consecutive seasons with a 4-0 record.

Defending Super Bowl champions the Chiefs earned a 26-10 home win over the New England Patriots in their re-arranged Week 4 game on Monday, with Patrick Mahomes impressed by his team’s ability to deliver in decisive moments.

That followed up victories over the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens to kick off the 2020 season.

The Chiefs also won their first four games in 2017, 2018 and 2019 under Andy Reid, with four straight 4-0 starts representing an NFL first.

They finished those campaigns with 10-6, 12-4 and 12-4 records, the most recent of those resulting in winning February’s Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers.

It was not a vintage Chiefs performance against a Patriots team playing without starting quarterback Cam Newton after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chiefs were unable to score a first-half touchdown for just the third time in the Mahomes era, and the previous two occasions had also come in games against the Pats back in 2018.

Ultimately, Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman for second-half touchdowns, while Tyrann Mathieu scored with a late pick-six on Jarrett Stidham.

Mahomes, who finished with 236 passing yards, suggested the coronavirus-related complications in the build-up to the game – the Chiefs and Patriots were barred from their team facilities until Saturday – had played a part in it taking time before his team found their usual rhythm. 

An efficient start to the season has seen the Super Bowl MVP throw for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions, with a passer rating of 114.1.

“You can still find ways to watch film and find ways [to] do stuff like [preparation], but it’s obviously something that we are unprepared for,” he said, per ESPN.

“I didn’t do enough because we didn’t execute at a high enough level, wasn’t able to find the guys, didn’t play very good football. But I thought I did whatever I could to stay in tune with the game.

“Hopefully if this presents itself again – which hopefully it doesn’t – I’ll be able to do better.

“[But] you’ve seen it this season. You’ve seen it last season. Even if you hold us down, we can go out there and make plays when they count.

“When your number is called you have to make plays, and I thought enough guys made plays that we were able to get out of there with a win.”

Stretching back to last season and their postseason run, the Chiefs have won 13 straight NFL games.