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(Sunday, October 31st)
Final Score: Kansas City 13, Buffalo 10 (OT)
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Ryan Succop hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 13-10 victory over the winless Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium.
Succop was 2-for-3 on the day, including a 39-yard attempt that went wide left in overtime, and Jamaal Charles ran for 177 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 61 yards to lead Kansas City (5-2), which has won its past two games.
Matt Cassel threw for 152 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-26 attempts and did not throw an interception in the victory.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 223 yards on 24-of-48 passing, including a touchdown and an interception. He was also sacked three times in the loss for Buffalo (0-7), which has lost each of its last two games in overtime.
"We didn't stop the run when we needed to," said Bills coach Chan Gailey. "I believe we have a resilient group. It's part execution and part mentally getting over the hump, but this one hurts."
Midway through the overtime period, Bills kicker Rian Lindell had a 53-yard field goal bounce off the right upright. He appeared to make the attempt seconds earlier, but Kansas City called a timeout just before Buffalo got the snap off.
On the ensuing KC possession, Succop had his 39-yard attempt go wide left to extend the overtime into the final minutes.
The Bills punted with 1:20 remaining in overtime, and Cassel led the Chiefs on a game-winning drive, starting on his own 31. Cassel connected with Tony Moeaki on an 18-yard pass that got the ball inside the Buffalo 40. From there, the Chiefs' signal caller found Moeaki again for an 11-yard gain, and a Charles eight-yard run put the Chiefs at the 16-yard line to set up the field goal attempt.
"It was a long day at the office," said Cassel. "It was a grind; at the end of the day we were really happy to walk away with a victory."
The Bills trailed late in the fourth, 10-3, but had the ball deep in Kansas City territory with 2 1/2 remaining. Fitzpatrick connected with Steve Johnson for a four-yard strike to finish a 15-play, 83-yard drive to tie the game at 10 with 2:18 to go.
The series appeared to be over when Lee Evans fumbled at the 13-yard line and the Chiefs' Mike Vrabel picked it up. Buffalo challenged the ruling, and replays showed that Vrabel's left elbow was out of bounds on the recovery, and the Bills retained possession.
Neither team got on the board in the first quarter, and the Chiefs defense held Buffalo to under 40 yards of offense, including two sacks on Fitzpatrick.
Kansas City had a chance to score the game's first points with just over 10 minutes until halftime, but instead of going for a field goal from the Bills' 19-yard line, the Chiefs gambled on 4th-and-2, and Cassel was sacked for a one-yard loss.
Cassel connected with Dwayne Bowe for a 1-yard touchdown pass with 1 1/2 minutes left in the half that completed a six-play, 71-yard drive. Charles had 67 yards on the drive, including a 31-yard reception and an 18-yard run that preceded the touchdown, helping give KC a 7-0 halftime advantage.
The Bills went 56 yards on their opening drive of the second half, culminating in a Lindell 43-yard field goal to get Buffalo on the board, 7-3. The 15-play drive encompassed the first 8:57 of the third to give the visitors their longest scoring drive of the season in terms of time.
Kansas City used a Succop 28-yard field goal 5 1/2 minutes into the fourth to restore a seven-point lead.
"I'm really proud of our guys," said Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. "All of my fears were legitimate leading up into the game, but I'm proud of our guys for sticking together."
The Bills lead the all-time series 21-17-1 and had won the last three meetings...Buffalo, which has allowed a league worst 174.5 rushing yards a game, allowed Kansas City to run for 274 yards...Charles had 131 yards of offense in the first half, compared to 58 yards for the Bills...Johnson's touchdown in the fourth tied a franchise record for most consecutive games with a touchdown catch, with five.
11/01 09:23:17 ET
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