NFL Game Summary - Cleveland at Kansas City|
(Sunday, December 20th)
Final Score: Cleveland 41, Kansas City 34
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jerome Harrison eclipsed Jim Brown's team
record for most single-game rushing yards and scored the game-winning
touchdown in the final minute, and Josh Cribbs had two kickoff return
touchdowns to set an NFL record, as the Cleveland Browns beat the Kansas City
Chiefs, 41-34, in a shootout at Arrowhead Stadium.
Harrison carried the ball 34 times for 286 yards and three total scores,
eclipsing Brown's mark of 237, set in 1961; it was the third-highest single-
game total in NFL history. Cribbs had returns of 100 and 103 yards,
respectively, for his seventh and eighth career kickoff return scores to set a
new league mark.
"I wanted to (match Jamal Lewis)," Harrison said of the former Brown, who, at
295 yards, has the second-highest single-game rushing total in league history.
"I will say that. I wanted to get Jamal. He's a great guy and been a great
mentor to me, so to get him would have been awesome. To be in the same
category as those other men is a true blessing."
Brady Quinn's arm was not needed for a majority of the game, as he threw only
17 times, completing 10, for 66 yards with two interceptions for the Browns
(3-11), who have won two straight games. Quinn added 39 rushing yards in the
Jamaal Charles led a suddenly-potent Chiefs (3-11) attack with 154 rushing
yards and a score on 25 carries. Matt Cassel completed 22-of-40 passes for 331
yards and two touchdowns for an offense that garnered 491 total yards.
Chris Chambers caught five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Mark
Bradley added a receiving score in defeat.
"When you allow two returns for touchdowns, that's generally not a good
thing," said Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. "That's 14 points. We have to
cover, a better job of covering. Making tackles when you have a chance to
tackle. (Cribbs) is a guy we talked about at the start of the week that could
hurt us. We didn't do a good enough job on him."
Phil Dawson missed a 52-yard field goal attempt with 4 1/2 minutes left,
giving the Chiefs the ball on their own 42, down 34-27. Cassel proceeded to
drive KC for the game-tying touchdown.
Cassel hit Dwayne Bowe for a 23-yard completion on the first play, and Charles
scampered down to the Cleveland 16 on 3rd-and-2 for an 11-yard gain with three
minutes left. The Chiefs were then faced with a 4th-and-6 from the 12, and
Cassel waited and found Bradley in the middle of the end zone for a 34-34 game
with 2:20 to play.
Cleveland then gave it to Harrison, who ran for nine yards on the first two
plays. On 3rd-and-1, Quinn rolled out to the right and ran down the sideline
for a 24-yard gain to the Kansas City 37. Two plays later, from the 28,
Harrison burst through the defense and raced all the way to the end zone for
yet another touchdown and a 41-34 lead with 44 seconds.
The Chiefs managed to get down to the Browns' 26 in the final 10 seconds, but
Cassel's final heave bounced off the crossbar of the uprights and fell to the
ground to end the game.
The Browns got on the board on their opening drive, as Dawson drilled a 47-
yard field goal for an early advantage.
Each team turned the ball over on the next two possessions, and Ryan Succop
ended a KC drive with a 30-yard field goal for a tie game, 3-3.
Cribbs quickly put Cleveland back front, breaking several tackles and
returning the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for his seventh career kickoff return
touchdown, an NFL record. Dawson then extended the Browns' lead to 13-3 early
in the second quarter with a 30-yard field goal.
The Chiefs followed by scoring 21 straight points to storm in front. Cassel
hit Chambers for a 39-yard completion down to the Cleveland nine, then hit
Chambers again for the touchdown on the next play to finish a six-play, 72-
yard drive for a 13-10 game with 10 minutes until halftime.
On KC's next possession, Charles found a seam for a 47-yard touchdown that
gave the Chiefs their first lead of the game, 17-13, with a bit over four
minutes remaining in the quarter.
Cleveland was forced to punt on its next series, but the snap went awry in the
end zone, and Andy Studebaker fell on it before the punter could grab it for a
touchdown to give the Chiefs a 24-13 advantage.
Cribbs, though, canceled out KC's fortunate bounce with his second kickoff
return score of the game, finding an hole and cutting back to his left to
avoid several tacklers for a 103-yard return and a 24-20 game, which was the
score at halftime.
The Browns then went ahead on their first touch of the second half, as
Harrison simply ran straight through the middle of the defense nearly
untouched for a 71-yard touchdown and a three-point advantage.
The Chiefs gained only one first down in the third quarter and never crossed
midfield, and the Browns increased their lead early in the fourth. Quinn led a
79-yard, 14-play drive, which Harrison capped with an eight-yard run into the
end zone for a 34-24 lead with 12 minutes left. Quinn converted a 4th-and-1
from the KC 21 during the set, running for 13 yards on a quarterback keeper.
Kansas City managed to get down the field in the fourth but settled for a 27-
yard field goal from Succop with eight minutes remaining for a seven-point
game, 34-27. Cleveland attempted to restore its 10-point margin with 4 1/2
minutes left, but Dawson's 52-yard attempt fell short, giving the Chiefs the
ball at their own 42.
Arrowhead Stadium was not sold out for a Chiefs game for the first time since
1990...The 103-yard return by Cribbs was the second-longest in team
history...Cleveland offensive lineman John St. Clair left the game in the
first quarter with an ankle injury...Only Adrian Peterson (296) and Lewis
(295) ran for more yards in a game than Harrison...Cleveland had 417 total
yards of offense and 278 return yards...Harrison came into the game with just
301 rushing yards on the season.
12/20 18:05:23 ET