NFL Game Summary - Kansas City at Cleveland|
(Sunday, September 19th)
Final Score: Kansas City 16, Cleveland 14
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Succop kicked two second-half field
goals to put the Chiefs in front, and Kansas City held on for a 16-14 win over
the Cleveland Browns.
Succop connected on three field goals overall, while Brandon Flowers had an
interception return for a touchdown for the Chiefs (2-0), who were coming off
Monday night's victory over San Diego. Kansas City has won its first two games
for the first time since 2005.
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel finished with 176 yards on 16-of-28 passing and
was intercepted twice.
"I know you guys want something real nice and some big numbers, but it's not
going to pretty," Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said at his post-game press
conference. "That's about how it's going to be most of the time for a little
Seneca Wallace, starting in place of an injured Jake Delhomme, passed for 229
yards with a touchdown and was intercepted once. Joshua Cribbs had a 65-yard
touchdown reception for the Browns (0-2), who had won their last three home
"I'm disappointed for all of us because the result should be different," said
Browns head coach Eric Mangini. "But until we change...the self-inflicted
wounds, it's going to be hard."
The Chiefs trailed by four at the break, but began the second half with the
ball and advanced inside the 10. But after Jamaal Charles was tackled for a
loss on a 3rd-and-1 from the six, Succop kicked a 26-yard field goal.
Neither team threatened for the rest of the quarter, and Kansas City moved in
front thanks to a long drive in the fourth.
The Chiefs took over at their own 27 with 14:12 to play and got into Browns
territory. Cassel's 15-yard pass to Chris Chambers had Kansas City at the
eight with a first-and-goal, but the visitors were unable to convert, and
Succop's 23-yarder made it a 16-14 Chiefs lead with 7:41 left.
Kansas City's defense took over from there, forcing the Browns to punt on the
next two possessions. On the first play after the two-minute warning, the
Chiefs converted a 4th-and-1, then ran out the clock.
The Chiefs got on the scoreboard first, after Jerome Harrison fumbled in his
own territory. Kansas City, though, couldn't get a first down and Succop made
his 35-yard attempt with a little under nine minutes left in the first.
Late in the first quarter, the Browns were pinned at their own two-yard line
to start a possession, but managed to drive the distance for a score.
Cleveland had a few big plays along the way, including a screen pass to
Harrison that went for 23 yards and got the ball near midfield. Then, on the
last play of the quarter, Wallace found Ben Watson open in the middle of the
field for a catch-and-run play of 44 yards.
Peyton Hillis capped the drive with a one-yard run, as he spun off the line
and got across the goal line 2 1/2 minutes into the second quarter. The
98-yard march was longer than any of Cleveland's touchdown drives last season.
The Chiefs took the lead on the Browns' next possession, as Flowers jumped
inside Chansi Stuckey along the right sideline, made the interception and ran
33 yards into the end zone.
But the Browns countered quickly. On the third play of the ensuing drive,
Wallace aired it out to Cribbs on a slant route toward the right hash. Cribbs
had run past his defender, made the catch and escaped an ankle tackle on his
way across the goal line on the 65-yard play.
The Browns intercepted Cassel on Kansas City's next possession and again late
in the half. They had a chance for points after the second one, but Phil
Dawson's 42-yard field goal was wide left, and Cleveland took the 14-10 lead
Delhomme suffered an ankle injury in last week's season-opening loss to Tampa
Bay and did not practice during the week...In the last meeting between the
teams, December 20 of last year, Harrison ran for a team-record 286 yards.
However, on Sunday he was held to 33 yards on 16 carries. Hillis led the
Browns with 35 rushing yards...Thomas Jones had 83 yards on the ground to pace
09/19 18:29:33 ET