NFL Game Summary - Minnesota at Kansas City|
(Sunday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Kansas City 22, Minnesota 17
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Ryan Succop connected on a career-high five
field goals, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 22-17 win over the Minnesota
Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium.
Succop nailed a career-long 54-yard try among his five kicks and Matt Cassel
threw for 260 yards and one touchdown for the Chiefs (1-3), who avoided an 0-4
Dwayne Bowe hauled in five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Steve
Breaston caught four balls for 91 yards in the victory.
Donovan McNabb completed 18-of-30 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns and
one interception, while Adrian Peterson racked up 80 yards on 23 carries in
Visanthe Shiancoe caught six passes for 58 yards while Devin Aromashodu and
Michael Jenkins caught touchdown passes for the Vikings (0-4), who are winless
after four games for the first time since 2002.
Following a three-and-out by Minnesota to open the game, the Chiefs took over
with excellent field position at the Vikings' 43-yard line. Cassel led his
team down to the Minnesota 22 before Succop connected on a 40-yard field goal,
giving the Chiefs an early 3-0 lead.
The Vikings came right back on the ensuing possession, as McNabb led a nine-
play, 80-yard drive and found Aromashodu streaking down the left sideline for
a 34-yard strike to give Minnesota 7-3 lead.
With the Vikings on the move midway through the second quarter, the Chiefs
defense came up with a big turnover. McNabb threw a screen pass behind Toby
Gerhart and the ball went off his hands and into the arms of cornerback
Brandon Carr, who returned the ball 15 yards.
Starting from their own 35, a 42-yard catch-and-run by Breaston on the first
play got the Kansas City offense rolling. The drive stalled at the Minnesota
six before Succop was true on a chip shot from 24 yards to cut the deficit to
Kansas City took a 9-7 lead just before halftime when Cassel led his team to
the Vikings 33-yard line and Succop connected again, this time from 51 yards
away as time expired.
After the break, Kansas City went three-and-out on the opening possession and
gave the Vikings superb field position courtesy of a personal foul penalty on
the punt return, which placed the ball into Chiefs territory at the 46.
From there, the Vikings went 31 yards down to the 15 and Ryan Longwell
connected on a 33-yard field goal to give his team a 10-9 advantage.
The Chiefs grabbed the lead right back on the ensuing possession, with
Breaston sparking the offense as he hauled in a 28-yard pass from Cassel on
2nd-and-4 to bring the ball up to the 41. The Chiefs worked their way down
to the 36 and brought out Succop for his career-long 54-yard field goal, which
he squeezed just inside the right upright to give his team a 12-10 edge.
"I'm so excited we won," Breaston said. "Just being out there and
contributing, that's the big thing. I just want to contribute and help the
team out. I'm so happy for these guys getting our first win."
After another Minnesota three-and-out, the Chiefs began their drive from the
Vikings' 45 with four minutes to play in the third stanza, and just before the
end of the quarter, Succop connected on his fifth field goal of the day from
22 yards out for a 15-10 margin.
Kansas City finally got into the end zone early in the fourth quarter when
Cassel hooked up with a wide open Bowe on the left sideline. Bowe broke a
few tackles and hustled to paydirt for a 52-yard touchdown catch and a 22-10
"You know what? It just wasn't good enough. We came up with stops at times
and they made a couple big plays on us," Vikings defensive end Jared Allen
said of his team's effort on defense.
With just under five minutes to go in the final quarter, Minnesota fought its
way back into the game when McNabb led his team 70 yards in 13 plays,
including a huge 20-yard completion to Bernard Berrian on 4th-and-14 to keep
the drive alive. McNabb found Jenkins in the end zone to cut the deficit to
McNabb had a chance to lead the Vikings on the game-winning drive with just
over four minutes to go in the contest. A 15-yard completion to Shiancoe on
second down and a 23-yard pass to Percy Harvin helped get the Vikings into
Kansas City territory, but from there the drive stalled as McNabb threw four
consecutive incompletions to give the ball back to KC with less than two
minutes to go.
"We just told one another, 'Don't try to do too much. Just try to do what
we've been doing all game, just play your position and let everything pan
out.' That's what everybody kept saying and looking at each in the eye,"
Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said of his team's defensive stand on the
The Chiefs ran out the clock to seal their first victory of the season.
With two TD passes on Sunday, McNabb has 234 in his career to surpass Steve
Young for 21st on the all-time list. He is 2-1 in three career starts against
the Chiefs...Kansas City leads the regular season series with Minnesota, 6-4,
winning four of the past five meetings...Kansas City converted on 6-of-15
third downs, while Minnesota converted 5-of-14 on third down...Chiefs
linebacker Tamba Hali finished with six solo tackles and two sacks.
10/02 17:44:01 ET