Posted Nov 21, 2010

Move to 5 - 0 at Arrowhead

KANSAS CITY – The Chiefs stayed perfect at home, moving their record to 5-0 at Arrowhead in 2010 as the Chiefs registered a convincing 31-13 victory vs. Arizona. The Chiefs are now 4-0 all-time against the Cardinals in regular season play at Arrowhead.


WR Dwayne Bowe registered his sixth straight game with at least one TD pass, surpassing a team record of five straight games that was held by E Chris Burford (’62) and WR Otis Taylor (’66). Bowe finished the game with six catches for 109 yards and tied a career high with two TD catches. It marked his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. RB Thomas Jones also added two TDs on runs of one and three yards and totaled 15 carries for 71 yards on the day. QB Matt Cassel completed 15 of 24 passes for 193 yards with two TDs, good for a 115.5 rating, his second straight game with a triple-digit mark in that department.

The Chiefs won the toss and deferred to the second half. Arizona QB Derek Anderson completed four of five passes for 51 yards on the Cardinals opening drive, but the Chiefs defense stiffened in the Red Zone, setting up a 36-yard Jay Feely FG to put Arizona up 3-0 with 10:24 left to play in the first quarter.

Kansas City was forced to punt on their opening drive and forced the Cardinals to do the same after the Chiefs defense stuffed RB Tim Hightower on third and one. Taking over on the 20-yard line after the touchback, Jones scampered up the right sideline for 28 yards before being brought down. The Chiefs got just past midfield before having to punt again.

The Cardinals offense suffered back-to-back penalties starting on their eight-yard line and CB Brandon Carr tipped an Anderson pass on third and 12 to force another Arizona punt. CB Javier Arenas returned the ball to the Arizona 38-yard line. Cassel then connected with Bowe for 37 yards to move the ball to the one-yard line. The Cardinals stopped the Chiefs on first and second down from the one-yard line. On third and goal from the one, Cassel hit Bowe in the end zone, putting the Chiefs up 7-3 with 13:35 left to play in the second quarter.

Following another Arizona punt, Cassel connected with TE Jake O’Connell for an 18-yard completion while an unnecessary roughness penalty added an extra 15 yards to the play. RB Jamaal Charles grabbed a pass out of the backfield and ran 25 yards to the one-yard line. Two plays later, Jones jumped over the goal line to put the Chiefs up 14-3 with 10:14 left to play in the first half.

On Arizona’s next possession, Anderson connected with WR Larry Fitzgerald for a 24-yard gain. An 18-yard Anderson pass to WR Early Doucet was ruled complete, but was overturned after a Chiefs challenge. Arizona was eventually forced to punt again.

Neither club could sustain a drive on its next possession. After an Arizona punt pinned the Chiefs at their own one-yard line with 0:57 remaining in the first half, Head Coach Todd Haley shrewdly milked the clock to get to intermission with a 14-3 lead. Faced with fourth and 10 at the one, the Chiefs took a delay of game penalty so P Dustin Colquitt wouldn’t have to risk a blocked punt, a safety or set up a free kick opportunity for the Cardinals. With 0:02 left on the clock, Cassel threw an incomplete pass out of bounds to run out the clock.

The Chiefs took the opening possession of the second half and Cassel promptly picked apart the Cardinals defense, connecting with three different receivers in four plays before Charles sprinted 39 yards to the Arizona three-yard line. On the next play, Jones plowed through the line for his second rushing score of the game, giving KC 21-3 advantage.

Arizona successfully moved the ball down the field as RB Tim Hightower rushed for 16 yards and Anderson connected with WR Steve Breaston for completions of 27 and 18 yards. Again, the Chiefs defense held firm in the Red Zone as an Anderson pass intended for Breaston was batted down by CB Brandon Flowers in the end zone. Feely put a 29-yard FG through the uprights to make the score 21-6 with 4:55 left in the third quarter.

The Chiefs punted the ball back to the Cardinals on their ensuing possession. Anderson found Breaston for 20 yards. Facing fourth and two, Arizona lined but to go for it but the Chiefs took a timeout before the snap, while Anderson got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that drove the ball back 15 yards. The teams would trade punts once again.

Charles reeled off runs of 10 and nine yards before Jones rumbled for 11 yards moving the ball to the Arizona 28-yard line. Cassel found WR Verran Tucker for a 13-yard gain to the Arizona 11-yard line. Charles got to the five-yard line before the drive stalled. K Ryan Succop connected on a 23-yard FG to make the Chiefs lead 24-6 with 8:12 left in the game.

On Arizona’s ensuing drive, S Rick Price stopped TE Ben Patrick one yard short of a first down, forcing fourth and one. On fourth down, Anderson’s pass to WR Andre Roberts fell incomplete. After the Cardinals turned the ball over on downs, Cassel found Bowe for his second TD of the day, putting Bowe over the 100-yard receiving mark for the day and extended the lead to 31-6 with 4:20 left to play.

Arizona moved the ball down the field on their last drive before a sack by CB Javier Arenas forced a loss of 12 yards and slowed the Cardinals drive. Faced with fourth and 15, Anderson hit Fitzgerald for 16 yards and a first down at the Kansas City six-yard line with 0:14 seconds left. On second and three, Anderson found Fitzgerald for a TD as time expired, making the final score 31-13.

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