Posted Sep 19, 2010

Chiefs move to 2-0

CLEVELAND – After a back-and-forth first half which saw the Chiefs and Browns exchange scoring drives, the Chiefs defense held the Browns offense scoreless in the second half as the as Kansas City managed the only points of the second half to grab a 16-14 victory at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday. Head Coach Todd Haley’s decision to go for a first down on fourth-and-one with 2:00 remaining in the contest proved pivotal as RB Thomas Jones made the first down, effectively sealing the victory.


Kansas City held advantages in total yards (312 to 299), rushing (140 to 73) and in time of possession (33:13 to 26:47) but had to come fighting back in the second half after trailing 14-10 at the midway point. RB Thomas Jones ran for 83 yards on 22 carries, while RB Jamaal Charles added 49 yards on 11 rushes. Rookie TE Tony Moeaki led all receivers with five catches for 58 yards. QB Matt Cassel completed 16 of 28 passes in the contest for 176 yards. K Ryan Succop connected on three FGs, including 26 and 23-yard FGs, which were the game’s only points in the second half.

The key play of the game came on a Kansas City’s only TD of the day, a defensive score as CB Brandon Flowers intercepted a QB Seneca Wallace pass and returned it 33 yards to paydirt, giving the Chiefs the temporary 10-7 lead.

QB Matt Cassel connected on his first two passes of the game for four yards to WR Dwayne Bowe and eight yards to TE Tony Moeaki. RB Thomas Jones picked up 14 yards on three carries before the Cleveland defense forced an incomplete pass and a Chiefs punt.

On the Browns ensuing drive, LB Mike Vrabel made his way into the backfield and brought down RB Jerome Harrison, forcing a fumble in the process that was recovered by DE Glenn Dorsey. After review, the play stood and the Chiefs took over on the Cleveland 23-yard line. Cassel scrambled for six yards, but that’s all the farther the Chiefs would get before Succop booted a 35-yard FG to put Kansas City on top 3-0 with 8:43 left to play in the first quarter.

After a Browns punt was downed on the Kansas City five-yard line, Cassel connected with WR Chris Chambers for 15 yards before finding Moeaki for 16 more yards. LB Marcus Benard sacked Cassel for a four-yard loss. Following the sack, P Dustin Colquitt booted a season-long 59-yard punt that bounced out of bounds at the four-yard line.

RB Peyton Hillis picked up 12 yards to give the Browns breathing room. Wallace then connected with WR Mohamed Massaquioi for nine yards, Harrison for 23 yards and TE Benjamin Watson for 44 yards to move the ball to the Kansas City eight-yard line. A screen pass to Cribbs was broken up for no gain by CB Brandon Flowers and Harrison picked up three yards to the five-yard line. An illegal contact penalty gave the Browns first-and-goal at the two-yard line. Two plays later Hillis found the end zone on a one-yard drive. The TD gave the Browns the 7-3 lead with 12:31 left to play in the first half.

After the Chiefs went three-and-out, the defense rose to the challenge as Flowers intercepted a Wallace pass intended for Stuckey and returned it 33 yards for a TD, putting the Chiefs back on top of the Browns 10-7 with 10:02 left to play in the first half.

The two teams traded knockout punches as Wallace answered the Chiefs defensive TD with a 65-yard TD pass to Cribbs to steal the lead back, making it a 14-10 advantage for the Browns with 8:43 left in the first half.

Kansas City gave the ball right back to the Browns offense as Cassel’s deep pass for Chambers was intercepted by CB Sheldon Brown at the Cleveland 35-yard line. The two teams traded punts following the interception.

Pinned inside the 10-yard line, RB Jamaal Charles picked up 20 yards before a Cassel pass attempt was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by DT Ahtyba Rubin. The turnover set up a 42-yard K Phil Dawson FG attempt that was wide left.

Charles took a handoff to run the clock out on the first half.

Faced with third-and six to open the second half, Cassel connected with Moeaki for 20 yards for a first down. Lining up for another third-and-six play, Cassel found WR Dwayne Bowe for 17 yards to keep the drive moving. Jones picked up 11 yards to the Cleveland 15-yard line. The Chiefs drive stalled in the Red Zone with Succop booting a 26-yard FG to narrow the Browns lead to 14-13 with 8:45 left in the third quarter.

The Kansas City defense held the Browns on three consecutive plays, but an unnecessary roughness penalty after an incomplete pass on third-and-five kept the Browns drive alive. The Chiefs held on three straight plays again, forcing Cleveland to punt.

Cassel found Charles for 27 yards out of the backfield to open the drive for Kansas City. Jones followed that with a seven-yard carry. The Chiefs were forced to punt on fourth-and-one.

Wallace connected with Hillis for seven yards on third-and-five. Faced with third-and-18, Hillis grabbed a Wallace pass for eight yards before being brought down by DE Wallace Gilberry, forcing a Browns punt.

On the following drive for the Chiefs, Jones picked up three yards before Cassel hit Bowe for 19 yards down the middle for a first down. Kansas City lined up for third-and-six and Charles burst through the line of scrimmage for seven yard to move the sticks. Cassel found Moeaki for 12 yards on third-and-seven, moving the ball to the Browns 25-yard line. Cassel found Chambers for 15 yards to the eight-yard line, giving the Chiefs first-and-goal. Facing third-and-goal from the five-yard line, an incomplete pass and a declined holding penalty forced Succop to connect on a 23-yard FG to give the Chiefs the 16-14 lead with 7:41 left to play in the contest.

After an 11-yard completion to Stuckey the Chiefs defense did not allow another first down on the drive, taking over at their own 31-yard line after a Cleveland punt.

An unnecessary roughness penalty on second down moved the Chiefs to the 50-yard line. From there the Chiefs managed only eight yards. Colquitt punted 35 yards with the ball being downed at the seven-yard line.

DE Wallace Gilberry sacked Wallace for three yards on second-and-six. An incomplete pass on third-and-nine forced another Cleveland punt, with Kansas City taking over on the Cleveland 45-yard line.

Jones carried the ball three straight plays and notched nine yards. On fourth-and-one Jones, leaped over the pile to pick up the first down, allowing the Chiefs to run out the clock on the 16-14 victory.

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