Chiefs Fall to Colts 19 - 9

Posted Oct 10, 2010


INDIANAPOLIS – After a back-and-forth battle that saw only field goals registered on the scoreboard for 55 minutes, Indianapolis walked off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium with a 19-9 victory after RB Mike Hart tallied the day’s only touchdown as he rumbled 11 yards into the end zone, capping a 12-play, 71-yard drive that milked 5:33 off the clock. But the Chiefs wouldn’t go away, driving to the Indianapolis 31-yard line before a missed 51-yard FG attempt by K Ryan Succop essentially dashed the club’s comeback hopes.


The Chiefs managed to keep QB Peyton Manning in check all day, allowing 244 net passing yards and a season-low 341 yards of total offense. Kansas City also did not allow Manning to register a TD pass for the first time since the final game of the 2009 at Buffalo (1/3/10). Manning managed just a 65.0 passer rating compared to Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, who produced a 70.5 mark.

Kansas City amassed 261 yards of offense on the day including 148 yards through the air and 113 yards on the ground. RB Jamaal Charles carried the ball 16 times for 87 yards to lead the ground attack. TE Tony Moeaki led the team with four receptions for 50 yards.

K Adam Vinatieri knocked a 20-yard FG attempt through the uprights for the game’s first points, taking advantage of a Kansas City onside kick that was touched by a Chiefs player before it traveled 10 yards, giving Indianapolis the ball on the Kansas City 37-yard line.

The Chiefs defense rose to the occasion as the Colts marched toward the end zone. With first and goal from the three-yard line, the Chiefs stuffed back-to-back rushes. A Manning pass was nearly intercepted in the end zone by CB Brandon Carr on third down, setting up a 20-yard Vinatieri FG for the 3-0 lead with 9:59 left in the opening quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Cassel completed passes to WR Terrence Copper for and WR Dexter McCluster for five and eight-yards respectively. From there, the Chiefs relied on the ground game to move the ball down the field. Faced with fourth-and-two from the Indianapolis eight-yard line, the Chiefs continued the bold game plan, as Cassel’s pass was broken up by LB Gary Brackett, giving the Colts the ball on their own eight-yard line.

Manning found WR Reggie Wayne for a 24-yard completion, moving the ball into KC territory. RB Joseph Addai took a Manning pass 12 yards on the next snap. Manning completed his third straight pass, finding WR Pierre Garcon for 13 yards. Two plays later Manning found Wayne for 10 yards to the Chiefs seven-yard line. The Chiefs defense stiffened on back-to-back run plays before Manning’s third down pass sailed incomplete with CB Brandon Flowers covering Garcon. Vinatieri converted a 24-yard FG to give the Colts a 6-0 lead with 9:14 left in the first half.

The Chiefs went three-and-out on their next drive and Manning opened with a 14-yard pass to Wayne but DE Wallace Gilberry wreaked havoc in the backfield on third and three as he brought Addai down for a three-yard loss, forcing the Colts to punt.

Cassel found TE Leonard Pope on the first play of the drive for 11 yards. Charles registered 17 yards on three straight carries before Cassel hit WR Dwayne Bowe for 12 yards. Colts S Antoine Bethea hit Charles two plays later, forcing a fumble that was recovered by DE Keyunta Dawson at the Colts 34-yard line. Manning hit WR Austin Collie for 19 yards. Faced with fourth and two after two short passes and an incompletion, S Jon McGraw tackled Addai one yard short of a first down, giving the Chiefs the ball with 0:18 left to play in the first half.

Cassel found WR Chris Chambers for 13 yards and a late hit out of bounds added 15 yards for the Chiefs. Cassel then hit TE Tony Moeaki on the sideline for six yards to stop the clock. Kansas City narrowed the Colts lead to 6-3 on a 45-yard K Ryan Succop FG with 0:07 left to play in the first half. The Chiefs defense held the Colts without a first-half TD for the first time since November 1, 2009.

The Chiefs were forced to punt on their opening drive of the second half. Wayne hauled in a nine-yard pass from Manning before Garcon grabbed a 17-yard pass. Manning found Addai for 15 yards on third and seven to keep the chains moving. After the first down, LB Tamba Hali brought defensive pressure two plays in a row, registering a sack and forcing a Manning fumble on second and 10. The Colts settled for a 47-yard Vinatieri FG to extend the lead to 9-3 lead with 8:31 left in the third quarter.

Charles opened the drive with a 14-yard gain to the Chiefs 42-yard line. Cassel found Moeaki for 27 yards on the following play. After making it into the Red Zone, Jones was tackled for a five-yard loss on second and five. Succop nailed a 35-yard FG, making the score 9-6 with 4:35 left in the third stanza.

DE Glenn Dorsey tackled Addai for a three-yard loss on second and 10 and S Jon McGraw picked off a Manning pass at the Indianapolis 34-yard line and returned it four yards. Two dropped passes and an incompletion set Succop up for a 43-yard FG. Succop nailed his third kick of the day, tying the game at 9-9 with 3:26 left to play in the third quarter.

A defensive pass interference penalty moved the Colts into KC territory. A critical 14-yard third-down pass to Garcon was ruled a completion but was overturned after Head Coach Todd Haley challenged the play, forcing a 42-yard Vinatieri FG that gave the Colts the 12-9 lead with 14:40 left to play in the game.

After the Chiefs went three-and-out Manning connected with Collie for 16 yards on third and eight before the Chiefs defense forced a P Pat McAfee punt, giving Kansas City the ball at its own 16-yard line. The Chiefs only managed seven yards before having to punt the ball away again.

Manning led the Colts on a methodical drive that ended in the contest’s first TD. Manning went seven-for-nine on the drive and was able to keep the chains moving despite never completing a pass of more than nine yards. Indianapolis capped the 12-play, 71-yard drive as Hart carried the ball 11 yards up the middle to the end zone, putting the Colts on top 19-9 with 4:02 left to play in the game.

The Chiefs offense moved the ball to its own 48-yard line before the two-minute warning. On fourth-and-12 after the two-minute warning, Cassel hit Bowe for 21 yards to keep the drive moving. Cassel hit Moeaki for nine yards to the Indianapolis 33-yard line. Faced with fourth-and-four, Succop attempted a 51-yard FG that sailed wide right. The Colts ran the clock out for the 19-9 victory after the missed kick.

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