Chiefs take down Rams 27-13

Posted Dec 19, 2010

Governor's Cup back at New Arrowhead!

ST. LOUIS – Kansas City topped the St. Louis Rams 27-13 at the Edward Jones Dome to return the Governor’s Cup to Kansas City and seal the Chiefs perfect 4-0 mark against the NFC West in 2010.


After a slow start that saw the Rams jump out to a 6-0 lead, Kansas City registered 20 unanswered points before St. Louis threatened again, giving the Chiefs a lead that the Rams would not be able to overcome.

The Chiefs held a 383 to 224 advantage in total yards, while Kansas City registered 210 rushing yards, marking the sixth game of the season in which the Chiefs eclipsed the 200-yard plateau. RB Jamaal Charles registered 11 carries for 126 yards (11.5 avg.) with one TD and a career-long run of 80 yards. RB Thomas Jones tallied 62 yards on 22 carries with one TD and became the 25th player in NFL annals to rush for 10,000 career yards.

The Kansas City defense allowed only 69 rushing yards on the afternoon, its third-lowest total of the season while rookie S Kendrick Lewis recorded a career-high two INTs of QB Sam Bradford. DE Wallace Gilberry registered a career-high 3.0 sacks (-26.0 yards) to give him 7.0 this season and 11.5 QB takedowns for his career.

Bradford completed his first six passes to open the game as the Rams marched the ball to the Kansas City nine-yard line before they suffered back-to-back false start penalties. Faced with third and 11, Bradford’s pass was broken up by LB Andy Studebaker. Rams K Josh Brown knocked a 37-yard FG through the uprights to give St. Louis the 3-0 lead with 6:56 left to play in the first quarter.

In his first game back after having an appendectomy on December 8th, QB Matt Cassel found Charles for nine yards out of the backfield to open the game but two incomplete passes forced a Chiefs punt. Colquitt’s punt was returned 42 yards by Rams WR Danny Amendola, giving St. Louis the ball on the Kansas City 36-yard line.

On third and eight, LB Derrick Johnson batted down a Bradford pass. Brown nailed a 52-yard FG with 4:43 left on the clock to put St. Louis up 6-0.

An illegal contact penalty on third and 10 gave the Chiefs an automatic first down, but the Chiefs could not take advantage as Cassel’s pass on third and 13 was intercepted by CB Kevin Dockery and was returned to the Kansas City 48-yard line.

An illegal hands to the face penalty forced the Rams into first and 20. After two incomplete passes, Gilberry sacked Bradford for a seven-yard loss. Colquitt booted a 72-yard punt for a touchback, kick that tied for the fifth longest punt in Chiefs history. St. Louis was forced to punt after going three and out on its next drive.

Facing fourth and one from his own 48-yard line, Head Coach Todd Haley went for it with RB Jackie Battle taking a handoff up the middle for seven yards. Cassel found WR Dwayne Bowe deep down the right sideline for 28 yards to the St. Louis 11-yard line. On third and one from the two-yard line, Cassel found Pope in the end zone to give the Chiefs a 7-6 edge over the Rams with 6:49 left in the first half.

Following the scoring drive, St. Louis went three and out. After an unnecessary roughness penalty for a late hit out of bound by the Rams, Cassel connected with TE Tony Moeaki for 12 yards and followed that with a 13-yard scramble when the pocket collapsed to get to the St. Louis 20-yard line. On second and 13, Jones caught a pass out of the backfield for 16 yards and a first down at the St. Louis seven-yard line. Jones picked up five yards on first down and Charles busted through the line on third and two for a TD to put the Chiefs up 14-6 with 1:47 left to play in the first half.

After another St. Louis three and out and punt, Cassel found WR Chris Chambers for 26 yards to the St. Louis 43-yard line. An intentional grounding penalty gave Kansas City second and 20. The Chiefs were forced to punt and the Rams elected to run the clock out on the first half.

On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Jones picked up four yards to become the 25th player in NFL history to go over the 10,000-yard career rushing mark. The Chiefs moved the ball to the St. Louis 35-yard line before facing fourth and nine. K Ryan Succop put a 53-yard FG through the uprights, tying a career long, and putting the Chiefs up 17-6 with 10:18 left in the third quarter.

The two team traded punts on their next drives. St. Louis took over on its own 19-yard line but could not muster a first down. On third and nine, Cassel found Chambers for 10 yards to midfield. Charles picked up 17 yards after three straight rushes but the Chiefs failed to convert a third-and-four play. Succop’s 51-yard FG attempt was blown dead after a false start and instead of three points, the Chiefs punted and downed the ball at the St. Louis three-yard line.

After a Rams punt, Cassel connected with Bowe for a 25-yard pickup to the Rams 29-yard line. Succop trotted out for a 38-yard FG which he sent through the uprights, putting Kansas City up 20-6 with 12:20 left in the contest.

On third and 10 for the Rams, Bradford’s completion to WR Danario Alexander was challenged by Haley and was overturned, forcing a Rams punt on fourth and 10. The Chiefs punted the ball right back.

Bradford found Amendola for 15 yards to the St. Louis 43 followed by two short passes to move into Kansas City territory. Bradford hit Amendola again, this time for 16 yards to move to the Kansas City 17-yard line. RB Steven Jackson capped the 12-play, 72-yard drive with a five-yard TD run to narrow the Chiefs lead to 20-13 with 4:04 left to play in the first half.

On the first play of the Chiefs drive, Charles reeled off an 80-yard run down to the St. Louis two-yard line to give the Chiefs the momentum again. Jones dove over the pile and into the end zone to extend the Chiefs lead to 27-13 with 3:26 left in the game. Charles’ run put him over 100 for the day and marked the sixth time in 2010 that the Chiefs gained 200 or more yards rushing as a team.

Bradford found Jackson for nine yards out of the backfield but on second and one, Gilberry registered his second sack of the day and forced a fumble that was eventually recovered by the Rams. On third and 10, Gilberry again got to Bradford and dropped him for a 10-yard loss. Facing fourth and 20 from the St. Louis nine-yard line, Bradford’s deep pass was intercepted by Lewis at midfield and was returned to the Rams 49-yard line.

The Chiefs turned the ball over on downs and on the ensuing St. Louis drive, Lewis recorded his second interception of the day, giving the ball to the offense to kneel out the clock.

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