Kansas City at Green Bay: October 12, 2003
Late game heroics followed the Chiefs on the road just seven days after defeating the Broncos on a 93-yard punt return TD in the fourth quarter. But this time, Dante Hall was shut out of the end zone for the first time in five games.
The Chiefs had to find a big play from another player in order to remain unbeaten, and find that player at historic Lambeau Field no less.
The play was called 989 Pump, a perfect play-action pump-and-go route for a speedster like WR Eddie Kennison. Heck, his teammates even called him “Fast Eddie.”
Priest Holmes, who had carried the ball nine consecutive times, did a perfect sell job with the fake draw and the rest was about hitting Kennison in stride.
Kennison had several steps on Packers DB Bhawoh Jue and Green delivered the 51-yard strike on the money. For the third-straight week the Chiefs made their final score count as a game winner. This time it came in overtime.
“After nine straight runs, they were playing eight in the box; no safety was in the middle of the field,” Kennison said amongst a joyous Chiefs locker room. “The play-call worked perfectly.
“On a lot of those earlier runs I’d release to the outside and come back to block a guy .I think he was thinking that I was getting ready to block him again. He looked around to see where the run was, and I kept going.”
Kennison’s overtime catch capped an improbable comeback win that began with the Chiefs trailing the Packers 31-14 at the start of the fourth quarter. It was the largest fourth quarter comeback in team history.
Kansas City’s miraculous fourth quarter rally began at the 12:20 mark with Holmes’ one-yard TD run, but the Chiefs never really threatened until S Jerome Woods picked off Brett Favre for a 79-yard INT TD return with 8:46 to play. Woods’ INT brought the Chiefs within three points and each club traded field goals before Kansas City K Morten Anderson sent the game into overtime with a 31-yard FG as regulation expired.
Once overtime hit, it seemed like only a matter of time before the cardiac Chiefs found a way to squeeze out another unbelievable victory.
“If you’re a Chiefs fan,” Kennison said, “you know by now – don’t turn the channel. Don’t leave the house. Just sit down and enjoy the ride of your life.”
Kansas City’s undefeated ride would extend another three games before it was finally derailed. The Chiefs started the 2003 regular season with a 9-0 start for the first time in team history and became just the ninth team since the AFL-NFL merger to accomplish that feat.
FROM THE VAULT: GAME NOTES (10/12/03)
Game Captains: C
Starting Streaks/Games Played: G Will Shields started his 165th game, extending the longest streak of consecutive starts in team history. His 165 overall starts move him into second all-time in KC history ahead of C Tim Grunhard (164).
Chiefs Are 6-0: KC is 6-0 for the first time in team history. KC’s six-game winning streak is the club’s longest since owning a six-game streak in ’97. The KC record for consecutive regular season wins is seven which has been done three times, most recently set in ’95. KC has now won three consecutive road games for the first time since doing it at ARZ (10/1/95), at DEN (10/22/95) and at SD (11/12/95).
Chiefs 3-0 At Lambeau Field: KC is only the third team in NFL history to win its first three regular season games at Lambeau Field. The Oilers and Raiders also did it. Sunday’s game marked just the fifth regular season home loss for Green Bay since 2000. GB had a negative turnover ratio in all five of those contests. The Chiefs were 2 (2 takes/0 gives) vs. Green Bay on Sunday. KC’s 40 points were the most scored against Green Bay at Lambeau since a 48-47 Packers victory vs. Washington (10/17/83). Sunday’s game marked the first time GB has lost when RB Ahman Green posted 100 or more yards. GB is now 17-1 in such games.
Overtime Notes: KC’s 40-34 win at GB was the Chiefs first OT win since a 26-23 OT decision vs. Denver (12/16/01). It was KC’s first road OT win since a 13-10 victory at Houston (10/23/83) and just the fourth road OT victory in team history, including postseason play.
Comeback Stats: The Chiefs overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit for the first time in team history. The largest previous fourth-quarter deficit the club had overcome was 14 points, which was done three times, most recently in a 37-34 win at Oakland (11/28/99). Sunday’s comeback tied as the largest second-half deficit overcome in a KC victory. The Chiefs also overcame 17-point second-half deficit and won 28-17 vs. Oakland (10/25/81).
More Scoring/Offensive Stats: The Chiefs have registered a return TD on defense or special teams in five of their six wins this season, registering one return score in five straight games. KC’s 20 points in the fourth quarter were the club’s most since scoring 21 in the fourth quarter at NE (9/22/02). KC’s 71 plays were the club’s most since having 71 at Oakland (12/9/01). KC’s 482 total net yards and 22 first downs were the club’s most since having 494 yards and 22 first downs at Denver (12/15/02).
Green’s Day: QB Trent Green’s 400 passing yards were the fourth-highest single-game total in Chiefs history and the second-highest single-game total ever accumulated in a KC victory. It was his highest passing output in a Chiefs uniform and the second-highest total of his career. He had 431 yards vs. Carolina (11/5/00) as a member of the Rams. It was his first 300-yard game of the season and the 13th of his career. He now has eight 300-yard games with KC, the third-highest tally in team annals. It was Green’s 11th career fourth-quarter or OT comeback win and his eighth as a member of the Chiefs. He finished the game with a 111.3 rating, his first game of the season with a 100.0 rating or better on the season and the 13th such game of his career. Green owns eight games in a KC uniform with a 100.0 rating or better. KC is 7-1 in those games. Green’s 27 completions were his most as a member of the Chiefs.
100-Yard Receiving Daily Double: TE Tony Gonzalez (121 yards) and WR Johnnie Morton (109) become the first pair of KC teammates to record each record a 100 receiving yards in the same game since Gonzalez (147) and WR Derrick Alexander (116) did it at New England (12/4/00). It was Morton’s first 100-yard receiving game as a member of the Chiefs and the 19th of his career. It marked his third 100-yard effort vs. the Packers. It was Gonzalez’s ninth career 100-yard game.
More Morton: WR Johnnie Morton registered his third TD of the season and the 39th of his career on a 10-yard catch from QB Trent Green. His 109 receiving yards were his most since a 153-yard effort at Arizona (11/18/01) as a member of the Lions.
Gonzalez Extends Catch Streak, Moves Into Second-Place Tie on KC Receiving Chart: TE Tony Gonzalez has now caught at least one pass in 42 straight games, the fifth-longest streak in Kansas City history. Gonzalez has at least one reception in 86 of his last 87 games. With a 26-yard TD reception in the first-quarter, he moved into sole possession of second place on KC’s all-time receiving chart ahead of WR Otis Taylor (410). Gonzalez has 414 career catches and needs three more to overtake WR Henry Marshall (416) for the most in team history. It was Gonzalez’s third straight game with a TD catch. He now has 40 TD catches in his career. Gonzalez’s 121 receiving yards were his most since having 140 vs. Miami (9/29/02).
Picks & Licks – S Jerome Woods: S Jerome Woods registered his second INT of the season, returning it for a 79-yard TD. It was his second INT return TD of the season. He also had a 46-yard INT return TD vs. Pittsburgh (9/14). Woods also registered his third forced fumble of the season and the 11th of his career. That fumble was recovered by LB Mike Maslowski in OT to set up KC’s game-winning drive. It was Maslowski’s first fumble recovery of the season and the third of his career.
Holmes Notes: RB Priest Holmes registered his eighth rushing TD of the season and the 47th of his career on a one-yard run. Holmes now has 3,734 rushing yards with the Chiefs, moving into fourth place on the KC rushing chart ahead of Marcus Allen (3,698).
Sack Stats: LB Scott Fujita registered his first career two-sack game vs. Green Bay. He had an eight-yard sack in the first quarter and a three-yard sack of QB Brett Favre in the third quarter. He now has 3.0 sacks on the season and 4.0 in his career. LB Shawn Barber recorded a three-yard sack in the fourth quarter, his first as member of the Chiefs and the fifth of his career. The Chiefs have not allowed a sack in two straight games, one game shy of the team record of three last accomplished from 12/4/00 – 12/17/00.
Injuries: CB Darrius Johnson (right knee sprain), LB Quinton Caver (right thumb sprain), DT John Browning (left toe sprain).