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Game Recap: Chiefs vs Titans

Chiefs win 26-17, start 5-0 for the second time in club history (2003)


The Kansas City Chiefs woke up this morning to a steady rainfall and an overcast sky that covered LP Field; hours later, the rain stopped, the Chiefs won the toss and elected to receive.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith led the team on a drive that took 3:07 off the game clock, before Chiefs Pro Bowl P Dustin Colquitt sent a punt into Titans territory, before it hit a backpedaling Titans player, only to be recovered in the end zone by Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper.

KC 7 TEN 0.

The Titans first drive began under the direction of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who replaced the injured Jake Locker. Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton sent his guys on the field, before they returned three plays later, forcing a punt on fourth down.

Kansas City head coach Andy Reid went to his Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles on the first two carries of the next Chiefs drive, ending in gains of seven and 19 yards. Later, facing a third-and-three, Alex Smith's pass fell incomplete, forcing a Colquitt punt.


Later in the quarter, following another strong defensive effort by the Chiefs, Alex Smith and the offense got the ball back and went to the air with it; Smith found Avery for 44 yards, followed later by a run by Jamaal, as well as a nine-yard completion to TE Sean McGrath, which led to a fourth-and-one.

The first quarter ended with the score remaining KC 7 TEN 0.


Coach Reid sent in Chiefs K Ryan Succop, who nailed a 29-yard FG, giving the Chiefs a 10-0 lead, to start the second quarter.

Scoring Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards, 1:56 and a 29-yard FG by Succop.

KC 10 TEN 0.

The Chiefs defense forced another three-and-out, before getting the ball back for its first drive of the second quarter. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles took the carry and was hit, fumbled and Tennessee recovered.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has said in the past that he loves the way his team helps one another out, on offense, defense and special teams, which again happened as the Chiefs defense forced another punt.

Kansas City was unable to add to its lead, on the ensuing drive, before Colquitt came in and sent a punt 54 yards to the Titans 35-yard line.

The Titans had success moving the ball on their next drive, thanks to a 37-yard run by Titans RB Jackie Battle and a 15-yard reception by Titans TE Delanie Walker. However, as the drive continued, the Titans faced a fourth-and-goal on the Chiefs one-yard line and trying to get some momentum, Tennessee decided to go for six, but for the Chiefs D would have none of it. Chiefs DTs Anthony Toribio and Dontari Poe stuffed Battle for no gain, giving the ball back to their offense.

From their own one-yard line, the Chiefs went to the air, as QB Alex Smith found Chiefs WR Donnie Avery down the left sideline, good for 41 yards. Avery injured his right shoulder on the catch and did not return to the game.


Following the Avery catch, Alex Smith found Chiefs TE Sean McGrath for 25 yards, before Jamaal took a reception for another eight yards, followed by a six-yard rush, before the two-minute warning.

Kansas City was unable to get in the end zone, as Chiefs K Ryan Succop later booted a 29-yard FG, to give his team a 13-0 lead and it stayed that way into the third quarter.

KC 13 TEN 0.

Scoring Drive: 10 plays, 94 yards, four minutes, ending with Succop's 24-yard FG make.


The Titans opened the third quarter with a scoring drive that consisted of five plays, covered 82 yards and took 2:51 off the clock, as Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick found RB Chris Johnson for a 49-yard TD pass.

KC 13 TEN 7.

The Chiefs were forced to punt on their next drive, when the Titans put together a drive that lasted nine plays, covering 56 yards and took 4:25 off the clock, when Titans K Rob Bironas made good on a 22-yard FG.

KC 13 TEN 10.

The Titans got the ball back on the next drive, when Chiefs QB Alex Smith was intercepted by Titans S Bernard Pollard. 

Tennessee moved the ball down to the Chiefs two-yard line, before Dontari Poe sacked Fitzpatrick for a seven-yard loss, ending the third quarter. KC 13 TEN 10.


The Titans faced a third-and-goal from the nine-yard line to open the fourth quarter, when Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scored on a run, up the middle.

Scoring Drive: 9 plays, 42 yards, 4:54, ending with a nine-yard TD run by Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

TEN 17 KC 13.

Later in the fourth quarter, with less than 12 minutes to play, the Chiefs began a strong drive down the field, thanks to a 17-yard pass play from Alex Smith to Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe. A few plays later, Alex Smith was hit out of bounds, giving the Chiefs another first down. Later, facing a second-and-two from the Titans eight-yard-line, Smith found Bowe again, for a first down, before he was stopped at the Titans one-yard line.

Following a pass interference call against the Titans, drawn by Bowe, Jamaal Charles took the ball in from one yard out. Following Succop's extra point, the Chiefs took a 20-17 lead, with 6:23 to play in the fourth quarter.

Scoring Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 5:05 on the drive, ending with the one-yard run by Jamaal Charles.

KC 20 TEN 17.

The Titans next drive ended in the hands of Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper, who made an unbelievable INT, which stood after the review, giving Alex Smith and the offense the ball right back, on the Titans 33-yard line.


The Chiefs went to Jamaal on three-straight carries, covering 16, seven and zero yards. Facing a third-and-eight, with 4:18 to play, from the 15-yard line, Alex's pass was knocked down, leading to another Ryan Succop FG, this one from 33 yards out.

Scoring Drive: 5 plays, 18 yards, 2:04, ending with a 33-yard FG by Succop.

KC 23 TEN 17.

Again, the Titans attempted to come back, but the Chiefs defense was greedy, as S Quintin Demps intercepted Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, before returning it 35 yards, to the Titans 33-yard line. 

The Chiefs faced a fourth-and-seven from the Titans 30-yard line, with 2:17 to play in the fourth quarter, when Ryan Succop blasted a 48-yard FG, giving the Chiefs a 26-17 lead.

KC 26 TEN 17.

Scoring Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, :27 seconds, as Succop drills a 48-yard FG.

The Chiefs defense kept the Titans from scoring on their final drive of the game, securing the 26-17 victory.

The Chiefs are 5-0 for just the second time in franchise history (2003).

See more photos from the game here.

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