Found September 24, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Chiefs_vs_raiders_bae7
As Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop lined up for a 31-yard field goal in overtime, fans started filing out of the Superdome. Those who stuck around looked on in dread as New Orleans' nightmare of an offseason continued to bleed into the regular season. Succop drilled his club-record sixth field goal of the game, punctuating an 18-point comeback that made the Chiefs 27-24 upset road winners on Sunday. The Saints fell to 0-3 since head coach Sean Payton was suspended for a season in the NFL's bounty probe - a stark reversal of fortune for a team that made the playoffs each of the past three years. ''We don't know how we're supposed to act right now,'' interim head coach Aaron Kromer said of being winless through Week 3. ''We had a chance today. We're getting close, but close is not good enough.'' Still, Drew Brees described the Saints as a team that won't quit. ''In a lot of situations there's probably teams that will just ... notch up the season as a loss and just kind of go about their day with no purpose. We have purpose,'' Brees said. ''We believe. We also know that whatever we're facing right now is strengthening us, is molding us into the team that we're going to be. We're running out of time here, so we need to pull it together.'' The Saints have now lost twice in the Superdome, where they were unbeaten a season ago. While their losses have come by 8 points or fewer, they have also come against three teams that are now 1-2. Next week, the Saints travel to Green Bay. The Chiefs (1-2), meanwhile, went home feeling a lot better about not only getting their first victory, but the resolve they showed in erasing the 24-6 deficit they faced in the third quarter. ''The best part is our guys never gave up,'' said Succop, a perfect 6 for 6 on kicks ranging from 25 to 45 yards, including one from 43 that tied it with 3 seconds left in regulation. ''We kept fighting, it was a huge team win and I'm just really excited to have had a part in it.'' Jamaal Charles' 91-yard touchdown run - the longest running play in Chiefs history, and the longest given up by the Saints - started Kansas City's comeback. Then the Chiefs' defense thwarted a Saints scoring chance when Stanford Routt intercepted Brees' underthrown pass for Devery Henderson near the Kansas City goal line late in the third quarter. Brees was 20 of 36 for 240 yards and three TDs to Lance Moore, Jimmy Graham and Jed Collins. But he did not complete a pass after the third quarter, and the Saints never got another first down. Some of Brees' difficulty stemmed from constant pressure from end Justin Houston, who beat right tackle Zach Strief for three sacks, including a safety in the fourth quarter. ''It was all around not good enough by me,'' Strief said. ''I was physically and mentally beat, and that's disappointing.'' Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving, scored the only touchdown the Chiefs needed, with Succop and Houston's safety accounting for 20 points. ''This team needed a win, and a win like that really helped out in particular,'' Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. ''There were a lot of doubts about what we could do and they showed a lot of character.'' In one of several lowlights for the crew of replacement officials, New Orleans was briefly ruled the winner on the field in overtime when running back Shaun Draughn lost the ball stretching for a first down and safety Roman Harper picked it up and ran to the end zone. The fumble was overturned on video review, and although the spot came up a half-yard short of a first down, Charles easily converted a fourth-down run. ''We knew coming in that we could run against this defense,'' Charles said. ''It was an opportunity we had to take advantage of.'' New Orleans appeared to be taking command in the third quarter thanks to a pair of turnovers by the Chiefs. First came a fumble by Dexter McCluster, who hurt his shoulder while falling on his own after a short catch, then let the ball go moments before he would have been touched down by cornerback Jabari Greer. Officials initially ruled McCluster down while linebacker Jonathan Casillas scooped the ball and ran to the end zone. The Saints challenged and won a reversal, giving them the ball on the Chiefs' 19 and setting up Graham's 1-yard score. Greer's interception and 28-yard return to the Kansas City 7 then set up Collins' 6-yard TD to make it 24-6, setting the stage for the Chiefs' comeback - and the Saints' collapse. NOTES: Along with McCluster, the Chiefs lost starting C Rodney Hudson to an apparent right knee injury and RB Peyton Hillis to an ankle injury in the third quarter. ... Saints LB David Hawthorne left with a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. ... Brees now has TD passes in 46 straight regular season games, one behind Johnny Unitas' record. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Chiefs Send Saints To 0-3 Record, Avoid Their Own 0-3 Start - It…

Chiefs Send Saints To 0-3 Record, Avoid Their Own 0-3 Start - It was a rough start this year for the Chiefs, who entered Sunday’s game at 0-2 and facing an uphill challenge in the Superdome against the Saints. After the Chiefs made that uphill climb even steeper by falling into an 18-point deficit before coming back to win the game in overtime, head coach Romeo Crennel was relieved...

Three Things: Chiefs vs. Saints

All good things came in three's today so why stop the flow now. It was whacky improbable and hard fought. But the Chiefs prevailed over the Saints thanks to six field goals by kicker Ryan Succop.

Chiefs suddenly have new heading into week 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs were trailing New Orleans 24-6, well on their way to a third straight humiliating defeat. Then the defense stiffened, Jamaal Charles started to gouge the Saints for big yards and Kansas City suddenly has new life. The Chiefs (1-2) will try to build on the momentum generated by the 27-24 overtime thriller next Sunday when they face the San Diego Chargers...

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans: Five Things We Learned

Week 3 brought us a match-up between two teams desperately in search of their first win. The New Orleans Saints played host to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. After losing by at least two touchdowns in their first games of the season, the Chiefs found themselves in the same predicament well into the third quarter against the Saints.However, Kansas...

Chiefs suddenly have new life after beating Saints

The Chiefs were trailing New Orleans 24-6, well on their way to a third straight humiliating defeat. Then the defense stiffened, Jamaal Charles started to gouge the Saints for big yards and Kansas City suddenly has new life. The Chiefs (1-2) will try to build on the momentum generated by the 27-24 overtime thriller next Sunday when they face the San Diego Chargers in an AFC West...

Pierre Thomas Wins Big At Six Flags

I’m good at the ring toss Juan… Pierre Thomas came up big last week with 143 total yards against the Panthers and gets the lowly Chiefs defense this week as well. Looks like Pierre Thomas came up big at Six Flags too. He either tossed the softball in milkcan or shot the basketball in the oval hoop to get the moster stuffed animal. Tebow And Bono Chad Johnson Gets In The Ring

Brees: Saints urgently need consistency

(Eds: Updates throughout. With AP Photos.) By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer Drew Brees readily acknowledges he is an eternal optimist - and won't buy into the notion that an 0-3 record is proof the Saints are doomed without suspended coach Sean Payton. When he reviewed video on Monday of New Orleans' collapse in a 27-24 overtime loss to Kansas City a day earlier, he took...

Mike Tanier on Brees vs. Unitas

Mike Tanier has a nice piece on Drew Brees, Dan Marino, and Johnny Unitas: We should, of course, cherish the memories of Unitas and other legends. But we cannot do so at the expense of the present. Drew Brees is an all-time great at his prime. We must appreciate him while we have him. Every time we lapse into nostalgia, it’s a backhanded insult to a legacy that is still growing.

Saints Nation: Saints' Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Chiefs

Another game, another woeful performance by the defense. They were gashed for 510 yards and will continue their dominance as dead last in the NFL as a unit. They only gave up one touchdown, though, and honestly they played well enough to earn this team a win this week. They were bad, don't get me wrong, but it was an improvement over the first two weeks. Yes, 510 yards is shocking...

Week 3 NFL Preview: Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints

Coaching, contrary to popular belief, is important. Don’t believe me? Check the Saints 0-2 record to start 2012. No Sean Payton = No wins. It’s been that simple. Romeo Crennel, as solid of a coach as he may be, is also off to a 0-2 start which has left some scratching their heads. They haven’t had the toughest of starts schedule wise yet they come into Week 3 winless heading...

NFL Week 3: Vanderjacked Kansas City Style

Week 3 is over and the only thing you hear about is the replacement refs but the only guys that really matter are the kickers! The “Mess in Miami” is something that was not Vanderjacked worthy. Dan Carpenter missed two field goals, including one in overtime. Carpenter was only 2-4 on the day and certainly must take the brunt of the boos on this one. Of course not much went right...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.