Little offense, but much to like in KC victory


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Jan 22, 2006
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Little offense, but much to like in KC victory

By Tully Corcoran
The Capital-Journal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- They had you covered if you came to see the cheerleaders. The squad was in uniform and gyrating as usual.

If you dig the Rolling Stones and have no access to the Internet or any music-playing device, Arrowhead Stadium was a good place to hear a few bars of "Start Me Up."

If you came to see Reggie Bush, you did, although you (and Bush) probably left a little disappointed.

If you came expecting to learn anything about the Kansas City Chiefs' prospects for 2006, you left as ignorant as you entered.

The Chiefs 10-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday featured no Larry Johnson, no Trent Green, no Tony Gonzalez and bunch of guys trying to make the roster.

"It was a good game for the young players," Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said.

"They got to play a lot. We didn't do a lot of things correctly in the second half, but I thought our young players kept battling and did a good job of keeping them out of the end zone."
Even without Kansas City's big three, the Chiefs had little difficulty moving the ball, though generating points was problematic.

The Chiefs drove quickly into New Orleans territory with four Michael Bennett runs for 27 yards and a nine-yard Damon Huard pass to Jeris McIntyre.

But the offense stalled when Huard appeared to complete a 15-yard pass to Dante Hall and replays showed the pass hit the Arrowhead turf. The play, ruled complete on the field, was overturned.

Charles Grant then sacked Huard on third down for a five-yard loss that took the Chiefs out of field goal range.

The Saints, who played their big timers in quarterback Drew Brees, and running backs Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush, failed to score against Kansas City's first-team defense, though they came close on a drive that ended with a missed field goal by John Carney.

The Chiefs then made a field goal of their own, taking possession at their own 22 and driving 69 yards in 10 plays to set up a 27-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes for a 3-0 halftime lead.

The highlight of the drive, maybe the game, was a 33-yard, one-handed reception by sixth-round draft pick Jeff Webb that bailed the Chiefs out of a third-and-five with 9:45 left in the second quarter. Webb, who had two receptions for 11 yards entering the game, snagged three passes for 60 yards Thursday, solidifying a spot on the 53-man roster.

"Jeff Webb's gonna make our football team," Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson said. "He was pretty much in there for the last couple weeks."
Brodie Croyle, who had a sloppy 1-for-9 performance in his debut against the St. Louis Rams, took over for Huard with 3:55 left in the second quarter. He finished 5-for-9 for 55 yards and a tipped interception.

New Orleans outgained Kansas City 306-250, led by Brees' 8-for-12, 78-yard performance. Bush and McAllister combined for 26 yards on eight carries. The Chiefs' defense was sturdy on first and second down, but drew coach Herman Edwards' ire for allowing the Saints to convert on four-of-seven third downs.

"When it's third-and-15 you've got to get off the field," Edwards said. "But I thought we started out pretty good and our defense got after them a little bit. We tackled pretty well and our first group went out there and did a pretty good job."

McKennzi Smith capped a 10-play, 55-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Chiefs a 10-3 lead. The Saints had a chance to send the game into overtime on their touchdown with 2:04 left and instead went for a 2-point conversion that failed, leaving the Chiefs with 10-9 win.
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