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Kennison's OT grab keeps K.C. perfect

10/13/2003

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- For once, the Kansas City Chiefs' wild
finish didn't involve Dante Hall.

Question on the Chiefs: Are the Chiefs starting to look like a team of destiny?
Yes they are. I thought the Chiefs would have a more difficult time coming into this game. But the mark of this team is winning no matter what. The first two weeks of the season it was Priest Holmes, then it was Dante Hall and today it was a team effort. First two weeks it was priest, then dante and now a team effort won the game. This team is extremely difficult to stop because there is no one person for an opposing team to key in on.

Question on the Packers: What happened in the fourth quarter?
It looked like the defense started to let down a little bit and allowed the Chiefs find their offensive rhythm. Also despite his great numbers, Brett Favre threw a costly interception that turned the momentum of the game.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Even with their star kick returner being kept out of the end
zone for the first time in a month, the Chiefs overcame a 17-point
fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, then came out on top
after a crazy closing sequence to beat the Packers 40-34 Sunday at
Lambeau Field.

Here were the final three plays of the game, one right after the
other:

-- Cletidus Hunt blocked Morten Andersen's 48-yard field goal
attempt with 9:09 left in OT to give the Packers (3-3) possession
at their 39 and the wind at their back.

-- On first down, Packers running back Ahman Green -- who ran 26
times for 139 yards -- fumbled the ball, and Kansas City recovered.

-- Chiefs quarterback Trent Green threw a 51-yard touchdown pass
to Eddie Kennison with 8:42 left in the extra period.

Simple as that, Kansas City improved to 6-0.

"First off, it doesn't tell me anything I didn't already know.
There's a special profile about this team," Chiefs coach Dick
Vermeil said. "At no time on our sideline did anyone think we'd
lost this football game."

Free safety Jerome Woods, who had a 79-yard touchdown
interception return in the fourth quarter, knocked the ball loose
from Ahman Green. It bounced right into the hands of linebacker
Mike Maslowski.

"It stuck in my arms," Maslowski said.

Then, with the Packers expecting run, Kennison juked Bhawoh Jue
along the right sideline and caught Trent Green's pass for the
winning score. Jue was in the lineup because starter Mike McKenzie
sat out the second half with back spasms.

"It's a tough one to swallow," Green Bay quarterback Brett
Favre said. "I'm sure Ahman's going to beat himself up over the
fumble."

And Packers safety Darren Sharper was regretting the potential
interception he dropped just before Andersen's miss that easily
would have been a game-winning touchdown the other way.

Green Bay had won 56 straight games at home after building a
double-digit lead but they blew two of them Sunday: 14-0 in the
first quarter and 31-14 in the fourth.

Hall came into the game with kick return scores in an NFL-record
four straight games, including game-winners against Baltimore and
Denver the previous two weeks.

He nearly made it five, but he was tripped up by punter Josh
Bidwell in the second quarter.

"I should have been in the end zone," Hall said. "He had a
four-leaf clover in his pocket. And then a little monster came up
from the field and tripped me. No, he made a great play. He's a
little faster than I thought."

Hall did provide the Chiefs with a spark with 14{ minutes
remaining by returning a punt 32 yards to the Green Bay 42 -- even
though the Packers had 12 men on the field.

Priest Holmes, stifled much of the afternoon, scored from a yard
out about two minutes later to make it 31-21.

The Packers were driving when Favre's pass went off Donald
Driver's right hand. Woods intercepted it at his knees and returned
it for a touchdown with 8:46 left to make it 31-28.

Andersen's 34-yard field goal tied it at 31 with 5:41 left, and
he added a 31-yarder with 1 second remaining to send the game to OT
after Ryan Longwell's 41-yarder restored Green Bay's lead at 34-31.

"We just never quit," Hall said. "We're going to fight until
the clock reads 0:00."

The Packers, who hadn't surrendered 40 points at home in nearly
20 years, led 21-14 at halftime behind Green's 4-yard TD run and
11-yard TD reception.

Najeh Davenport's 18-yard burst up the middle in the third
quarter and Longwell's 50-yard field goal made for a seemingly safe
31-14 lead.

"A lot of teams would have just accepted the loss," Packers
wideout Antonio Freeman said.

But the Chiefs would score 26 of the game's final 29 points.

"Everything is a blur for me right now," Packers coach Mike
Sherman said. "I never really thought we had the game under
control. They're an explosive unit."

Hall, who had seven TD returns in his last 10 games entering
Sunday, watched helplessly as the Packers' first two kickoffs went
out of bounds. He lost the third one in the sun.

Longwell said the kickoffs out of bounds were accidental.

"He's a great returner," Longwell said. "But we're not that
scared."

Hall's teammate, Vonnie Holliday, had a successful return to his
former home stadium.

"This one might be the sweetest of all," said the Chiefs'
defensive end who played five years in Green Bay. "Those guys
called it luck, but good teams find ways to win."

Game notes
Holmes rushed for 40 yards in regulation and 41 in
overtime. ... The Chiefs are 3-0 at Lambeau Field. ... Ahman
Green's nine touchdowns already match his total from last year. His
teams had been 18-0 when he ran for 100 or more yards.