KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Sometimes only great plays stop great
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Hall's return ended up going 77 yards and set up Morten
Andersen's 29-yard field goal Sunday, paving the way for a 41-20
victory over Cleveland that kept Kansas City (9-0) the NFL's only
"I'm thinking 'Oh, my God.' That's literally what I'm
thinking," said Crocker. "Somehow I managed to get him on the
Said Hall, "You've got to take your hat off to him. He played
The Browns (3-6), weakened all year by injuries, were without
leading running back William Green, who was suspended for one game.
"I don't know when it's going to be, but we're going to win
some games," said Cleveland coach Butch Davis.
As Crocker and Hall picked themselves off the turf, Cleveland
players high-fived and congratulated the rookie safety as though he
had scored the game-winning TD. Hall immediately went over to
console teammate Gary Stills, who failed to block the oncoming
"Dante said it's OK, that we'll get them next time. But it was
bad judgment on my part," said Stills, one of the Chiefs' best
special teams players. "It was a good play. That was really good
Hall, who had touchdown returns in four straight games earlier
in the season, totaled 159 yards of kick returns.
"It doesn't surprise you that Dante Hall does that," said
Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. "I promise you he will do it again."
Green hit 29 of 42 passes for 368 yards and Holmes had 93 yards
rushing and 66 receiving. He has six touchdowns in his last two
games against Cleveland.
In addition, Eddie Kennison caught seven passes for 115 yards
for the Chiefs, who converted 12 of 16 third-down plays, their
highest percentage since the NFL began tracking the stat in 1972.
The Browns were leading 3-0 early and had Green in trouble when
he heaved the ball to guard Brian Waters. Waters was immediately
tackled and the Chiefs drew a 5-yard penalty for illegal touching.
But Browns defensive tackle Gerard Warren drew a 15-yard penalty
when he crashed into Waters as he lay helplessly in the pile.
Suddenly, the Chiefs had momentum and field position. A few
plays later, Holmes scored on a 1-yard run.
On Cleveland's next possession, Ryan Sims recovered James
Jackson's fumble and the Chiefs went 52 yards in seven plays, with
Holmes scoring on a 9-yard run for his 14th TD rushing.
Warren's action was reminiscent of Dwayne Rudd's helmet-throwing
mistake in the opener last season after Green latereled in
desperation to tackle John Tait. Tait ran for 28 yards and Rudd
drew a 15-yard penalty, putting Andersen in position to kick a
game-winning field goal with no time on the clock.
"They've been a little bit undisciplined and last year it kind
of bit them a little bit," said Waters. "Today again, it bit them
a little bit."
Jackson had 66 yards in place of Green. Kevin Johnson, the
Browns' leading receiver, was also benched for much of the game.
After Jackson's 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Tony
Gonzalez made it 21-10 with a 14-yard touchdown catch.
Kelly Holcomb made it 21-17 with a 2-yard TD pass to R.J.
Andersen added a 28-yard field goal for a 27-17 halftime lead.
The lead went to 34-17 when Green hit Johnnie Morton on a 28-yard
TD pass in the third quarter.
Phil Dawson had field goals of 50 and 22 yards for the Browns,
then Green closed out the scoring with a 27-yard pass to Kennison.
Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt was back at Arrowhead Stadium on
Sunday after missing the last two games following prostate surgery.
... Vermeil has won four straight games against the Browns, a
streak that goes back more than three decades to when he coached
the Philadelphia Eagles. Before Sunday, he had also beaten the
Browns with the Rams (1999) and Chiefs (2002). ... The Browns have
lost seven straight road games against AFC West teams. ... Former
Chiefs RB Marcus Allen was awarded his Hall of Fame ring at
halftime. ... Cleveland has scored 20 or fewer points in eight of
its nine games.
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