1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2007
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The way Minnesota kept stuffing Larry Johnson, it seemed as though spies had sold copies of Kansas City's game plan to the Vikings.So just in time, the Chiefs abandoned their running game, took to the air, and barely avoided their second 0-3 start in 27 years.
Sometimes you have to just catch the ball, even when covered. It can be the difference between winning and losing. The Kansas City Chiefs managed to do just that, especially in crunch time, while the Minnesota Vikings couldn't find anyone to come through.
With 9:23 left in the fourth quarter and his team behind by four points, Damon Huard threw a touch pass to WR Dwayne Bowe in the end zone. Bowe, who was covered by a smaller defensive back, went up high to make the catch over the top for the go-ahead score. When quarterbacks know that they have a smaller corner covering one of their tall WRs, they can gamble and throw a soft ball up high and let the height of their WR make the difference. And knowing their receiver will make a play makes all the difference.
The Vikings have lost their last five games on natural grass. ... The Chiefs are 3-1 all time against Minnesota at home. Since 1990, the Chiefs are an NFL-best 103-34 at home. ... Holcomb is 8-15 as a starter. ... In his first game since a two-game suspension, Chiefs DE Jared Allen had a big day with eight tackles, two sacks, two passes deflected, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. It was his seventh career multi-sack game.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.0||4.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:02||Adrian Peterson 11 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)||7||0|
|FG||09:18||Ryan Longwell 22 Yd||10||0|
|FG||03:32||Dave Rayner 39 Yd||10||3|
|FG||02:58||Dave Rayner 49 Yd||10||6|
|TD||09:23||Dwayne Bowe 16 Yd Pass From Damon Huard (Dave Rayner Kick)||10||13|