By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
The Kansas City Chiefs stood toe-to-toe with the Tennessee Titans on the road. Despite the contest taking a turn for the worst as the Titans scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to take a four point lead, including a shovel pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to running back Chris Johnson for a 49-yard touchdown, the Chiefs battled back and took full control in the fourth quarter to seal their fifth consecutive win of the season, 26-17.
The Chiefs (5-0) and Titans (3-2) were not allowing each other an inch without each play being contested. Kansas City got on the scoreboard first when cornerback Marcus Cooper recovered a muff punt for a touchdown when the ball bounced off the leg of Titans’ wide receiver Damian Williams after Titans’ running back/return specialist Darius Reynaud was waving his mates away from the loose pigskin.
The Titans’ turnover was their first of the season.
Tennessee’ defense kept them in the game and after being down 13-0 at the half, they were very much alive.
Fitzpatrick struggled mightily in the first half as he went three-and-out on five consecutive series (first five), but got on track in the second half.
However, the Chiefs’ defense locked down the Titans and quarterback Alex Smith, who completed 20 out of 39 attempts for 245 yards and an interception, led solid drives, including an early fourth quarter series where running back Jamaal Charles capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put Kansas City ahead for good. And their defense sealed the win.
This is the first time Kansas City started a season 5-0 since 2003 when they went 9-0.
Game Notes by courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs
-Kansas City’s 5-0 start marks the first time in NFL history that a team has won its first five games after winning two or fewer contests in the previous season.
-Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid has now recorded at least one victory against every NFL franchise. Prior to today’s contest, Reid had beaten all 31 other teams, but had been held winless in four contests against the Tennessee Titans.
-For the second week in a row, the Chiefs special teams unit recorded a touchdown as CB Marcus Cooper recovered a punt that had been touched by a Tennessee player in the end zone. The Chiefs now have two special teams touchdowns in 2013, marking the first time Kansas City has had multiple special teams touchdowns in one season since the team recorded three special teams touchdowns in 2009.
-It marks the first time that the Chiefs have recorded special teams touchdowns in back-to-back weeks since Kansas City’s special teams unit scored touchdowns in four consecutive games from Sept. 14 through Oct. 5, 2003.
-Kicker Ryan Succop converted all four field goal attempts (29, 24, 33 and 48 yards) and converted both PATs for 14 points in the contest. His 14 points give him 443 career points, passing K Pete Stoyanovich (442) for fifth place in team history for most career points. Succop has now converted 10 of 12 field goals for the season (83.3%) and all 14 PATs for 44 points.
-Running back Jamaal Charles recorded 108 yards on 22 carries (4.9 avg.) in the contest with a one-yard touchdown to give him 4,933 career rushing yards, passing RB Christian Okoye (4,897) for third place on the franchise’s all-time rushing yardage list.
CHIEFS RECORD BOOK
MOST RUSHING YARDS, CAREER
1. 6,070 Priest Holmes 2001-07
2. 6,015 Larry Johnson 2003-09
3. 4,933 Jamaal Charles 2008-13
4. 4,897 Christian Okoye 1987-92
5. 4,451 Ed Podolak 1969-77
-His one-yard rushing touchdown was his third score on the ground and his fifth overall touchdown in 2013. He now has 20 career rushing touchdowns to go with nine career receiving touchdowns.
-His 108 yards on the ground mark his first 100-plus yard rushing performance of 2013. It is his 18th career 100-yard rushing performance.
-Charles recorded 145 yards from scrimmage in today’s contest (108 rushing, 37 receiving), giving him 6,465 scrimmage yards in his career, moving him into eight place in team history for most scrimmage yards. He passed WR Stephone Paige (6,373 yards) for ninth place and WR Carlos Carson (6,431) for eighth place.
-Linebacker Tamba Hali recorded a sack (-6.0 yards) and strip of Tennessee QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Hali has 4.0 sacks (-16.0 yards) and has two forced fumbles in 2013. Hali now has 66.5 sacks (-411.0 yards) and 26 forced fumbles for his career. His 66.5 sacks rank fourth in team history, his -411.0 sack yards rank third in team history, and his 26 forced fumbles ranks third in franchise annals.
-Linebacker Justin Houston recorded a sack (-0.0 yards) of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, giving him 8.5 sacks (-55.0 yards) for the season. He added four solo tackles, including one for loss, and one QB pressure. He now has 24.0 career sacks (-151.5 yards). Entering Week 5 games, Houston was tied for the NFL lead with 7.5 sacks.
-Defensive tackle Dontari Poe recorded seven tackles (six solo) in the game, finishing second on the team in tackles. He also dropped Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a seven-yard sack. Poe now has 4.5 sacks (-30.5 yards) in 2013. His 4.5 sacks rank second on the team.
-Cornerback Marcus Cooper intercepted a QB Ryan Fitzpatrick pass intended for WR Nate Washington in the fourth quarter, marking his first career NFL interception.
-Safety Quintin Demps recorded his second interception in as many weeks as he intercepted a QB Ryan Fitzpatrick pass intended for WR Kendall Wright and returned it 35 yards. He now has two interceptions returned for 52 yards in 2013. He has five career interceptions.
-Wide receiver Donnie Avery led all Chiefs receivers with 91 yards on three receptions (30.3 avg.) while RB Jamaal Charles led all Chiefs pass catchers with five receptions in the game.
-Cornerback Brandon Flowers recorded a team-high eight tackles (six solo) and two passes defensed in the game, including one tipped pass that was eventually intercepted by S Quintin Demps.
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