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11-04-2005, 06:30 PM
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Yes, it's that time again, folks. Part 9 of our ongoing 2005 series here at Chiefsplanet...

THIS WEEK IN CHIEFS HISTORY

November 4, 1997 (http://slam.canoe.ca/97NFLWeek10/nov3_kc_pit.html)

KANSAS CITY 13, PITTSBURGH 10

Allen throws Chiefs a win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It was the kind of game Marty Schottenheimer's teams have won for a dozen seasons in Cleveland and Kansas City -- hard-hitting, defensively tough, just a little boring.

And usually a win.

That's the way it went Mondaynight as the Chiefs beat Pittsburgh 13-10 to stay within a game of Denver in the AFC West. But they added a twist -- their only touchdown came on a gadget play, a 14-yard option pass from Marcus Allen to Danan Hughes.

"The only thing we wanted we got, and that is 7-2," said Schottenheimer.

"I said before this game that you could throw all the Xs and Os out the window," said Allen, whose 117 rushing touchdowns are the most in NFL history. "This was really a battle of the heart, a test of wills. Both teams played very physical ball, an excellent game."

The defense was the most physical, holding the Steelers to just 101 yards after they jumped off to a 10-0 first-quarter lead. Jerome Bettis finished with 103 yards to go over 1,000 yards for the season, but he had 68 of them in that first quarter.

"After we got the 10 points, it seemed like there was a big 'yield' sign up," said Pittsburgh quarterback Kordell Stewart, who was just 11 of 21 for 101 yards and threw an interception that led to Kansas City's only touchdown.

That came in the second quarter, when the Chiefs got all their points on Allen's TD pass and field goals of 35 and 44 yards by Pete Stoyanovich.

"I think it was an excellent call at the right time," Allen said of his touchdown toss. "We saw how active their secondary was and how fast they were coming up."

Then the Chiefs, who outgained Pittsburgh 392-235 and kept the ball for more than 36 minutes, spent the second half moving up and down the field but making critical mistakes.

Allen fumbled backward after appearing to make a first down on a fourth down at the Pittsburgh 4 early in the fourth quarter, and Kimble Anders fumbled away the ball as the Chiefs were driving later in the period.

But each time the defense led by Derrick Thomas, Anthony Davis, James Hasty and Jerome Woods shut down the Steelers and Stewart, who has had explosive second halves.

"We put ourselves in situations of third down and six or less on numerous occasions," said coach Bill Cowher of Pittsburgh (6-3), which dropped into a tie for first with Jacksonville in the AFC Centrl.
"They got in our face and we couldn't covert the third downs, and that turned out to be the difference in the game."

Said Schottenheimer: "You have to like a defensive football team that can shut down a team like that for three quarters. We played very, very good defense tonight."

Also good offense, including 183 yards on the ground led by Allen's 49 yards on 10 carries -- the most carries by any of the seven players who carried the ball.

The game was delayed for more than 10 minutes in the third quarter after Kansas City tight end Ted Popson was injured when he was hit under the jaw by the Steelers' Donnell Woolford. The preliminary diagnosis was mild head trauma and soreness in the neck.

Elvis Grbac, the Chiefs' starting quarterback, went off in the fourth quarter with a bruise to his left shoulder. He finished 16-of-29 for 172 yards. His backup, Rich Gannon, helped the Chiefs control the ball and run out the clock in the final minutes.

The Steelers got off to an uncharacteristically fast start.
The TD came first, seven minutes into the game on a 44-yard pass from Stewart to Courtney Hawkins. Then Norm Johnson hit a 27-yard field goal set up largely by a 30-yard run by Bettis after Woolford's interception of a Grbac pass.

But the second quarter belonged to Kansas City.

After Stoyanovich's two field goals, Woods picked off a Stewart pass and returned it 17 yards to the Pittsburgh 45.

Four plays and 55 seconds later from the 14, Grbac handed off to Allen, who floated a perfect spiral to Hughes, four yards behind the Pittsburgh secondary. It was the fifth TD pass of Allen's 16-year career and his first since 1991.

"We were just a little too aggressive," Woolford said. "They fooled us on that one. We knew they were going to try a trick play, we just didn't know when. We were trying to make the play, but we were on the wrong page."

The Chiefs were on the right page.

Boring, perhaps. But on the right page.




NFL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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PITTSBURGH 10 0 0 0 10
KANSAS CITY 0 13 0 0 13 FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST QUARTER: PIT - TD, COURTNEY HAWKINS 44 YD PASS FROM KORDELL
STEWART (NORM JOHNSON KICK), 6:55. Drive: 7
plays, 79 yards in 3:43. Key plays: Stewart
11-yard run on 3rd-and-10 to Pittsburgh 32;
Bettis 30-yard run to Kansas City 34.
PITTSBURGH 7-0
PIT - FG, NORM JOHNSON 27 YD, 14:28. Drive: 8 plays, 38
yards in 3:25. Key plays: Woolford 32-yard
interception return to Kansas City 47; Stewart
11-yard pass to Thigpen to Kansas City 36;
Bettis 12-yard run to Kansas City 24.
PITTSBURGH 10-0
2ND QUARTER: KAN - FG, PETE STOYANOVICH 35 YD, 5:47. Drive: 12 plays,
60 yards in 6:19. Key plays: Allen 30-yard run
to Pittsburgh 26; Allen 2-yard run to
Pittsburgh 16 on 3rd-and-2. PITTSBURGH 10-3
KAN - FG, PETE STOYANOVICH 44 YD, 12:06. Drive: 11 plays,
38 yards in 4:23. Key plays: Grbac 4-yard pass
to Popson on 3rd-and-2 to Pittsburgh 42; Grbac
12-yard pass to Dawson on 3rd-and-7 to
Pittsburgh 27. PITTSBURGH 10-6
KAN - TD, DANAN HUGHES 14 YD PASS FROM MARCUS ALLEN (PETE
STOYANOVICH KICK), 13:20. Drive: 5 plays, 45
yards in 0:55. Key plays: Grbac 6-yard pass to
Gonzalez on 3rd-and-3 to Pittsburgh 32; Grbac
18-yard run to Pittsburgh 14. KANSAS CITY 13-10
3RD QUARTER: NONE
4TH QUARTER: NONE



TEAM STATISTICS

PIT KAN
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FIRST DOWNS 12 24
Rushing 7 11
Passing 4 12
Penalty 1 1
3RD-DOWN EFFICIENCY 2-10 10-18
4TH-DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-0 0-1
TOTAL NET YARDS 235 392
Total plays 45 77
Average gain 5.2 5.1
NET YARDS RUSHING 142 183
Rushes 23 42
Average per rush 6.2 4.4
NET YARDS PASSING 93 209
Completed-attempted 11-21 22-35
Yards per pass 4.2 6.0
Sacked-yards lost 1-8 0-0
Had intercepted 1 1
PUNTS-AVERAGE 7-44.3 3-37.7
RETURN YARDAGE 119 93
Punts-returns 1-3 3-23
Kickoffs-returns 4-83 3-53
Interceptions-returns 1-33 1-17
PENALTIES-YARDS 4-40 4-36
FUMBLES-LOST 1-0 2-1
TIME OF POSSESSION 23:28 36:32


PLAYER STATISTICS

Missed field goals: None.

Pittsburgh rushing: Jerome Bettis 17-103, Kordell Stewart 3-24,
George Jones 2-14, Fred Mcafee 1-1.

Kansas City rushing: Marcus Allen 10-49, Donnell Bennett 8-38, Elvis
Grbac 4-35, Greg Hill 9-18, Kimble Anders 5-17, Tamarick Vanover
2-16, Rich Gannon 4-10.

Pittsburgh passing: Kordell Stewart 11-21 for 101 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD.

Kansas City passing: Elvis Grbac 16-29 for 172 yards, 1 INT, 0 TD,
Rich Gannon 5-5 for 23 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD, Marcus Allen 1-1 for 14
yards, 0 INT, 1 TD.

Pittsburgh receiving: Courtney Hawkins 5-76, Tim Lester 2-9, Jerome
Bettis 2-7, Yancey Thigpen 1-11, George Jones 1-minus 2.

Kansas City receiving: Kimble Anders 7-40, Tony Gonzalez 4-56, Andre
Rison 4-52, Danan Hughes 2-24, Lake Dawson 2-19, Ted Popson 2-12,
Derrick Walker 1-6.


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That concludes this week's look back in...CHIEFS HISTORY.

Bowser
11-04-2005, 06:41 PM
I remember that game. Outside of Allen's TD pass to Danan Hughes, that was the game that wrecked Grbac's shoulder. I don't think he was the same after that.

Extra Point
11-04-2005, 09:35 PM
If Schottenheimer had played Gannon the rest of the 13-3 season, he wouldn't have a job today. A Super Bowl win would have caused an eventual turnover in staff.

greg63
11-04-2005, 09:39 PM
…Classic pics of Allen and Gonzales.