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Count Alex's Losses
12-02-2005, 09:37 PM
Yes, it's that time again, folks. Part 13 of our ongoing 2005 series here at Chiefsplanet...

THIS WEEK IN CHIEFS HISTORY

December 5, 1999 (http://slam.canoe.ca/FootballNFL99Games/dec5_den_kc.html)

KANSAS CITY 16, DENVER 10


Vanover scores winning TD for Chiefs

DENVER (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs softened up Denver with their running game, then broke the Broncos with their big-play return specialist.

Tamarick Vanover returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown with 4:53 left, lifting the Chiefs to a 16-10 victory Sunday.

The Chiefs (7-5), who drew within one game of AFC West-leading Seattle after the Seahawks bowed 30-21 to Oakland, prevailed in a game of field position that featured punters Daniel Pope and Tom Rouen.

But it was Vanover who made it academic. With the score tied 10-10, he camped under a punt by Rouen, darted left and tightroped down the sideline, eluding four would-be tacklers for his third career punt return for a score and first since 1997.

The Chiefs missed the extra point when Pope, the holder, couldn't handle the snap and threw an errant pass, but Denver (4-8) failed to move past its own 46 on two subsequent possessions.

Vanover, criticized because of a recent lack of productivity, declined to speak with the media after the game, but his teammates spoke for him.

"People were down on him and thought his skills were diminished," Chiefs receiver Joe Horn said. "The monkey has been on his back. He's my best friend, and I told him at the beginning of the game, 'Man, you're going to win this game."'

Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham said he considered removing Vanover from his kick-return duties in the first half, but decided not to make a change during the game.

"That was the old Tamarick Vanover," Cunningham said. "I'm real proud of him. I think he has been pressing, and that has caused him to have problems on the return."

Kansas City, which punished Denver with 188 yards on the ground in a 26-10 win earlier this season, finished with 177 rushing. Tony Richardson had a career-high 80 yards, and Donnell Bennett added 66.

"We're not going to win many games when we don't stop the run better than that," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. "They made some big third-down plays in the running game (converting 5 of 8).

"Vanover's return was a combination of things: a very average punt, three or four missed tackles. He made a great return, and that was the difference in the game."

While the Chiefs converted 9-of-19 third-down opportunities overall, the Broncos were a woeful 2 for 13.

Pope punted nine times for a 49-yard average, twice forcing the Broncos to start drives inside their 5. Rouen punted nine times for a 53-yard average.

Kansas City's Elvis Grbac completed 20 of 34 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown, and Denver's Brian Griese was 20-of-36 for 227 yards.

Although Kansas City dominated in terms of total offense in the first half (210-133), the teams played to a 10-10 tie.

Jason Elam kicked a 39-yard field goal on Denver's first possession, which included Griese's passes of 20 and 22 yards to Ed McCaffrey.

The Broncos subsequently had four straight series without a first down and with only 1 net yard of production, but the Chiefs didn't take full advantage.

Grbac completed four straight passes, and Bennett added a 19-yard run as the Chiefs reached the Denver 26 late in the first quarter. But Grbac was flagged for intentional grounding and then was sacked by Neil Smith, taking the Chiefs out of field-goal range.

After Pope's punt pinned Denver at its 3-yard line, the Chiefs held and took possession after a punt at the Denver 43. Richardson had a 15-yard run to help set up Grbac's 10-yard TD pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez with 10:15 left in the half.

Chris Watson's 21-yard punt return, coupled with a late-hit penalty on Lonnie Johnson, gave Denver the ball past midfield. Griese passed 24 yards to McCaffrey, and Olandis Gary ran 3 yards for a 10-7 lead.

Richardson's 26-yard run and Derrick Alexander's 16-yard reception -- both on third down -- set the stage for Pete Stoyanovich's 43-yard field goal with 36 seconds remaining.

Denver mounted a last-second threat. But the Broncos had exhausted their timeouts, and Rod Smith was unable to get out of bounds after a 34-yard reception to the Kansas City 19 as time expired.

Neither team scored in the third quarter as both Grbac and Griese threw end-zone interceptions.

Notes: The Chiefs raised their record in the '90s to 100-65, joining Buffalo and San Francisco as the only teams this decade with 100 wins. ... The Kansas City defense has at least one interception in 11 straight games, its longest streak since 1980. ... Kansas City lost center Tim Grunhard to a bruised right hip in the third quarter. Cornerback Cris Dishman suffered what was described as mild head trauma, and Horn hurt his left knee, both in the second quarter. But both returned. ... The loss snapped the Broncos' 13-game winning streak against AFC West opponents at Mile High Stadium. ... Despite a snowstorm late last week, the stands were cleared of snow, averting a repeat of the snowball-throwing incident that involved fans and Oakland players on Nov. 22.



NFL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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KANSAS CITY 0 10 0 6 16
DENVER 3 7 0 0 10 FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, JASON ELAM 39 YD, 6:32. Drive: 6 plays, 60
yards in 3:33. Key plays: Griese 20-yard pass
to McCaffery to Denver 45; Griese 22-yard to
McCaffery to Kansas City 28. DENVER 3-0
2ND QUARTER: KAN - TD, TONY GONZALEZ 10 YD PASS FROM ELVIS GRBAC (PETE
STOYANOVICH KICK), 4:45. Drive: 7 plays, 43
yards in 3:05. Key plays: Vanover 12-yard punt
return plus 15-yard unnecessary roughness
Broncos' Smith to Denver 43; Richardson 15-yard
run to Denver 24; Grbac 7-yard pass to Lockett
on 3rd-and-6 to Denver 13. KANSAS CITY 7-3
DEN - TD, OLANDIS GARY 3 YD RUN (JASON ELAM KICK), 12:49.
Drive: 5 plays, 41 yards in 2:10. Key plays:
Watson 22-yard punt return plus 15-yard
unnecessary roughness on Chiefs' Johnson to
Kansas City 41; Gary 10-yard run to Kansas City
31; Griese 24-yard pass to McCaffery to Kansas
City 6. DENVER 10-7
KAN - FG, PETE STOYANOVICH 43 YD, 14:24. Drive: 10 plays,
61 yards in 1:35. Key plays: Richardson 26-yard
run on 3rd-and-1 to Kansas City 48; Grbac
16-yard pass to Alexander on 3rd-and-3 to
Denver 29. KANSAS CITY 10, DENVER 10
3RD QUARTER: NONE
4TH QUARTER: KAN - TD, TAMARICK VANOVER 80 YD PUNT RETURN (TWO-POINT
CONVERSION FAILED), 10:07. KANSAS CITY 16-10



TEAM STATISTICS

KAN DEN
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FIRST DOWNS 17 14
Rushing 8 5
Passing 9 8
Penalty 0 1
3RD-DOWN EFFICIENCY 9-19 2-13
4TH-DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-0 0-1
TOTAL NET YARDS 352 291
Total plays 73 56
Average gain 4.8 5.2
NET YARDS RUSHING 177 83
Rushes 38 18
Average per rush 4.7 4.6
NET YARDS PASSING 175 208
Completed-attempted 20-34 20-36
Yards per pass 5.0 5.5
Sacked-yards lost 1-8 2-19
Had intercepted 1 1
PUNTS-AVERAGE 9-49.3 9-53.2
RETURN YARDAGE 200 121
Punts-returns 7-131 4-39
Kickoffs-returns 3-55 4-82
Interceptions-returns 1-14 1-0
PENALTIES-YARDS 11-106 7-52
FUMBLES-LOST 2-0 0-0
TIME OF POSSESSION 33:37 26:23


PLAYER STATISTICS

Missed field goals: None.

Kansas City rushing: Tony Richardson 12-80, Donnell Bennett 13-66,
Bam Morris 6-14, Mike Cloud 4-13, Joe Horn 1-6, Elvis Grbac 2-minus
2.

Denver rushing: Olandis Gary 14-61, Howard Griffith 2-19, Derek
Loville 1-2, Brian Griese 1-1.

Kansas City passing: Elvis Grbac 20-34 for 183 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD.

Denver passing: Brian Griese 20-36 for 227 yards, 1 INT, 0 TD.

Kansas City receiving: Tony Gonzalez 5-35, Andre Rison 3-30, Derrick
Alexander 3-29, Kevin Lockett 3-25, Joe Horn 2-36, Tony Richardson
2-16, Bam Morris 2-12.

Denver receiving: Rod Smith 8-106, Howard Griffith 4-26, Ed Mccaffrey
3-66, Olandis Gary 2-15, Derek Loville 2-9, Dwayne Carswell 1-5.



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Count Alex's Losses
12-02-2005, 09:39 PM
THIS WEEK IN CHIEFS HISTORY...PART TWO!

Beating a dead horse: KC runs rampant as Richardson's career day leads Chiefs

RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star

Fullback Tony Richardson anchored the Chiefs' relay team on Sunday.

The Chiefs ran Bam Morris and Donnell Bennett and Mike Cloud, and even tried wide receiver Joe Horn on a flanker reverse against the Denver Broncos. But it was Richardson, known more for his blocking and receiving skills, who did the most damage in Kansas City's 16-10 victory at Mile High Stadium.

Until Sunday afternoon, Richardson had never carried more than six times in a game, never gained more than 19 yards in a game, and never had a run longer than 12 yards.

But Richardson beat that at halftime. And he finished with 12 carries for 80 yards, including bursts of 15 and 26 yards against a Denver rushing defense that ranked eighth in the NFL.

It was the day Richardson has been waiting for since joining the Chiefs from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad in 1995.

"I've been around here for five years, and I've learned from some good backs ... Marcus Allen and Kimble Anders,'' Richardson said. ``When those guys were out there running the football, I just sat back and took notes.

"If you can't learn from those guys, you just can't learn. So I wanted to be ready when the opportunity came.''

Richardson's signature play came on third and 1 when he broke free for 26 yards, a key play in the Chiefs' second-quarter field-goal drive.

"They always slip an eighth guy up,'' guard Dave Szott said of the Denver defensive front, ``and Tony had a great game. We were moving people around, but they were stunting and blitzing a lot, and a lot of times you catch them and burn them big. That's what happened early.''

In all, the committee of Morris, Bennett, Richardson, Cloud and Horn ran through the Broncos for 177 yards, their best performance since the second game, when they rushed for a season-best 188 yards against Denver.

Anders accounted for 142 of those yards in the 26-10 victory over Denver back in September before suffering a season-ending Achilles' tendon injury.

But the Chiefs followed the same script without Anders.

"I think Kimble carried in our hearts today,'' Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham said.

"Bam stepped up and played as hard as he could. He was as ready as he's ever been this year. Donnell Bennett - I just told him to run a little lower, because if they don't tackle him around the ankles, somebody is going to get killed downfield.''

Morris gained just 14 yards in his six carries, but he set the tone.

"Jimmy Raye told us to be physical,'' Morris said of the Chiefs' offensive coordinator.

"I came out and started it off. With the big backs that we have - me, Donnell and T. Rich - and Mike Cloud is a speedster, but he can be physical, too.''

Bennett, the Chiefs' leading rusher, pounded for 66 yards in 13 carries, mostly from the single-back set. He converted several third downs, and not just third and short. In the third quarter, he swept left for 9 yards on a third and 4 from the Denver 31, but on the next play, quarterback Elvis Grbac was intercepted.

Watching Richardson enjoy a career day motivated Bennett.

"It's a competition amongst ourselves,'' Bennett said.

"We watch the film and critique one another, and we compete in practice, and then we can compete in the game.


"We want to all outdo each for the best of the team.''

With the Chiefs nursing a fragile 16-10 lead with 2 minutes, 12 seconds remaining, Richardson assumed Bennett's usual role of salting the game away. He gained 7 yards on first down and picked up the final first down with another 7-yard blast.

"When we went over to the sideline at the 2-minute warning,'' Grbac said, ``I said, 'Let's give the ball to Tony Richardson. Let him move that pile. ' ''

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Count Alex's Losses
12-02-2005, 09:39 PM
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Phew...that's it for THIS WEEK IN CHIEFS HISTORY!

Brock
12-02-2005, 09:39 PM
Olandis Gary. Whatever happened to that guy?

JimNasium
12-02-2005, 09:42 PM
Olandis Gary. Whatever happened to that guy?
Didn't he end up with the Bills or someone? He was another one of those system backs.

JimNasium
12-02-2005, 09:44 PM
Didn't he end up with the Bills or someone? He was another one of those system backs.
My bad. He ended up in Detroit. (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/133291)

Count Alex's Losses
12-02-2005, 09:48 PM
I ended up shelling out for the second article at the KC Star website. It was only $2.95 so think nothing of it.

However...if we could get 10 people to shell out 30 cents each every week, we could have real KC Star articles every week, and I could probably expand what years TWICH covers, instead of just the late 90s to the present day.

Count Alex's Losses
12-02-2005, 09:53 PM
Mike Cloud is a speedster

Uh, what? ROFL

Count Alex's Losses
12-03-2005, 12:30 AM
bump

easymobee
12-03-2005, 12:58 AM
I can't believe CP got rid of Joe Horn.

greg63
12-03-2005, 01:18 AM
DT's final game against the donks.

Count Alex's Losses
12-03-2005, 01:28 AM
DT's final game against the donks.

Yup.

KChiefsQT
12-03-2005, 01:32 AM
Put this in Chiefs History... Phob's leaving us. :(

greg63
12-03-2005, 02:08 AM
Nice picks gochiefs, as usual! :thumb:

Count Alex's Losses
12-03-2005, 04:41 PM
un mas

Sure-Oz
12-03-2005, 05:15 PM
wish we still had joe horn,