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Count Zarth
09-15-2007, 10:04 PM
I just figured out why we lost last week...I didn't post the season premiere issue of...


THIS WEEK IN CHIEFS HISTORY

September 10, 2000

TENNESSEE 17, KANSAS CITY 14

Titans down Chiefs in overtime

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Adelphia Coliseum doesn't quite roll off the tongue when talking of great NFL homes such as Lambeau Field, Mile High Stadium and even Arrowhead Stadium. Just give the Tennessee Titans some more time.

Al Del Greco kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime as the Titans rallied for a 17-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in their home opener Sunday.

The victory kept the AFC champions (1-1) from going into the bye week without a victory. It also kept them undefeated in their new home, tying the NFL record of nine consecutive victories in a new stadium set by the Dallas Cowboys in 1971-72.

"We take a lot of pride in playing here at this coliseum and to win like this will probably add that much more hype to the mystique of this coliseum," Titans safety Marcus Robertson said.

"It's a fun place to play. I love the crowd here, and we don't lose here. That's the bottom line. We don't lose here."

They should have.

The Chiefs (0-2) failed to score a touchdown in the first quarter despite five plays inside the Titans 10. They watched Pete Stoyanovich miss a field goal miss. And they had a chance to win with the game tied 14-14 late in regulation. But they couldn't move forward enough.

A pass interference call against Denard Walker, who missed the season opener under a one-game suspension by the NFL, moved the Chiefs to the Titans 43. Elvis Grbac then found Tony Gonzalez with a 9-yarder to the 34, seemingly setting up Stoyanovich to win it.

He never got the chance. Chiefs receiver Derrick Alexander was penalized for pass interference and Grbac picked up a penalty for intentional grounding, pushing the Chiefs to their own 45. They wound up punting and heading into overtime.

"We had a great opportunity," Grbac said. "We let it slip right through our hands."

Once in overtime, it was all Titans, who won the coin toss and needed just five plays to move 48 yards for Del Greco's winning field goal with 12:02 remaining.

"I overheard a number of our players saying it shouldn't be that hard," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said. "The fact of the matter is that it is that hard to win in the NFL."

Tennessee got into overtime thanks to some late help from Neil O'Donnell. The backup quarterback came in with 6:25 left after Steve McNair was carted off with a bruised chest. McNair was taken to Baptist Hospital for tests.

O'Donnell's was sacked with 3:11 to go, ending a drive. He didn't waste his next opportunity, moving the Titans 56 yards in eight plays, capped by an 8-yard toss to Yancey Thigpen with 50 seconds remaining for a 14-14 tie.

"We said all along we are very fortunate to have two great quarterbacks," tight end Frank Wycheck said. "You can't win in this league nowadays without two solid starters. Neil drove us up and down the field."

The Chiefs controlled most of the game with a relentless pass rush that came up with four sacks. The hit that knocked out McNair came from end Duane Clemons. McNair walked to the sideline, but laid down on the ground and was carted to the locker room several minutes later for X-rays.

"Steve's a tough guy, and he'll bounce back from it," O'Donnell said. "I've been trying to teach him for two years how to slide."

McNair helped Kansas City score both its touchdowns, but Fisher said receivers ra the wrong routes. Donnie Edwards stepped in front of a pass for Carl Pickens and returned it 42 yards untouched and tied the game 7-7 seconds before halftime.

James Hasty intercepted in the third quarter and returned it 38 yards. That set up the Chiefs' only TD drive as Grbac hit Alexander on a 16-yard TD for a 14-7 lead.

O'Donnell was 11-of-17 for 132 yards, and Eddie George, held in check much of the game, finished with 21 carries for 80 yards.

Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham was still answering reports his wife had to talk him out of quitting following last week's loss.

"Someone tried to blow things out of proportion, and that sickens me to my stomach when they don't know what a coach tries to do to motivate his team. And obviously the team's motivated," he said.

Notes: The Titans' 9-0 start at Adelphia tied two other teams for most victories at a new stadium. The Akron Indians (League Park in 1920) and the Buffalo Bisons (Canisius Field, also 1920) also did it. ... The victory tied the franchise's record of nine straight at home (Houston Oilers in 1990-1991). ... Wycheck threw a 30-yard TD to Kevin Dyson in the second quarter, now has two TDs passing in his career. ... Hasty moved into sixth on the career interception list with 42.



NFL FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL
--- --- --- --- --- -----
KANSAS CITY 0 7 0 7 0 14
TENNESSEE 0 7 0 7 3 17 FINAL IN OT

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST QUARTER: NONE
2ND QUARTER: TEN - TD, KEVIN DYSON 30 YD PASS FROM FRANK WYCHECK (AL
DEL GRECO KICK), 13:18. Drive: 11 plays, 91
yards in 6:02. Key plays: McNair 8-yard pass to
Dyson on 3rd-and-4 to Tennessee 23; McNair
13-yard pass to Pickens on 3rd-and-1 to
Tennessee 45; McNair 15-yard pass to Dyson to
midfield; McNair 5-yard pass to Kinney on
3rd-and-5 to Kansas City 45. TENNESSEE 7-0
KAN - TD, DONNIE EDWARDS 42 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (PETE
STOYANOVICH KICK), 14:48. KANSAS CITY 7,
TENNESSEE 7
3RD QUARTER: NONE
4TH QUARTER: KAN - TD, DERRICK ALEXANDER 16 YD PASS FROM ELVIS GRBAC
(PETE STOYANOVICH KICK), 0:05. Drive: 6 plays,
31 yards in 2:58. Key plays: Hasty 38-yard
interception return to Tennessee 31; 8-yard
pass interference penalty on Titans' Walker on
3rd-and- 17 gives first down at Tennessee 30.
KANSAS CITY 14-7
TEN - TD, YANCEY THIGPEN 8 YD PASS FROM NEIL ODONNELL (AL
DEL GRECO KICK), 14:10. Drive: 8 plays, 56
yards in 1:53. Key plays: O'Donnell 9-yard pass
to Wycheck on 3rd-and-7 to Kansas City 44;
O'Donnell 20-yard pass to Pickens to Kansas
City 24. KANSAS CITY 14, TENNESSEE 14
OT: TEN - FG, AL DEL GRECO 36 YD, 2:58. Drive: 5 plays, 48
yards in 2:58. Key plays: O'Donnell 27-yard
pass to Dyson on 3rd-and-8 to Kansas City 37;
George 29-yard run to Kansas City 18. TENNESSEE
17-14



TEAM STATISTICS

KAN TEN
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FIRST DOWNS 14 23
Rushing 3 7
Passing 8 15
Penalty 3 1
3RD-DOWN EFFICIENCY 6-15 9-16
4TH-DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-1 0-1
TOTAL NET YARDS 189 353
Total plays 57 69
Average gain 3.3 5.1
NET YARDS RUSHING 62 121
Rushes 33 29
Average per rush 1.9 4.2
NET YARDS PASSING 127 232
Completed-attempted 13-21 23-36
Yards per pass 5.3 5.8
Sacked-yards lost 3-17 4-23
Had intercepted 0 2
PUNTS-AVERAGE 7-39.1 4-39.8
RETURN YARDAGE 143 129
Punts-returns 0-0 3-37
Kickoffs-returns 3-63 3-92
Interceptions-returns 2-80 0-0
PENALTIES-YARDS 10-72 7-70
FUMBLES-LOST 2-0 1-1
TIME OF POSSESSION 29:53 33:05


PLAYER STATISTICS

Missed field goals: None.

Kansas City rushing: Tony Richardson 14-28, Elvis Grbac 3-19, Mike
Cloud 7-10, Frank Moreau 7-4, Kimble Anders 2-1.

Tennessee rushing: Eddie George 21-80, Steve Mcnair 7-42, Neil
Odonnell 1-minus 1.

Kansas City passing: Elvis Grbac 13-21 for 144 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD.

Tennessee passing: Steve Mcnair 11-18 for 93 yards, 2 INT, 0 TD, Neil
Odonnell 11-17 for 132 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD, Frank Wycheck 1-1 for 30
yards, 0 INT, 1 TD.

Kansas City receiving: Derrick Alexander 5-54, Sylvestor Morris 3-44,
Kevin Lockett 2-28, Tony Gonzalez 2-16, Tony Richardson 1-2.

Tennessee receiving: Kevin Dyson 6-104, Frank Wycheck 6-50, Carl
Pickens 3-43, Yancey Thigpen 3-24, Eddie George 3-17, Erron Kinney
2-17.

Kansas City tackles-assists-sacks (unofficial): Marvcus Patton 8-2-0,
Duane Clemons 7-0-2, Jerome Woods 6-1-0, Greg Wesley 2-5-0, Dan
Williams 5-1-1, Eric Hicks 4-1-1, John Browning 3-1-0, Donnie Edwards
2-2-0, Lewis Bush 2-0-0, Eric Warfield 2-0-0, William Bartee 1-1-0,
James Hasty 1-1-0, Chester Mcglockton 1-1-0, Ron George 0-2-0, Pat
Dennis 1-0-0.

Tennessee tackles-assists-sacks (unofficial): Blaine Bishop 4-3-0,
Denard Walker 5-1-0, Jason Fisk 4-2-0, Randall Godfrey 3-3-0, John
Thornton 4-1-1, Greg Favors 3-2-0, Samari Rolle 4-0-0, Kenny Holmes
3-1-1, Marcus Robertson 3-1-0, Henry Ford 3-0-0, Jevon Kearse 2-0-1,
Perry Phenix 2-0-0, Eddie Robinson 1-1-0, Joe Salavea 1-0-0, Robaire
Smith 1-0-0.

Interceptions: Kansas City (Donnie Edwards 1 for 42 yards, James
Hasty 1 for 38 yards).

Fumbles lost: Tennessee (Steve Mcnair).

Opponent's fumbles recovered: Kansas City (Dan Williams).

Officials: Referee-Mike Carey, Umpire-Garth Defelice, Head
linesman-Dale Williams, Line judge-Dave Anderson, Field judge-David
Warden, Side judge-Doug Toole, Back judge-Keith Ferguson.

A: 68,203; T: 0:00.

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ZootedGranny
09-15-2007, 10:06 PM
The only thing I remembered from this game was Duane Clemons burying McNair and knocking him out of the game.

Count Zarth
09-15-2007, 10:07 PM
189 total yards. Damn.

Count Zarth
09-15-2007, 10:09 PM
Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham was still answering reports his wife had to talk him out of quitting following last week's loss.

Forgot how much a headcase Gunther was...

Count Zarth
09-16-2007, 12:15 AM
Bump.

Direckshun
09-16-2007, 12:17 AM
Thanks for the positive mojo, asshole.

Jayhawkerman2001
09-16-2007, 12:23 AM
ok gochiefs, that avatar or whathaveyou is brilliant!!!!!

Redcoats58
09-16-2007, 01:59 AM
The only thing I remembered from this game was Duane Clemons burying McNair and knocking him out of the game.
Was this the game he planted his helmet square on McNairs chest, looked like he could have put a hole through it?

ZootedGranny
09-16-2007, 02:57 AM
Yep. If I remember correctly, he scrambled right, cut to his left and didn't see Clemons until it was too late.