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By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two wins in one week have the Kansas City Chiefs off to a shocking start.

Brandon Flowers returned an interception for a touchdown, Ryan Soccup kicked three field goals and Kansas City converted a late fourth-down gamble by coach Todd Haley for a 16-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

The Chiefs, who also knocked off AFC West champion San Diego on Monday night, are 2-0 for the first time since 2005.

Kansas City learned its lessons from a 41-34 loss to Cleveland last season, when Browns running back Jerome Harrison ran wild for 286 yards - third most in NFL history - and Browns return specialist Joshua Cribbs returned two kickoffs for TDs.

Harrison was held to 33 yards on 16 carries, and the Chiefs angled kicks away from Cribbs, who did burn them for a 65-yard TD reception from Seneca Wallace.

Wallace started in place of Jake Delhomme, who injured his right ankle last week in his debut for the Browns (0-2), a 17-14 loss at Tampa Bay. Wallace finished 16 of 31 for 229 yards.

The Chiefs were clinging to their 2-point lead and faced with a 4th-and-inches at the Cleveland 36 with two minutes left. Instead of punting and pinning the Browns deep, Haley went for it and running back Thomas Jones leaped over the pile for a game-clinching first down.

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