Succop's FG in OT lifts Chiefs over Bills 13-10

Posted Oct. 31, 2010 @ 5:48 p.m.
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By Doug Tucker, AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rian Lindell had a second chance he did not want and missed. Ryan Succop had the second chance he was yearning for and made it count.

As a result, the Kansas City Chiefs escaped with a 13-10 victory over the winless Buffalo Bills as time expired in overtime.

Succop, after missing from 39 yards in overtime, made good on a 35-yarder Sunday as the final seconds ticked away, giving the Chiefs (5-2) a victory that kept them comfortably atop the AFC West and made sure the Bills (0-7) would remain the league's only winless team.

Buffalo's Lindell hit what would have been a 53-yard game-winner earlier in the overtime, but the kick was nullified because the Chiefs had called their last time out. Forced to do it again, Lindell kicked a wobbler that hit the right upright.

Jamaal Charles rushed for 177 yards on 22 carries and added 61 yards on five catches, getting the winning drive started with a 16-yard catch.

Tight end Tony Moeaki picked up 18 yards on another pass from Matt Cassel as the Chiefs moved 53 yards in eight plays to put Succop in position to atone for his miss and make the Chiefs 4-0 at home one season after starting 0-4 in Arrowhead Stadium.

Succop tried a 39-yarder with 3:38 to go in the overtime but at the last instant, the ball hooked left.

The Chiefs, facing the NFL's worst run defense, rushed for 274 yards, the third week in a row they've gone over 200.

The Bills, who lost 37-34 in overtime to Baltimore the week before, are off to the third-worst start in franchise history.

If Succop's second kick had missed, the game would have ended in the first tie in the NFL since Philadelphia and Cincinnati were knotted 13-all on Nov. 16, 2008.

The Bills won two challenges in a touchdown drive that tied it 10-10 with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, on fourth-and-goal from the 5, hit Stevie Johnson, who fell into the end zone, barely getting across the goal line before his shoulder touched the ground. The Chiefs challenged unsuccessfully. Earlier in the drive, the Chiefs thought they had recovered a fumble but replay showed they had not.

Then, after forcing a Kansas City punt, the Bills got a 31-yard return by Roscoe Parrish and were close to field goal range. But Fitzpatrick's pass on first down from the Chiefs 41 sailed high and safety Eric Berry made the interception, the first turnover of the game, and forced the overtime.

Late in the first half, Charles snagged Cassel's pass on a crossing pattern and went 31 yards to the 20. On the next play, he took a handoff, broke a tackle, and was finally pulled down at the 1.

With the Buffalo safeties all cheating up close to the line, apparently expecting a run, Drayton Florence was left all alone with Dwayne Bowe, who twisted around the veteran cornerback and caught his fifth TD pass in three games.

After trying only nine running plays the entire first half, the Bills ran the ball nine times in a second-half drive that fell just 3 seconds short of 9 minutes. They had second-and-2 from the Kansas City 20, but a false start penalty against tackle Cordaro Howard pushed them back 5 yards and Fitzpatrick missed on two straight passes. Lindell's 42-yard field goal provided Buffalo's first points with a little more than six minutes left in the third.

Succop's 18-yard run, sprung by a good block from guard Brian Waters, helped set up Succop's 28-yard field goal for a 10-3 lead in the third.

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