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article imageNFL: The Chiefs get their first win at the expense of the Vikings

By Austin Tyler     Oct 3, 2011 in Sports
Kansas City - The Kansas City Chiefs have been mauled by injuries, but found a way to pull off a victory today over the troubled Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have been trouble this season as they can’t hold leads or even pull off a victory.
The Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) hosted the Minnesota Vikings (0-4) that matched-up two winless teams to see who was going to get their first win on the season. The Vikings had their running back Adrian Peterson’s dad come out and say that Peterson was upset about not getting enough carries in the second half as they blew the lead. This week they did not blow a lead, but showed that they cannot come from behind either.
Minnesota opened the game with the ball and went three and out on their drive. Kansas City got the ball after the punt and began to move the ball down the field. Matt Cassel (18/29, 260 yards, 1 TD) moved the Chiefs down the field with a nice mix of running and passing to set Ryan Succop for a field-goal. Succop came on and kicked in a 40-yard field-goal that gave them a 3-0 lead.
The Vikings got the ball moving on their ensuing drive as they got nice passes from Donovan McNabb (18/30, 202 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 Int), and some big runs from Adrian Peterson (23 carries, 80 yards) on the drive. McNabb finished the drive with a deep pass to Devin Aromashodu for his only catch of the game for a touchdown. Aromashodu caught a 34-yard pass that gave the Vikings a 7-3 lead.
The Chiefs had trouble on their next drive as they were only able to move the ball 25-yards before they punted the ball to the Vikings. Minnesota did not do much on this drive as they had trouble holding on to the ball. Peterson fumbled on a run and the play was reversed. McNabb then fumbled on a snap, but Peterson recovered it to keep the ball in their possession. McNabb then threw an interception that was picked off by Brandon Carr who returned it 14-yards before being tackled.
Kansas City took over after the interceptions and moved the ball 59-yards on the in seven plays. Cassel hit a Steve Breaston (4 receptions, 91 yards) with a 42-yard pass to get the ball moving. He then got a 9-yard run from Thomas Jones (11 carries, 37 yards) to keep the ball moving. After the run the offense got a first down, but then the drive stalled as they had to settle for a field-goal. Succop came on and made 24-yard field-goal to make it a 7-6 game.
Minnesota had trouble on their drive as they could only mustard 22-yards and that came on a McNabb to Percy Harvin (5 receptions, 42 yards) pitch and catch. They punted the ball and the Chiefs took over and moved the ball again with 2:22 left in the half.
The Chiefs moved the ball 46-yards in 12 plays with a big 19-yard gain coming on a Cassel to Kerry Colbert (3 receptions, 33 yards) connection. The drive then stalled and Succop came on to kick yet another field-goal. This time Succop kicked in a 51-yard field-goal that gave the Chiefs a 9-7 lead going into halftime.
Kansas City got the ball to start the second half, but went three and out before they punted the ball to the Vikings. Minnesota took the ball and moved the ball 31-yards, but ended up settling for a field-goal as they could not keep the drive going.
The Chiefs answered with a drive of their own to get Succop back into field-goal range again. Cassel hit Breaston for a 28-yard pass, and later hit him for a 15-yard pass to get a first down. Succop later came on and made a 54-yard field-goal to make it a 12-10 Chief lead.
The Vikings continued to struggle on offense as they lost a yard on this drive and was forced to punt the ball back to the Chiefs. Kansas City got the ball moving on the ensuing drive as Cassel hit Dwayne Bowe (5 receptions, 107 yards, 1 TD) for a 28-yard pass. Succop then came on and kicked his fifth field-goal for the Chiefs. Succop made a 22-yard field-goal to push their lead 15-10.
Minnesota took the ball on the ensuing drive and went three and out on the drive as they only moved the ball four-yards. They punted the ball back to the Chiefs, and Cassel wasted no time as he hit Bowe for a 52-yard touchdown on the second play of the drive. The touchdown gave the Chiefs a 22-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.
McNabb got the Vikings offense going on the ensuing drive as he marched them down the field 71-yards on 13 plays. The Vikings moved the ball with a mix of run and pass, and McNabb finished the drive with a 1-yard pass to Michael Jenkins. That was Jenkins only catch as he got the Vikings back in it 22-17.
The Chiefs then three and out as they gave the Vikings the ball back with 4:07 left in the game. The Vikings tried to get the offense rolling, but had trouble as he could not keep the ball moving. McNabb threw fourth straight incompletions to end the game after Harvin made a 23-yard touchdown to give them a first down.
They turned the ball over on downs and the Chiefs had Jackie Battle (5 carries, 22 yards) run for a first down before they took knees to end the game.
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