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(Sunday, October 10th)
Final Score: Indianapolis 19, Kansas City 9
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Mike Hart rushed for the only touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter, as Indianapolis kept Kansas City out of the end zone to knock off the last remaining unbeaten team, 19-9.
Peyton Manning had a pedestrian day under center, completing 26-of-44 through the air for 244 yards with an interception for the Colts (3-2), who rebounded from a last-second loss at Jacksonville in Week 4.
Hart and Joseph Addai each rushed for 50 yards, Reggie Wayne led the receiving corps with 75 yards on six grabs, while Indy's defense held Kansas City to 261 total yards.
Adam Vinatieri nailed four field goals, while his KC counterpart, Ryan Succop, went 3-for-4, missing a 51-yarder in the final two minutes.
Matt Cassel threw for a mere 156 yards on 16-of-29 passes for the Chiefs (3-1), who were trying for their first 4-0 start since 2003. Jamaal Charles logged 87 yards on 16 carries and lost a fumble in the setback.
The Colts were the last unbeaten team to fall in 2009, doing so almost willingly in Week 16. They were kept out of the end zone on Sunday for the first 3 1/2 quarters, but finally punched one in to cap a 12-play, 71-yard drive that took 5 1/2 minutes off the clock.
Manning completed a pair of third-down passes to Wayne and Austin Collie to keep the march moving, and from the Kansas City 11-yard line, Hart took a handoff, lowered his shoulder and powered into the end zone for a 19-9 lead with 4:02 remaining.
"Mike did a nice job for us. That was a heck of an effort to get the ball in the end zone. He did some good things for us," Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said of Hart, who saw extra time after Addai went down with a shoulder injury in the third quarter.
The Chiefs moved into Colts territory when Dwayne Bowe caught a 21-yard pass on 4th-and-12 immediately after the two-minute warning. Facing 4th-and-4 with 1:17 to play, Succop was brought in to make it a one-possession game but missed a 51-yarder wide right to seal the outcome.
The Colts had a short field on their first possession as a result of an illegal touching penalty on Kansas City's failed onside kick to start the game. Two unsuccessful runs inside the KC 10 and an incomplete pass on third down brought out Vinatieri for a 20-yard kick five minutes in.
An eight-minute march for the Chiefs went from their own 19 to the Indy eight, where they were faced with a 4-and-2. After calling timeout, Todd Haley opted to go for it, but Cassel's pass in traffic near the goal line was batted down.
"[The onside kick] was not going to win or lose the game for us. I even believe going for it on that first possession was not going to win or lose the game. You have to do certain things against a team of this caliber. We set out trying to do that, and we just didn't execute in some areas," Haley said.
Indy's ensuing 16-play, 86-yard drive ended similarly to its first, as Manning threw high and incomplete to Pierre Garcon on 3rd-and-goal. Vinatieri made it 6-0 with a 24-yard kick at the 9:14 mark of the second.
Charles lost a fumble at the Indy 34 with 1:07 left in the half, and the Colts turned the ball over on downs when Addai was stuffed on 4th-and-2 from the KC 39. Chris Chambers' 13-yard grab plus a 15-yard penalty on Kelvin Hayden allowed Succop to boot a 45-yard field goal just before halftime.
After forcing a three-and-out to start the second half, Vinatieri added a 47- yard field goal with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the third.
The Chiefs needed just four plays to penetrate the red zone before the promising drive stalled. Succop kept the field goal fest going on a 35-yarder.
Three plays after the field goal, Manning threw an ill-advised pass over the middle that went directly to Chiefs safety Jon McGraw, who returned the pick to the 30. Bowe dropped a possible TD on the next play, and after two more incompletions and a Colts penalty, Succop was called in for a 43-yarder.
Again the Colts moved into KC territory early in the fourth, but an overturned 14-yard catch by Garcon on 3rd-and-10 resulted in yet another Vinatieri 42- yard kick and a 12-9 lead for the hosts.
Kansas City has never won in Indianapolis and hasn't won a road game of any kind in the series since a triumph in Baltimore in 1980...The Chiefs had allowed 14 points or less in their first three games...Tony Moeaki led Kansas City with four catches for 50 yards...Garcon had 57 yards on six catches, while Collie logged 48 and five...The Chiefs went 1-for-10 on third-down conversions, compared to 8-for-17 for the Colts...Indy held the ball for nearly 10 more minutes...The Colts visit Washington next week, while Kansas City heads to Houston to face the Texans.
10/10 17:39:52 ET
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