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(Sunday, October 18th)
Final Score: Kansas City 14, Washington 6
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Two of Ryan Succop's four field goals came in the fourth quarter, lifting Kansas City to a hard-fought 14-6 decision over the struggling Redskins for its first win of the season.
Larry Johnson rushed for a season-high 83 yards on 23 carries, while Matt Cassel played mistake-free football for the Chiefs (1-5), throwing for 186 yards on 18-of-33 attempts in the club's first win since Week 13 last season.
"It's not exactly a perfect win, but the defense did an awesome job making plays and the offense did a great job making plays when we had to," Johnson said.
Dwayne Bowe caught six passes for 109 yards, while Kansas City's defense held the Redskins to seven first downs, forced two turnovers and capped it with a safety in the waning seconds to give Todd Haley his first win as a head coach.
"We've been working really hard. We've pushed through a very difficult period. We needed to get some positive reinforcement with a win," Haley said.
Washington (2-4), which was playing its sixth straight winless opponent, was listless once again despite a quarterback change at halftime. Jason Campbell was benched after completing 9-of-16 passes for 89 yards with an interception, while Todd Collins finished with an equally miserable 75 yards on 6-of-14 throws.
Clinton Portis gained 78 of his 109 yards on one play and lost a fumble in defeat, the club's third in four games.
Collins, playing in his first game since January 2008, was sacked on 3rd-and-6 from his own 49 yard-line five minutes into the final quarter. The Chiefs blocked the ensuing punt and took over at midfield.
They failed turn the block into points, keeping the game tied at 6-6, but Dustin Colquitt managed to pin Washington at its own one with a punt.
KC forced a three-and-out and a personal foul penalty aided the field-position battle, as the Chiefs took over at the Washington 36.
A first down was enough to get into Succop's range, and the rookie, who was Mr. Irrelevant after being selected with the final pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, hit a 46-yarder with 3:36 to go.
The Redskins again failed to move the chains, and the Chiefs took advantage of a short field and a 32-yard catch by Bowe to pad its lead with Succop's 24- yard field goal with 37 seconds left.
Tamba Hali capped the game with a sack of Collins in the end zone, snapping the Chiefs' nine-game losing streak dating back to last season in humiliating fashion for Washington.
"I feel awful for the fans," Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said. "The fans sacrifice a lot too. I'm not naive about that. I'm upset too. I'm the Redskins' biggest fan and I'm upset."
Both teams fumbled in enemy territory in a lifeless opening quarter, and Kansas City lit up the scoreboard first when Succop split the uprights to end a 10-play, 65-yard drive with 5:34 left before halftime.
A slow-moving two-minute drill by Washington went for naught before the break, as the Redskins decided against attempting a 53-yard field goal and opted to try a long pass into the end zone. Campbell's heave was picked off, and the hosts were booed into the locker room by their fans.
Collins completed a 42-yard bomb to Santana Moss on the second play of the third quarter. The 'Skins couldn't keep moving the chains though, and settled for a 40-yard Shaun Suisham field goal to tie it.
Portis, who was on the sideline to start the half due to a bothersome ankle, broke off a 78-yard run the next time Washington had the ball. Three straight Collins incompletions resulted in Suisham coming in and hitting a 28-yarder.
Bowe caught passes 20 and 16 yards later in the third, setting up Succop's 46- yard boot to tie the game with just over a minute remaining in the quarter.
Washington was the first team in league history to play a winless club in six consecutive weeks...Kansas City leads the all-time series with Washington, 7-1, and has won five straight in the series...Chris Cooley led Washington with five catches for 57 yards. Moss only caught one pass...The Chiefs had 16 first downs...Washington converted 2-of-14 third downs...Andre Carter had two of Washington's five sacks...Portis' 78-yard run was the longest of his career.
10/18 18:14:52 ET
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