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(Sunday, October 9th)
Final Score: Kansas City 28, Indianapolis 24
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Steve Breaston's 11-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter Sunday lifted the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-24 win over Curtis Painter and the Indianapolis Colts.
Breaston caught two touchdown passes from Matt Cassel, who also hooked up with Dwayne Bowe for a couple of scores as the Chiefs (2-3) scored 21 unanswered points to end the game.
Painter threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns while getting his second straight start in place of Kerry Collins, but the Colts (0-5) squandered two 17-point leads in the game.
"Everything seemed to go right in the first half but we had about five plays in the third quarter and they had 10 first downs in that stretch," said Colts head coach Jim Caldwell. "That really hurt us."
Pierre Garcon had five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
Bowe had seven receptions for a game-high 128 yards, none of them more spectacular than his five-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter to pull the Chiefs within 24-21.
With cornerback Jacob Lacey draped all over him, Bowe bobbled the ball but corralled it one-handed as he lost his balance in the right side of the end zone.
Breaston's go-ahead touchdown, with 5:15 remaining, marked the first time the Chiefs led in the game. It came at the end of a nine-play, 54-yard drive, with Breaston easily catching a soft throw from Cassel while defender Chris Rucker had his back turned to the pass.
"They key with us is to stick with it and avoid a desire to hit the panic button," said Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. "Sometimes that's human nature and you think you need to do a little more than you actually do."
Earlier, Painter did his best Peyton Manning impression while leading the Colts on three scoring drives in the first 18-plus minutes of the game for a 17-0 lead.
On an 80-yard drive to open the game, Painter connected with Reggie Wayne on passes of 19 and 26 yards before hitting Garcon for a six-yard touchdown.
Adam Vinatieri kicked a 53-yard field goal early in the second quarter and Painter hit a wide-open Garcon in stride on the right side of the field for a 67-yard touchdown on the first play of the Colts' next possession, quickly making it 17-0.
"We did a good job of getting into a rhythm and made some plays in the first half. That gave us a lot of confidence," said Painter. "Now we have to carry it over into the second half."
The Chiefs also had a quick strike in them, pulling within 17-7 when Cassel and Bowe hooked up for a 41-yard touchdown on the sixth play of a drive later in the second quarter.
The Colts replied, taking a 24-7 lead on Delone Carter's three-yard touchdown run. The 80-yard drive was highlighted by Painter's 23-yard pass to Austin Collie down to the Kansas City two-yard line.
Bowe's 29-yard catch and Jackie Battle's 15-yard run helped set up a Chiefs touchdown before halftime. Breaston scored on a 16-yard catch, diving to stretch the ball inside the left pylon to get KC within 24-14.
Battle rushed 19 times for 119 yards, while Breaston caught four passes for 50 yards.
Kansas City beat Indy for only the second time in their last nine meetings, but the Colts still lead the all-time series 10-8...Collins was inactive for the second straight game because of a concussion. Painter made his first career NFL start last Monday in a 24-17 loss to Tampa Bay...The Chiefs have won two straight games after beginning the season 0-3.
10/09 18:38:38 ET
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