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
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
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
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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