Final/OT

Chiefs 27

(1-2, 1-1 away)

Saints 24

(0-3, 0-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 

1 2 3 4 OT T
KC 3 3 7 11 327
NO 7 3 14 0 024

Top Performers

Passing: M. Cassel (KC) - 248 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Charles (KC) - 33 CAR, 233 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Bowe (KC) - 7 REC, 79 YDS

Ryan Succop, Chiefs rally to top Saints in overtime stunner

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Remember the hard-luck Saints of old -- that mistake-prone franchise that routinely crumbled in crunch time?

In their first three games since coach Sean Payton was suspended in the NFL's bounty probe, the Saints have started to resemble that franchise again, and even Drew Brees has been helpless to do anything about it.

The Saints were unable to protect an 18-point, third-quarter lead, and fans in the Superdome watched in dread as Kansas City's Ryan Succup booted his club-record sixth field goal to lift the previously winless Chiefs to a 27-24 overtime victory over New Orleans on Sunday.

The Saints have now lost twice in the Superdome, where they were unbeaten a season ago, and which will host the Super Bowl next February.

But New Orleans now looks like a long shot to be playing for a championship after opening with losses to three 1-2 teams.

"We are far from talking about the Super Bowl right now," Brees said. "What need to focus on is getting one win."

Next week, the reeling Saints (0-3) travel to Green Bay.

The Chiefs (1-2) meanwhile, went home feeling a lot better about not only getting their first victory, but the resolve they showed to get it.

"The best part is our guys never gave up," said Succop, a perfect 6 for 6 on kicks ranging from 25 to 45 yards. "We kept fighting, it was a huge team win and I'm just really excited to have had a part in it."

After Jamaal Charles' 91-yard touchdown run -- the longest running play in Chiefs history, and the longest given up by the Saints -- started Kansas City's comeback, the Chiefs defense thwarted a Saints scoring chance when Stanford Routt intercepted Brees' underthrown pass for Devery Henderson near the Kansas City goal line late in the third quarter. Brees, who was 20-of-36 for 240 yards and three TDs -- never had another completion after that, and only attempted six passes because the Saints also never got another first down.

Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving, scored the only touchdown the Chiefs needed. The rest of the scoring came on field goals, as well as a safety on Justin Houston's third sack of the game.

"This team needed a win, and a win like that really helped out in particular," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "There were a lot of doubts about what we could do and they showed a lot of character."

Tiring of answering questions about the effects of the bounty scandal on their season, the Saints were once again in no mood to discuss whether things might have been different if Payton were still around.

"All I can say is Sean Payton is a great football coach," Brees said. "But he's not here, so the rest of us have to find a way."

Instead, the Chiefs found a way after their safety got them the ball, down by 3, with 5:33 to go.

Matt Cassel's spinning scramble and 11-yard pass across the field to Jon Baldwin on third-and-10 extended the drive, which also included Cassel's completion to Dwayne Bowe on fourth-and-5 before Succop's 43-yard game-tying kick with 3 seconds left.

In one of several lowlights for the crew of replacement officials working the game, New Orleans was briefly ruled the winner on the field in overtime when running back Shaun Draughn lost the ball stretching for a first down and safety Roman Harper picked up the ball and ran to the end zone.

The fumble was overturned on video review, but the spot came up a half-yard short of a first down. Charles easily converted a fourth-down run to extend the winning drive.

"We knew coming in that we could run against this defense," Charles said. "It was an opportunity we had to take advantage of."

The Saints scored first when Lance Moore's leaping 9-yard catch capped an 83-yard, game-opening drive.

After that, however, no team got in the end zone for the rest of the half, which ended with the Saints up 10-6.

New Orleans appeared to be taking command in the third quarter thanks to a pair of turnovers by the Chiefs.

First came a fumble by Dexter McCluster, who hurt his shoulder while falling on his own after a short catch, then let the ball go moments before he would have been touched down by cornerback Jabari Greer. Officials initially ruled McCluster down while linebacker Jonathan Casillas scooped the ball and ran to the end zone. The Saints challenged and won a reversal on replay review, giving them the ball on the Chiefs 19. That set up Brees' 1-yard TD pass to tight end Jimmy Graham.

New Orleans then went ahead 24-6 on Brees' 6-yard swing pass to fullback Jed Collins, capping a short drive set up by Greer's interception and 28-yard return to the Kansas City 7.

After that, the Saints fell apart in a way they had not in making the playoffs -- and winning one title -- during the past three seasons.

"We're obviously disappointed, but not disheartened," Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer said. "We don't know how we're supposed to act right now."

Game notes


Along with McCluster, the Chiefs lost starting C Rodney Hudson to an apparent right knee injury and RB Peyton Hillis to an ankle injury in the third quarter. ... Saints LB David Hawthorne left with a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. ... Brees now has TD passes in 46 straight regular season games, one behind Johnny Unitas' record of 47.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
NO
1st Downs2714
Passing 1st downs
1612
Rushing 1st downs
102
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
7-185-13
4th down efficiency
2-20-0
Total Plays9259
Total Yards510288
Yards per play5.54.9
Total Drives1514
Passing237205
Comp-Att
26-4420-36
Yards per pass
5.05.1
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-114-35
Rushing27383
Rushing Attempts
4519
Yards per rush
6.14.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties6-404-45
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession42:3226:01

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel26/442485.6013-11
NOC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees20/362406.7314-35

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles332337.1191
Draughn7223.107
NOCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sproles7628.9047
Thomas6111.805

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bowe77911.3017
Charles6559.2019
NORECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore47017.5134
Thomas45513.8027

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCNO
noTD12:23Lance Moore 9 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 83 yds, 2:42
07
kcFG4:56Ryan Succop 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 82 yds, 7:27
37
SECOND QUARTERKCNO
noFG15:00Garrett Hartley 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 65 yds, 4:56
310
kcFG4:46Ryan Succop 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 18 yds, 1:34
610
THIRD QUARTERKCNO
noTD13:14Jimmy Graham 1 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 19 yds, 1:41
617
noTD5:41Jed Collins 6 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 7 yds, 0:45
624
kcTD5:32Jamaal Charles 91 Yard Run (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 91 yds, 0:18
1324
FOURTH QUARTERKCNO
kcFG13:45Ryan Succop 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 52 yds, 3:48
1624
kcFG9:16Ryan Succop 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yds, 3:32
1924
kcSF5:40Drew Brees Sacked By Justin Houston In End Zone For -7 Yards
Drive info: 2 plays, -9 yds, 0:35
2124
kcFG0:08Ryan Succop 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 37 yds, 5:30
2424
OVERTIMEKCNO
kcFG6:32Ryan Succop 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 40 yds, 5:19
2724

Research Notes

From Elias: How bad are the Saints? Real bad. In the Super Bowl-era, only 2 teams have allowed more yards in their first 3 games of a season.
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