Final

Bengals 39

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Chiefs 41

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 7, 2014

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 10 14 0 1539
KC 17 10 7 741

Top Performers

Passing: C. Daniel (KC) - 126 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Scott (CIN) - 6 CAR, 68 YDS

Receiving: T. Kelce (KC) - 2 REC, 73 YDS, 1 TD

Chiefs beat Bengals 41-39 in preseason opener

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs rolled to the playoffs last season thanks largely to an opportunistic defense and an explosive special teams unit that accounted for nearly a touchdown a game.

Evidently, nothing has changed this preseason.

Sean Smith and Malcolm Bronson returned interceptions for scores, De'Anthony Thomas brought back a punt 80 yards for another touchdown and Kansas City held on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 41-39 in their preseason opener Thursday night.

"We want to score touchdowns in all three phases of the game, and we were able to do a pretty nice job of that tonight," said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose team had 11 such touchdowns last season. "In return, you have to cut back on some of these turnovers on the other side."

Yes, the Chiefs also had three turnovers that led to 21 points, including an interception return by Dre Kirkpatrick during a first half that ended with the Chiefs leading 27-24.

"It's tough to win football games like that," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said.

Andy Dalton was sharp in his only series for the Bengals after signing a new six-year deal this week. He hit wide receiver A.J. Green for a 53-yard pass to set up the opening field goal.

"We wanted to score a touchdown but we moved the ball well," Dalton said. "We did some good things, some quick passes. Took a shot and hit A.J. on a deep one."

Dalton quickly gave way to backup Jason Campbell, who was just 6 of 15 for 72 yards. And while he threw a pair of touchdown passes, Campbell also was responsible for the TDs by Smith and Bronson before getting banged up midway through the third quarter and exiting the game.

"We played good, but you still want to win," Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers said.

Both teams played their starters sparingly, which is common in preseason openers. But the Bengals were also forced to use their backups to plug holes caused by injury.

Starting offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth, Clint Boling and Andre Smith, tight end Jermaine Gresham, wide receiver Marvin Jones and defensive tackle Geno Atkins all sat out the game.

Chiefs safety Eric Berry and defensive tackle Mike DeVito also did not suit up.

Alex Smith, in negotiations on his own long-term deal, struggled along with the rest of the Chiefs' first-team offense. They went three-and-out on their opening series, and Smith was strip-sacked on their next possession to set up Campbell's short TD toss to Brandon Tate.

That was just the start of an entertaining, back-and-forth half.

Albert Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to set up Ryan Succop's short field for Kansas City. After the Bengals stalled on their next possession, Thomas fielded the punt and spun away from Kirkpatrick before racing 80 yards for a tying touchdown.

"I was just focusing on looking the ball in," he said. "I saw the lane and took it."

On the next offensive play, Campbell was intercepted by Sean Smith -- a former starter trying to win his job back -- and he returned it 36 yards to give Kansas City a 17-10 lead.

Kirkpatrick atoned for his special teams flub when he intercepted a badly thrown ball by Chiefs backup Chase Daniel and returned it 40 yards for a TD. And after the Chiefs added another field goal, Campbell connected with Dane Sanzenbacher for another score and a 24-20 lead.

In the waning seconds of the half, Daniel found tight end Travis Kelce running open down the seam. The big tight end, who missed his rookie season to injury, hauled in the 69-yard TD pass.

Bronson returned his pick-6 early in the second half to give the Chiefs a 34-24 lead, and the teams traded fourth-quarter TDs before Cincinnati scored again in the final seconds.

"I'm not satisfied with the outcome but I saw a lot of positives, things we've got to work on and build from," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We've got some work to do. Open-field football for the first time gets everybody's attention."

Game notes


Bengals first-round pick Darqueze Dennard made a sack on a cornerback blitz early in the game. He was shaken up later in the game. ... Dalton finished 3 of 5 for 71 yards. Alex Smith was 3 of 5 for 19 yards. ... Succop and Cairo Santos, in a battle for the Chiefs kicking job, each hit their only field-goal attempt.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIN
KC
1st Downs2415
Passing 1st downs
107
Rushing 1st downs
117
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
5-114-10
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays6549
Total Yards376304
Yards per play5.86.2
Total Drives1210
Passing196164
Comp-Att
16-3113-18
Yards per pass
5.96.8
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-136-18
Rushing180140
Rushing Attempts
3225
Yards per rush
5.65.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-41-4
Penalties9-707-50
Turnovers23
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs13
Possession31:2128:39

Passing Leaders

CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Dalton3/57114.2000-0
Campbell6/15724.8221-7
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Daniel8/1012612.6113-7
Bray2/23718.5002-5

Rushing Leaders

CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott66811.3025
Hill6366.009
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gray11595.4125
Davis22814.0017

Receiving Leaders

CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green26231.0053
Sanzenbacher24623.0126
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kelce27336.5169
Harris13030.0030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINKC
cinFG9:06Mike Nugent 30 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 81 yds, 3:45
30
cinTD6:34Brandon Tate 9 Yd pass from Jason Campbell (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 16 yds, 1:19
100
kcFG4:47Ryan Succop 27 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 16 yds, 1:47
103
kcTD0:38De'Anthony Thomas 80 Yd Punt Return (Cairo Santos Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yds, 4:09
1010
kcTD0:22Sean Smith 36 Yd Interception Return (Ryan Succop Kick)
Drive info: 1 plays, 0 yds, 0:16
1017
SECOND QUARTERCINKC
cinTD12:10Dre Kirkpatrick 40 Yd Interception Return (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yds, 2:39
1717
kcFG6:07Cairo Santos 28 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 62 yds, 6:03
1720
cinTD1:51Dane Sanzenbacher 26 Yd pass from Jason Campbell (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 81 yds, 4:16
2420
kcTD0:21Travis Kelce 69 Yd pass from Chase Daniel (Ryan Succop Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 1:30
2427
THIRD QUARTERCINKC
kcTD12:39Malcolm Bronson 51 Yd Interception Return (Cairo Santos Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 19 yds, 2:21
2434
FOURTH QUARTERCINKC
cinTD14:55James Wright 9 Yd pass from Matt Scott (Quinn Sharp Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yds, 5:40
3134
kcTD7:03Cyrus Gray 2 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 77 yds, 7:52
3141
cinTD0:51Conner Vernon 12 Yd pass from Matt Scott (Matt Scott Run for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 7 plays, 46 yds, 1:42
3941