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Gonzalez and Johnson Leads Chiefs to 27-20 Win

Gonzo Scores!

Getting a measure of revenge against a team that knocked out their starting QB on opening day a season ago, the Chiefs improved to 3-3 on the season with a solid 27-20 win at home over the Cincinnati Bengals.  RB Larry Johnson rushed for 119 yards on 31 carries, and KC made plays on third down, going 7-for-16 overall while the Bengals went just 1-for-11.  

Damon Huard was hot early, finding TE Tony Gonzalez often, as he pulled in 9 catches for 102 yards and two TD’s.  The Chiefs led early 3-0, then allowed Cincy to march down the field and score on a 42-yard pass from Carson Palmer to T.J. Houshmandzadeh to make it 7-3.  From there KC took over, scoring two TD’s and field goal to make it 20-7 at the half.

Cincy’s defense was vulnerable to the Chiefs ground game as well as to finding Gonzalez, who looked in his prime in this matchup.  Finding wide open spaces all day, he was able to sit in the middle of the field and simply wait for Huard to find him. The Chiefs defense did allow 373 total yards to Cincy, but played the “bend but don’t break” type of D that kept them off the scoreboard most of the afternoon.

The Chiefs went up 27-10 with 8:03 to go when Gonzalez caught his second TD, and then the Bengals closed out the scoring with a TD with 5:03 to go and a field goal with 0:18 left to end it 27-20.  KC has a shot at 4-3 this Sunday as they travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in the Black Hole.

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