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Cassel Makes Quick Recovery; Helps Chiefs to Overcome Rams 27-13

Only 11 days after an emergency appendectomy, Matt Cassel took the field for the Chiefs, and he and the club came out with a huge 27-13 win over the St.Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome to move to 9-5 on the year and hold off the streaking Chargers who remain a game back.

Cassel completed 15-of-29 for 184 yards and a touchdown, helping the Chiefs overcome a slow start in which they trailed the Rams 6-0 after one quarter. They scored 14 second quarter points and never looked back.

Thomas Jones carried 22 times for 62 yards and a touchdown and became the 25th back in league history to eclipse the 10,000-yard rushing plateau. Jamal Charles ran 11 times for 126 yards and a score for the Chiefs.

Sam Bradford connected on 21-of-43 throws for 181 yards and joined Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan as the only rookies in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in their rookie campaign as the Rams fell to 6-8 in the West, which amazingly is still good enough for the top of the division.

Steven Jackson carried 19 times for 67 yards and a score for St. Louis, which lost a 34th straight game when trailing at the half. After being stymied offensively since the first quarter, the Rams put together a 12-play, 72-yard drive that Jackson finished off with a five-yard scoring run up the middle to bring the Rams to within 20-13 with 4:04 to play.

St. Louis had been held to two first downs from the 12:39 mark in the second quarter until starting their lone touchdown drive with 8 1/2 remaining in the game. The Chiefs started the ensuing drive at their 18-yard line but Charles burst over left side and down the boundary for 80 yards before being dragged down at the Rams two.

Jones removed any doubt from the outcome by leaping over the goal line on the next play to restore a 14-point spread with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

St. Louis moved 53 yards on 14 plays on the game’s opening possession but had to settle for Josh Brown’s 37-yard field goal. Back-to-back false start penalties on 3rd-and-1 followed by a Bradford incompletion halted the drive at the KC 19-yard line.

The Chiefs went three-and-out on their first series and Danny Amendola returned the ensuing punt 42 yards to the visitors’ 36. The Rams drive stalled after three plays bringing out Brown, who nailed a 52-yarder to make it 6-0 with 4:43 remaining in the opening quarter.

Kevin Dockery intercepted Cassel on the Chiefs next possession, the first time he had been picked off in 163 throws.

Cassel, though, rebounded to direct a nine-play, 61-yard drive that ended when he lofted a two-yard scoring pass to Leonard Pope to give the visitors the lead with just under seven minutes to go in the first half. It was the Chiefs first touchdown in nine quarters.

Charles capped off the Chiefs next drive with a two-yard scoring run to make it a 14-6 game with 1:47 left before the break. KC added to its lead with Ryan Succop’s 53-yard field goal, matching his career-long, on the first series in the second half. His second successful boot of the day, from 38 yards, pushed the Chiefs lead to 20-6 with 12:20 left in the contest.

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