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Chiefs Rally in the Big Easy for Stunning 27-24 OT Win Over Saints

The Chiefs 2012 season seemed ready to be officially on life support after going down 24-6 in the third quarter to the Saints Sunday at the SuperDome.

That’s when everything clicked.

The Chiefs outscored the Saints 21-0 down the stretch and in OT, as they rallied for a gutsy 27-24 win over the Saints for their first win of the 2012 campaign.

Ryan Succop was one of many heros for the Chiefs, as he hit on six field goals. One of the kicks forced overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Chiefs to the win.

Succop’s 43-yard field goal with 3 seconds left completed a comeback by Kansas City after the Saints had scoredd in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in the third quarter.

The Chiefs got back in it on a 91-yard run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving. The Chiefs also got a safety in the fourth quarter on Justin Houston’s third sack of the game.

Drew Brees threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and overtime, when the Saints were unable to get a single first down.

The Saints went ahead 24-6 on Brees’ 6-yard swing pass to fullback Jed Collins, capping a short drive set up by an interception and 28-yard return to the Kansas City 7.

“We are going to rally and it’s going to bring us together but guys need to take a hard look at themselves and see how they can improve,” Brees said.

In the extra session, the Chiefs sealed the win on their second possession. Charles converted a 4th-and-1 from the New Orleans 44 with a 3-yard run and Dwayne Bowe made a 9-yard reception on third down to place the ball at the 27.

Four combined runs by Shaun Draughn and Charles set up Succop’s game-ending 31-yard field goal.

“They showed a lot of character and fortitude by being down by 18 and then coming back and going into overtime, then being able to win the game,” said Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel. “Certain guys stepped up and made plays that helped us win.”

A win that the Chiefs hope will turn their 2012 season back around after two awful losses to start the year.


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