The offense started out firing on all cylinders, scoring on their first four drives. But then stagnated. The Chiefs defense didn’t quite look themselves either through most of the game. But, with 21 seconds left, kicker Ryan Succop extended the Chiefs lead to six, which would be more than the Browns could overcome.
The first possession of the game, Alex Smith led the Chiefs offense on a 9 play, 64 yard drive that ended with a Succop field goal. The Chiefs defense then took the field against the Browns offense and forced a quick three and out.
On the Chiefs’ second possession of the game, Smith led an 11 play, 47 yard drive that ended with a second Succop field and a score of 6-0. The Chiefs’ defense then made short work of the Browns offense once again, forcing the team on a three and out once again.
The third Chiefs’ possession started on their own 18 yard line. Smith drove the Chiefs down the field, marching them on a 14 play, 82 yard drive. When it looked as if the Chiefs would stall in the red zone again, Smith hit fullback Anthony Sherman on a quick screen pass. Sherman then proved he could do more than just block for Jamaal Charles and took it 12 yards to the house.
The next possession, the Browns offense finally synched up with their quarterback Jason Campbell and he hit two big strikes, scoring on a flea-flicker pass to speedster Josh Gordon on a 39 yard touchdown strike.
Not to be outdone, Smith drove his offense down the field on a six play, 75 yard drive and hit Dexter McCluster on a 28 yard laser in the end zone. It was, perhaps, the best looking touchdown Smith has thrown all season.
The Browns then quickly moved down the field and put the team in field position, allowing kicker Billy Cundiff to bring his team within 10. Heading into halftime, the score was 20-10.
The first drive after the half, Campbell drove down the field going on a nine play, 80 yard drive and then hit his wide receiver, Fozzy Whitaker on a 17 yard bubble screen, which he ran in easily for the score.
The next quarter and a half of football as a lot of back and forth, with the defenses of both teams trading blows. Again, the Chiefs defense wasn’t what they have been, and the Browns defense was better than they have been.
At the end of the game, Smith got the team in position to kick a field goal to make it a six point game. That was more than the Browns could handle. With no timeouts and only 21 seconds left Campbell was unable to move the ball anywhere close to scoring position, ultimately giving it over to the Chiefs on downs.
The Chiefs’ record moves to 8-0 for the first time in ten years, while the Browns drop to 3-5. Next week, the Chiefs are on the road as they travel to face the Buffalo Bills.