Chiefs Mow Down Rams in 27-13 victory

From the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis

Maybe it’s the Missouri water.

Sporting a 6-0 record at home this season, the Chiefs traveled down I-70 and found another Missouri victory, dominating the St. Louis Rams 27-13 and walking off with the Governor’s Cup Trophy.

The outcome certainly leaves them with good feelings as they keep their spot on top of the AFC West at 9-5 and with only two games remaining in the regular season, they head to Arrowhead Stadium to finish up the schedule against Tennessee and Oakland.

“We are going home and we have everything to play for,” said DE Wallace Gilberry, the leader of the team’s defensive effort against the Rams with three sacks. “Tennessee is next. That’s what we’ll work on starting tomorrow. Until then we are going to enjoy the heck out of this game.”

There was a certain Arrowhead feel to the Dome on this December Sunday. Red was everywhere in the stands and at the end of the national anthem, the roar of “home of the Chiefs” drowned out the high school band that was performing the song. With things wrapped up in the fourth quarter, the Rams fans left and the Chiefs supporters stayed and did the Arrowhead chop chant.

“We get to go back home to Arrowhead where the guys are getting more and more comfortable,” said head coach Todd Haley. “Our fans have really amped it up. We are just trying to reach our goal of winning three games.”

They won the first of those three games on Sunday with two of their staples: defense and the running game on offense. They got after QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson and the rest of the Rams offense, picking up two interceptions, three sacks and allowing only a single touchdown. Jackson ran for just 67 yards. They bent early, but did not break and eventually they didn’t bend at all.

Offensively, after scoring just 10 points in the last two games, they showed production with three touchdowns, 207 rushing yards, including 126 yards on 11 carries from Jamaal Charles, a total that included an 80-yard run. Thomas Jones ran for 62 yards and passed the 10,000-yard mark for his career.

And, oh yeah, they had their starting quarterback on the field. Eleven days after his appendectomy Matt Cassel was back on the field and playing like nothing happened. His numbers were not huge, he threw an interception, but he managed the offense and after a shaky start, they became productive.

“We knew the Rams were a good team and they had an elaborate blitz scheme,” Cassel said. “Offensively, it took us a little while to get going. We stuck to the game plan and we continued to move forward. At the end of the day we buckled down and we came out on top and it was a huge, huge win for us.”

Like they did after losing to Houston and getting smashed by Denver, the Chiefs were able to put behind them the embarrassment of what went down in San Diego last Sunday and moved past it.

“A big thing for us all week was showing we could bounce back after a difficult, difficult, confidence demoralizing loss last week in a big game,” Haley said. “We showed we could come back in a big game this week.

“We started out a little shaky. We got settled down and got our feet under us in the second quarter and started playing football and doing some of the things we knew we had to do to win.”

The first quarter was one of the uglier ones the Chiefs have had in the 2010 season. They went 15 minutes and managed just 16 yards of offense, including minus-five rushing. They had only two first downs, one courtesy of a St. Louis penalty. The offense was awful, as Cassel and the passing game couldn’t get anything going and the run game was bumping up against an eight-man front most of the time.

It was the defense that hung in there, playing almost 11 minutes of the quarter and giving up only a pair of field goals. In classic bend but don’t break style, they allowed the Rams to hold the ball for 14 plays on their first drive, moving 53 yards and using eight minutes, four seconds of the clock. St. Louis had a 1st-and-10 at the KC 18-yard line, but gained just five yards on the five snaps, as they killed themselves with a pair of false start penalties.

Eventually, Josh Brown kicked the 37-yard field goal and the Rams grabbed a 3-0 lead.

The Chiefs offense went three plays and out and thanks to a 42-yard punt return by WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis started their next possession at the Chiefs 36-yard line. Three plays produced two yards and Brown came in and made a 52-yard field goal and the score was 6-0 Rams with still more than four minutes to play in the quarter.

On their second possession, the Chiefs finally got a first down, but Cassel threw an interception to CB Kevin Dockery. There were two Chiefs receivers at the spot where Cassel was throwing; in fact they bumped into each other as Dockery cut in front of them for the interception.

But the Chiefs defense stood up again and stopped one drive with a sack by Gilberry and they got more help from St. Louis as they kept picking up penalties. With just under 11 minutes to play in the half, the Chiefs got the ball at their 39 and Cassel and the offense finally clicked. They had to convert a 4th-and-1 at their 48 to keep the drive going, but RB Jackie Battle got seven yards on a nice second effort run.

That seemed to be a spark for the offense.

“That got all of us going,” said SS Eric Berry. “We needed that spark and we got it there.”

Cassel made his best throw of the first half when he and WR Dwayne Bowe hooked up for a 29-yard gain; Bowe made a great catch on the sidelines, getting his feet down in bounds. The TD came on a 3rd-and-1 play at the Rams 2 when Cassel lofted one to TE Leonard Pope at the back of the end zone. The PAT kick gave the Chiefs a 7-6 lead.

Before the half was over, they put another score on the board, as they moved 59 yards on nine plays before Charles scored on a two-yard run. They went to the half-time locker room leading 14-6 and did not feel comfortable with that margin.

“The game was still up for grabs,” said LG Brian Waters. “But we had things going in the right direction. We had the ball to start the second half and we just had to go out and do something with it.”

They did, moving 12 plays on the possession and chewing up 4:42 on the clock, but they had to settle for a 53-yard field goal from Ryan Succop. He also nailed a 51-yard field goal, only to have the attempt wiped out by a false start penalty on Waters.

Early in the fourth quarter, Succop added another field goal, this time from 38 yards and the Chiefs led 20-6.

For the briefest moment, the Rams made some noise that they were going to get back in the game, as they went 12 plays, 72 yards and finished up with a five-yard run by Jackson. The PAT kicked cut the Chiefs lead to seven points 20-13.

That’s when Charles broke through on an 80-yard run where he wasn’t touched until CB Ron Bartell brought him down from behind at the St. Louis 2. On the next play, Thomas Jones leaped over the middle of the field for a touchdown and the game was over everywhere but the game clock, that still had 4:26 to run.

“That was a huge run for us,” Cassel said of Charles taking off for 80 yards. “I’m sure he’s not happy about getting caught from behind, but it allowed us to step up and get another score on the board and time was getting away from them.”

Bradford threw two late interceptions, as rookie FS Kendrick Lewis picked off a pair of deep throws as the Rams went for broke in the final minutes.

There really wasn’t anything they could do about the outcome at that point, as the Chiefs were enjoying their ninth victory over the season.

“It was pretty ugly there,” Haley said of the first quarter. “Guys were ticked off and we were shooting ourselves in the foot a little bit. But they stuck together. The defense kept playing and a couple big stops as the offense got itself righted and situated and calmed down.

“That’s how good teams perform. They stick together. That’s complementary football. Today I thought we really played good complementary football at the end.”

2 Responses to “Chiefs Mow Down Rams in 27-13 victory”

  • December 19, 2010  - Chiefs Hold First Place After Beating Rams | Chiefs Football at says:

    [...] GAME STORY: Chiefs mow down Rams. [...]

  • December 20, 2010  - Butler says:

    OK now all CHIEFS FANS need to remove the word
    IF !! from our Vocabulary WE Go to the Big Show
    and WIN IT NO IF’S ands or But’s About IT !!!!
    If the Fans Can’t See that and Believe IT !!!!
    Then we aren’t GOOD FANS !!! The play off’s are just more games stepping stones
    SUPER BOWL MUST BE THE GOAL to go there and WIN!!!
    Go CHIEFS Go

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