Chiefs control ball, sew up first victory

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs bullied the Baltimore
Ravens with a dominant performance that belied their stature as a
winless team.

The Chiefs wore down the highly touted Baltimore defense with an
impressive display of ball control, and held on for a 27-24 victory
Monday night.

Priest Holmes ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns, and the
Chiefs nearly doubled the Ravens in total yardage and time of

The result was a satisfying win that enabled the Chiefs City to
restore a measure of normalcy to a season that was in danger of
going awry.

"This doesn't get us into the playoffs, but it gets us going,"
coach Dick Vermeil said.

Trent Green went 21-for-31 for 223 yards to help Kansas City
(1-3) to its first win since Dec. 28. After going 13-3 a year ago,
the Chiefs were off to their worst start since 1980.

"This is a heck of a win. We needed it," Chiefs president Carl
Peterson said on his way the locker room.

Kansas City finished with a 398-207 advantage in total net yards
and held the ball for 39 minutes, 43 seconds.

"It's very disappointing to not play as physical as we're
capable of," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "They were more
physical in every facet of it, which is something unique for us. We
are not going to win too many games when we're not playing our
game, if they out-physical us."

Through three quarters, Kansas City had 22 first downs compared
to four for the Ravens. A 1-yard touchdown run by Holmes on the
first play of the fourth quarter put the Chiefs up 27-17, and that
proved to be enough to end the Ravens' seven-game home winning

"We were fortunate to do it in Raven-esque fashion," Chiefs
defensive end Eric Hicks said. "People have been talking and
putting us down, but we're making a turnaround."

Holmes, who played for Baltimore from 1997-2000, became the
first player to run for 100 yards against the Ravens in 10 games.
He carried 33 times, 22 in the first half.

Baltimore's last loss at home was last year to the Chiefs by a
17-10 score. On Monday night, Kansas City had 17 points by

"They came out, had a nice rhythm and made plays," Ravens
linebacker Ray Lewis said.

After Baltimore (2-2) closed to 27-24 on a 1-yard touchdown run
by Jamal Lewis with 9:14 to go, the Chiefs methodically moved
downfield in seven plays before a punt left the Ravens at their own
14 with 5:50 left.

Baltimore went nowhere, but got the ball back on its own 27 with
2:33 remaining. The Ravens advanced to their own 40 before a
fourth-down pass slipped off the fingers of wide receiver Kevin

Jamal Lewis, the NFL rushing leader a year ago, was held to 73
yards on 15 carries. Kyle Boller went 10-for-17 for 154 yards.

Rookie B.J. Sams returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown and
Boller threw a touchdown pass on a flea-flicker, but the Ravens
never took back the lead after going up 3-0.

Kansas City went up 20-17 on a 38-yard field goal by Lawrence
Tynes with 8:19 left in the third quarter. Green extended the
11-play drive by avoiding a sure sack on third-and-10 and
completing a 16-yard pass to Chris Horn.

The Ravens then ran four plays before punting, and the Chiefs
responded with a workmanlike 13-play drive that resulted in Holmes'
sixth touchdown of the season.

The Chiefs amassed 212 yards of offense in the first half
compared to just 105 by Baltimore, but the Ravens used two big
plays in the second quarter to forge a 17-17 tie.

Baltimore trailed late in the period before Sams broke loose for
his first NFL touchdown, one play after a replay reversed an
apparent first down run by Holmes. Sams hauled in the ball with no
one around him, cut to his left and weaved his way into the end
zone with 1:30 left.

A trick play enabled Baltimore to tie it at 10. Lewis took a
handoff and ran right before tossing the ball back to Boller, who
lofted a 57-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Randy Hymes.

But the Ravens simply couldn't stop the Kansas City offense.
Baltimore hadn't allowed a point in the first quarter this season,
but the Chiefs scored 10.<
^Notes: There were no turnovers by either team. ... Sams' punt
return was the first kick returned for a touchdown by Baltimore
since Lamont Brightful did it against Cincinnati on Nov. 10, 2002.
... The Ravens scored on their opening drive in a third straight


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