Final

Chiefs 14

(1-5, 1-2 away)

Redskins 6

(2-4, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 18, 2009

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 3 3 814
WSH 0 0 6 06

Top Performers

Passing: M. Cassel (KC) - 186 YDS

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 15 CAR, 109 YDS

Receiving: D. Bowe (KC) - 6 REC, 109 YDS

Succop's leg lifts Chiefs to first victory; Redskins bench QB Campbell

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- In the locker room, the quarterback presented the game ball to the rookie head coach, who was still wet from the celebratory sideline ice bath. The coach then gave the ball to Mr. Irrelevant, a player no longer worthy of his nickname.

The Kansas City Chiefs are winless no more. Neither is coach Todd Haley, who earned victory No. 1 with an assist from the last player taken in this year's draft. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals in Sunday's 14-6 win over the Washington Redskins, whose season is tanking toward oblivion because of losses to winless teams.

Chief Target: Bowe

The Chiefs go as far as the combo of Matt Cassel to Dwayne Bowe carries them. The first 10 times Cassel threw the ball to Bowe, he completed just three (30 percent). But on the final four passes to Bowe, he completed three, which helped the Chiefs score nine of their 16 points.

Cassel to Bowe, by target
First 10 throws Last 4 throws
Rec 3 3
Pct 30 75.0
Yds 41 68
1st down 3 3

-- ESPN Stats and Information

"We made it pretty difficult, right down to the end," Haley said. "We've pushed through a very difficult period. We needed to get some positive reinforcement with a win."

Succop, chosen No. 256 from South Carolina, converted from 39, 46, 46 and 24 yards, and Tamba Hali added a safety for good measure, sacking Todd Collins in the end zone in the final minute. The Chiefs (1-5), who had lost 28 of their previous 30, avoided the first 0-6 start in team history.

"There's been a lot of change, but this has definitely been special," said quarterback Matt Cassel, who got his first Chiefs win after coming from New England in an offseason trade. "We rose to the occasion. We made some big plays. We put ourselves in a position to score points."

The dreary game between two dreary teams on a dreary day produced two simple truths: The Chiefs won't go 0-16, and the Redskins can't get in the end zone regardless of who is playing quarterback.

Fast Facts

• Todd Haley got his first win as a head coach despite his team not scoring a touchdown as the Chiefs snapped a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season.

• Rookie kicker Ryan Succop -- Mr. Irrelevant in the 2009 draft -- made all four of his field goal attempts, including two from 46 yards.

• Dwayne Bowe had 109 receiving yards, his first 100-yard game of the season.

• Redskins starting QB Jason Campbell (9 for 16, 89 yards, INT) was replaced at halftime by Todd Collins, who was 6 for 14 for 75 yards.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Booed mercilessly again -- as they have been at every home game -- the Redskins failed to get more than a temporary boost after embattled coach Jim Zorn benched Jason Campbell at halftime and opted for Collins.

Collins immediately led two drives for field goals that gave Washington a 6-3 lead, but the Redskins failed to score a touchdown at home for the second time this season.

"I felt the need to create a spark on our football team offensively and went with Todd," said Zorn, whose postgame news conference was punctuated with frequent, deep sighs. "I think the guys responded well. We kept our spark, at times, and then we refizzled."

The Redskins already had embarrassing losses to Detroit and Carolina. They are 2-4 despite being the first team in NFL history to open the season with six straight games against winless opponents. The questions about Zorn's job security and the overall future of the franchise will only intensify as the schedule gets tougher.

"When you lose to teams that you know you should beat, when teams that hadn't won a game come in and beat us, it just makes it tough," defensive end Phillip Daniels said inside a quiet and sparsely populated locker room. "Everybody's looking at us as a win right now, and until we change things and turn that around, they're going to continue to look at us that way."

Nobody was expecting a classic, and it sure wasn't one. There were 15 punts, including one that was blocked. Cassel was sacked five times. Clinton Portis had a career-long 78-yard run, but the Redskins had only 30 yards rushing otherwise. The teams combined to convert only 6 of 31 third downs. Washington had just seven first downs. Two of the Chiefs' scoring drives were aided by personal foul penalties.

Campbell went 9 for 16 for 89 yards, including an interception on a downfield heave on the final play of the half. With a big zero on the scoreboard, Zorn went with Collins, who hadn't played since the end of the 2007 season. The move energized the crowd, with stadium-wide cheers greeting No. 15 as he ran onto the field.

Collins' first pass was a 42-yard completion deep over the middle to Santana Moss, but Collins had only 33 yards passing the rest of the game.

A personal foul on Kareem Moore during a Kansas City punt return gave the Chiefs good field position for the go-ahead score. Starting at Washington's 36, they picked up one first down before Succop made it 9-6 with 3:36 to play.

The fourth field goal and the safety were gravy -- and made for a happy Chiefs locker room for the first time in a long time.

"We got haters everywhere we go," sang tight end Leonard Pope.

Haters? But you won.

"They'll love us this week. Hate us next week. It's a yo-yo," said Pope, who then spread his arms wide and smiled. "Hey, I'm happy. By any means necessary. That was the thing today -- whatever it takes."

Game notes


Portis' long run came after he sat out a series with a sprained ankle. He finished with 109 yards rushing, topping 100 for the first time this season. ... Neither team had its regular left tackle: Kansas City's Brandon Albert (ankle) and Washington's Chris Samuels (neck) were both inactive.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
WSH
1st Downs167
Passing 1st downs
94
Rushing 1st downs
53
1st downs from Penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
4-172-14
4th down efficiency
1-20-1
Total Plays7253
Total Yards268265
Yards per play3.75.0
Total Drives1313
Passing158147
Comp - Att
16-3115-30
Yards per pass
5.14.9
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-283-17
Rushing110118
Rushing Attempts
3620
Yards per rush
3.15.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-1
Penalties4-307-63
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession37:1022:50

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel16/311866.0005-28
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell9/16895.6011-6
Collins6/14755.4002-11

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson23833.6017
Cassel6162.706
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis151097.3078
Campbell263.004

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Bowe610918.203214
Wade22512.50164
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Cooley55711.40259
Moss14242.00424

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERKCWSH
kcFG05:34Ryan Succop 39 Yd 30
THIRD QUARTERKCWSH
wshFG11:17Shaun Suisham 40 Yd 33
wshFG06:01Shaun Suisham 28 Yd 36
kcFG01:07Ryan Succop 46 Yd 66
FOURTH QUARTERKCWSH
kcFG03:36Ryan Succop 46 Yd 96
kcFG00:37Ryan Succop 24 Yd 126
kcSF00:26Todd Collins Tackled By Tamba Hali In End Zone 146