Final

Chiefs 28

(2-3, 1-2 away)

Colts 24

(0-5, 0-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 9, 2011

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 14 7 728
IND 7 17 0 024

Top Performers

Passing: C. Painter (IND) - 277 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Battle (KC) - 19 CAR, 119 YDS

Receiving: D. Bowe (KC) - 7 REC, 128 YDS, 2 TD

Chiefs score 21 unanswered points to keep Colts winless

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Matt Cassel finally figured out how to beat the Colts on Sunday.

He used the unbeatable combination of Dwayne Bowe's size and Steve Breaston's elusiveness.

Cassel threw four touchdown passes -- two each to Bowe and Breaston -- to rally the Chiefs from a 17-point deficit for a 28-24 victory over winless Indianapolis.

"He is a guy I trust with all my heart -- and the ball," Cassel said of Bowe. "Then you get Steve Breaston, who continues to make so many plays. They compliment each other very well. If you're going to double one, you can't double the other."

Without paying a steep price, as the Colts learned.

Even Peyton Manning's return to the sideline couldn't detract from the impact of this big-play tandem. Kansas City's comeback was the largest since Todd Haley took over as coach in 2009 and rekindled images of how the Chiefs (2-3) won the AFC West last season.

Cassel was an efficient 21 of 29 for 257 yards with a rating of 138.9.

Bowe caught seven passes for 128 yards and simply outmuscled the much smaller Jacob Lacey for many of them. Breaston caught four passes for 50 yards but made a spectacular effort to get into the end zone at the end of the first half and a terrific move against a backup cornerback to give the Chiefs their only lead with 5:15 left in the game.

Jackie Battle also ran 19 times for 119 yards, enough to give the Chiefs their first win at Indy.

"We just started doing things better," coach Todd Haley said. "That's three weeks in a row with strong second halves. That's our conditioning and hard work paying off in our favor. We did a good job wearing them out."

Indy, one of three winless teams left in the league, is 0-5 for the first time since 1997 and has lost five straight for the first time in a decade.

But this one was not Curtis Painter's fault.

With Manning around to advise to Painter and the receivers between series, Painter delivered a brilliant first half. He opened the game 12 of 17 for 237 yards with two TDs and a near-perfect 152.2 rating. A series of second-half drops prevented the Colts from moving the ball, though, and Painter finished 15 of 27 for 277 yards.

Painter even managed to avoid getting sacked despite playing behind a makeshift offensive line.

This time, it was the defense that broke down.

"The offense was doing a great job in the first half, and we just kind of let down," Colts safety Antoine Bethea said. "We blew this."

Bowe was the primary reason.

He burned Lacey on a slant for a 41-yard touchdown in the first half, a play that seemed to spark Kansas City's moribund offense. He repeatedly broke tackles for first downs. And when Cassel needed a play on first-and-goal from the Indy 5, of course he went to Bowe, who caught the TD pass despite Lacey's deflection and pass interference penalty. That made the score 24-21.

Two series later, with Bowe as the set-up guy, Cassel went the other direction and found Breaston matched up against rookie cornerback Chris Rucker. It was no contest -- an 11-yard TD reception for the go-ahead score.

"Take your hats off to them," Colts receiver Reggie Wayne said. "They came out with a good game plan in the third quarter and they executed it well. I feel like we should be walking out of this game with a 'W,' but we didn't get that done."

Yes, Indy dominated early.

Painter threw a 6-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon on the opening series and after a 53-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri, hooked up with Garcon on a 67-yard TD pass to make it 17-0 less than 20 minutes into the game. Garcon finished with five catches for 125 yards.

Then, after Bowe's long TD catch, Painter led the Colts down the field again, setting up Delone Carter for a 3-yard TD run that made it 24-7 with 1:09 left in the half.

That was too much time for Cassel and Breaston, who made a nifty stop just before stepping out of bounds and dived across the goal line for a 16-yard score to make it 24-14 at the half.

Painter had one chance to rally the Colts late, but his fourth-down pass was knocked away by Jon McGraw and the Chiefs held on for their second straight win.

"This is a big win, a step in the right direction," Cassel said. "We kept our focus, and you could see the end result was very positive for us."

Game notes


Manning stayed about four to five yards back from the sideline and well down the field from plays. He was dressed in khaki pants, a white Colts shirt and a blue baseball hat. ... Pat McAfee hit the crossbar on his second kickoff of the game. ... Joseph Addai left the game with a right hamstring injury in the first quarter and did not return. ... Chiefs running back Le'Ron McClain injured his neck late in the first half. ... Carter's TD was the first of his career. ... Cassel has had three straight games with quarterback ratings over 100.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
IND
1st Downs2615
Passing 1st downs
1412
Rushing 1st downs
113
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
8-145-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays6954
Total Yards436355
Yards per play6.36.6
Total Drives1111
Passing242277
Comp-Att
21-2915-27
Yards per pass
7.810.3
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-150-0
Rushing19478
Rushing Attempts
3827
Yards per rush
5.12.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-32-2
Penalties5-394-40
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession33:0726:53

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel21/292578.9402-15
INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Painter15/2727710.3200-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Battle191196.3024
Jones10555.5021
INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown8384.8016
Carter12221.816

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bowe712818.3241
Breaston45012.5216
INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Garcon512525.0267
Wayne47719.3026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCIND
indTD7:41Pierre Garcon 6 Yard Pass From Curtis Painter (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 7:24
07
SECOND QUARTERKCIND
indFG12:28Adam Vinatieri 53 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 45 yds, 2:29
010
indTD11:23Pierre Garcon 67 Yard Pass From Curtis Painter (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 67 yds, 0:00
017
kcTD5:20Dwayne Bowe 41 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yds, 2:57
717
indTD1:15Delone Carter 3 Yard Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:02
724
kcTD0:19Steve Breaston 16 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 0:56
1424
THIRD QUARTERKCIND
kcTD0:45Dwayne Bowe 5 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 93 yds, 6:07
2124
FOURTH QUARTERKCIND
kcTD5:21Steve Breaston 11 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yds, 4:39
2824

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: Despite facing a Chiefs defense that leads the NFL in defended passes on throws of 15 yards or more since 2010, Curtis Painter attempted almost half of his passes at that length on Sunday. Matt Cassel played it far more conservative and had a much better day than Painter on passes of 14 yards or less on the way to victory.
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