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2010 Rewind: Succop Gets Redemption, Boots Chiefs Past Bills 13-10 in Overtime

Since Buffalo and Kansas City will be renewing their acquiantences this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, let’s take a look back to last year’s meeting between the two clubs on Halloween.  The Bills, like they had been the previous six games up this point, were tricked while the Chiefs treated their rabid fans to last second victory.  Let’s take a quick look and recap the highs, the lows and thoughts from their Week 8 match up.

* For starters, this one really hurt.  Worse than the Baltimore overtime loss the week before.  The only other game that hurt worse than this one was the Pittsburgh game.  Too many chances to win and they left each one of them slip right through the cracks.

* The Chiefs outrushed the Bills 274-137. 

* Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles outrushed the entire Bills team by himself.  He carried the ball 22 times for 177 yards and also led the Chiefs in receiving with 61 yards on four catches.

* As a team the Chiefs gained 6.1 yards per run play

* Buffalo gained 58 total yards in the first half and ran the ball only nine times.  The Bills, however, made some key adjustments at halftime and held the football for 19 of the second half 30 minutes.

*  The Bills had four players with at least 4 catches in the game:  Roscoe Parrish and C.J. Spiller each had four receptions.  Steve Johnson and Lee Evans each had five catches.  Parrish led all receivers with 66 yards. 

* Fred Jackson led the Bills in rushing with 66 yards on 20 attempts

* It was a disastrous day for Cordaro Howard.  He was beating for all three of the Chiefs’ sacks and committed a holding penalty as well. 

Key plays

* Kansas City opened the scoring with six-play 71-yard drive capped off with a Matt Cassel 1-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe with 1:28 left in the first half.  KAN 7 – 0

* Ryan Fitzpatrick marched the Bills on a lengthy drive to start the second half.  The Bills chewed up 8:51 that began at the Buffalo 19.  The Bills went 56 yards on 15 plays and Rian Lindell’s 43-yard field goal finally got the Bills on the board.  KAN 7 – 3

* Ryan Succop’s 28-yard field goal at 9:28 in the fourth quarter gives Kansas City some breathing room.  KAN 10-3

* Fitzpatrick engineers the Bills on a game-tying 15-play 83-yard drive.  He hits 8 out of 10 passes during the drive, the biggest pass play coming on a fourth-and-one.  Fitzpatrick hits Steve Johnson four a 4-yard touchdown to tie the game.  TIE GAME 10-10

Buffalo gets the ball back with :49 seconds left in the game.  Fitzpatrick gets Buffalo into Kansas City territory at the Chiefs’ 41-yard line.  With only about 10 yard to go to get in Rian Lindell’s kicking range, Fitzpatrick throws a badly overthrown pass that sails over the head of intended receiver Lee Evans for an interception by Chiefs rookie safety Eric Berry at the Chiefs’ 25. 

Turning Points in Overtime

* About halfway through the overtime period, the Bills again get into Chiefs territory.  Starting at their own 10 yard line, the Bills get to the Chiefs’ 37 and they get a gift from the football gods.  C.J. Spiller gets lined up on a linebacker and the Bills catch the Chiefs in a blitz.  But what turned into an easy six points and the game winning score ends up another missed opportunity as Fitzpatrick’s throw sails too long down the sideline and Spiller was never able to get his hands on the pass.

* With 7:19 left in overtime, Rian Lindell blasts what appears to be the game-winning field goal from 53 yards out.  However, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley called a timeout mere seconds before the Bills were able to get the snap off.  Moments later, Lindell missed the second attempt.

* On the ensuing drive from their own 43, the Chiefs quickly get into Bills territory.  Cassel’s 16 yard pass to tight end Tony Moeaki gets Kansas City to the Buffalo 41.  A steady diet of Jamaal Charles ( 4 carries for 20 yards) gets the Chiefs lined up for a potential game-winning field goal attempt from the Buffalo 21.  Ryan Succop’s 39-yard field goal misses, hooking way left.  The score remains tied at 10.

* Kansas City starts what turns out to be the game-winning drive with 1:13 to go before overtime expires.  Matt Cassel hits Charles for 16 yards, then connects with Moeaki for two big connections (18, 11).  With the Chiefs in business at the Buffalo 24, Charles rushes for 8 yards to the Bills’ 16.  Two plays later, Succop redeems himself and keeps the Bills winless with  a 35-yard field goal as time expires in overtime.  KAN 13-10 OT

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