Game Recap: Chiefs 23, Browns 17

Posted Oct 27, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs got a late defensive stand and field goal to seal a 23-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs got the defensive stop that they needed and added a 40-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter of play to seal a 20-17 win over the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.

Despite giving up a touchdown drive, the Chiefs held a 20-17 lead over the Browns after three quarters of play.

Cleveland running back Fozzy Whittaker drew the Browns to within three points of the Chiefs, 20-17, with a 17-yard touchdown reception at the 9:58 mark of the third quarter.

On first-and-10 from the Chiefs’ 17-yard line, quarterback Jason Campbell took a snap in the Shotgun formation and looked to Whittaker, who was unguarded in the right flat and racing toward the end zone. Whittaker caught the ball in stride and outraced Kansas City linebacker Akeem Jordan to the pylon for the score.

One snap earlier, the Browns extended the nine-play, 80-yard drive when running back Willis McGahee ran for a gain of two yards on fourth-and-one from Kansas City’s 19-yard line.

The Chiefs held a 20-10 lead over the Browns at halftime.

Browns kicker Billy Cundiff cut the deficit to 10 points when he drilled a 44-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining in the first half. Cundiff’s kick finished off a seven-play, 54-yard drive that featured a 47-yard pass from Campbell to wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dexter McCluster and put the Chiefs back in front of the Browns by two scores, 20-7, with 1:11 left in the first half.

Smith engineered the six-play, 75-yard scoring drive in 1:33.

Earlier in the second quarter, Campbell threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Gordon and drew the Browns to within one score of the Chiefs, 13-7, with 2:44 remaining in the second quarter.

After Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 52-yard field goal, Campbell and the Browns wasted little time in getting to work on the offensive end.

On first-and-10 from the Cleveland 42-yard line, Campbell took the snap in the Shotgun formation and completed a 19-yard pass to tight end Jordan Cameron.

On the next play, Campbell handed off to running back Willis McGahee, who then pitched the ball back to the quarterback. Campbell quickly surveyed the field and found an open Gordon deep down the left side of the field. Gordon caught the ball inside the 10-yard line and sprinted the final few strides for the score, his third of the season.

Kansas City fullback Anthony Sherman turned a short pass from Smith into a 12-yard touchdown that extended the Chiefs’ lead to 13-0 over the Browns with 10:26 left in the first half.

Sherman caught a screen pass in the left flat and got two key blocks before racing to the pylon for the touchdown.

One of the biggest plays of the 14-play, 82-yard drive came on third-and-five from the Browns’ 35-yard line, as Smith was flushed from the pocket and motored down the sideline for a 23-yard gain.

Smith felt pressure coming from rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who spun his way to the center of the field before shedding a block. That gave Smith enough time to escape the rush, and a downfield block from wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on defensive back Joe Haden allowed him to gain the extra yardage after getting the first down.

On the strength of two field goals from Succop, the Chiefs held a 6-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Succop converted a 35-yard field goal, and extended the Chiefs’ lead over the Browns to 6-0 with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter.

Succop’s second field goal of the game finished an 11-play, 47-yard drive that stalled at the Browns’ 17-yard line when outside linebacker Paul Kruger registered a sack of Smith on third-and-eight.

Succop’s 42-yard field goal put the Chiefs in front of the Browns, 3-0, with 11:22 remaining in the opening period. Succop’s kick capped off a nine-play, 64-yard drive that took 3:38 off the clock and started at Kansas City’s 12-yard line.

On the second play of Kansas City’s first possession, wide receiver Donnie Avery had a first-down reception go for eight yards, plus another 15 on a penalty assessed to Haden for unnecessary roughness.

Three plays later, running back Jamaal Charles turned a third-and-nine from the Chiefs’ 44-yard line into a first-and-10 from the Browns’ 32 with a 24-yard reception from quarterback Alex Smith.

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