Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 - 12:00 p.m. CT Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Play-by-Play: Greg Gumbel - Color Commentator: Dan Dierdorf
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Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus - Color Commentator: Len Dawson - Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
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THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
The Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints are both looking for their first victory on Sunday when the teams meet for a 12 p.m. CT kickoff at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Kansas City ranks fifth in the NFL with an average of 407.5 total yards per game while New Orleans ranks third at 422 total yards per contest. In Week 2, the Chiefs fell 35-17 at Buffalo while the Saints were beaten 35-27 at Carolina.
Kansas City fell behind 21-0 in the first half as Buffalo RB C.J. Spiller scored on two touchdown runs and TE Scott Chandler caught a 10-yard TD pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Buffalo added TDs on a 49-yard catch-and-run by WR Stevie Johnson and an 88-yard punt return by CB Leodis McKelvin.
Cassel completed 23 of 42 passes for 301 yards with two TDs. It marked his seventh career 300-yard performance, fourth since joining the Chiefs and fi rst since Dec. 26, 2010 vs. the Tennessee Titans.
Bowe caught eight passes for 102 yards and two TDs in Buffalo. He now has 14 career 100-yard receiving performances and eight multi-touchdown games. Bowe also surpassed the 5,000-yard receiving mark for his career, becoming the eighth receiver in club history to achieve that feat and fastest to the mark by accomplishing it in 77 games. He now has 367 receptions for 5,082 yards with 38 TDs in his six-year career with the Chiefs.
On the ground, the Chiefs rushed for 150 yards on 24 carries (6.3 avg.) against the Bills. RB
Playing on the road at Carolina, New Orleans got out to a 13-7 lead before the Panthers scored 21 unanswered points and held on for an eventual 35- 27 victory. Saints QB Drew Brees passed for 325 yards and a TD with two INTs, including one that was returned for a TD. RB Pierre Thomas rushed for 110 yards on nine carries (12.2 avg.) and RB Darren Sproles caught 13 passes for 128 yards (9.8 avg.). TE Jimmy Graham added seven catches for 71 yards with a TD.
CHIEFS-SAINTS SERIES HISTORY
Sunday’s contest marks the 10th meeting between the Chiefs and Saints. Kansas City has gone 4-5 (.444) historically against New Orleans and the teams have split the last four meetings dating back to 1994. The Saints have won the last two matchups while the Chiefs won the two previous contests.
Most recently, New Orleans won 30-20 on Nov. 16, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium. QB Drew Brees completed 25 of 36 passes for 266 yards with a TD. WR Lance Moore registered a game-high eight catches for 102 yards, including a 47-yard TD. Chiefs QB Tyler Thigpen connected on 19 of 38 passes for 235 yards with two TDs to WR Dwayne Bowe, who caught seven passes for 53 yards.
On Nov. 14, 2004, the Saints earned a 27-20 victory over the Chiefs in New Orleans despite 497 yards of total offense by Kansas City. WR Joe Horn caught fi ve passes for 167 yards with a TD for the Saints and RB Deuce McCallister rushed for 127 yards and a score. Chiefs QB Trent Green completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards with a TD. RB Derrick Blaylock carried 33 times for 186 yards with a TD. WR Eddie Kennison caught a game-high seven passes for 121 yards with a TD.
The Chiefs last defeated the Saints on Dec. 21, 1997 when WR Tamarick Vanover returned a punt 82 yards for a TD in a 25-13 victory. QB Billy Joe Hobert threw a TD pass to Keith Poole in the third quarter to break Kansas City’s NFL-record streak of 10 consecutive games without allowing a second-half touchdown. Kansas City last won in New Orleans on Sept. 4, 1994 when QB Joe Montana passed for 315 yards and two TDs.