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The Rain and the Chiefs Both Fell in Cleveland as Browns Top Chiefs, 30-7

Posted Dec 9, 2012

Eight days removed from unthinkable tragedy, one week following an Arrowhead victory and just off the banks of Lake Erie, the Kansas City Chiefs sought their second-consecutive win this season but fell to the Cleveland Browns 30-7 on Sunday.

The day looked very promising for Kansas City. On the team’s first drive, RB Jamaal Charles silenced the Cleveland crowd by dashing 80 yards for the score and an early KC lead, 7-0.

Kansas City’s defense forced the Browns to punt on their first possession, putting the ball back in the hands of Chiefs QB Brady Quinn, who led the Chiefs on an eight-play drive to Cleveland’s three-yard line. One penalty later forced Chiefs K Ryan Succop into a 27-yard FG attempt, which hit the left upright and fell to the ground no good, perhaps a foreshadow of an afternoon that wasn’t meant to be.

Trailing 7-0, Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden led his team on an 11-play drive, covering 76 yards, which led to a 23-yard FG make by Browns K Phil Dawson (his 300th-career make). KC 7 CLE 3.

The Chiefs took over and moved the ball to their own 46-yard line before Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt’s 41-yard punt was returned for a 93-yard TD by WR Travis Benjamin, the longest in Cleveland’s history. CLE 10 KC 7. The score remained the same into halftime.

Cleveland opened the third quarter with a drive that led to Kansas City’s one-yard line, where Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson later dove over the pile for the score. The drive lasted seven plays, covered 60 yards and took 2:32 off the clock. CLE 17 KC 7.

The rain began to fall in the third quarter and with it the hopes of a Chiefs epic comeback.

On the very next drive, it was déjà vu for the Chiefs, who saw another ball bounce not in their favor but instead into the hands of a Cleveland defender, DB Tashaun Gipson, for his first-career INT.

Dawson booted another field goal, this one from 24 yards out to make it CLE 20 KC 7.

Richardson added his second TD of the game in the fourth quarter to tie Jim Brown for the most rushing TDs by a rookie in team history (9).

One more Dawson FG, this one from 34 yards out, made the score 30-7 and it remained that way through the final horn.

The Chiefs are now 2-11 and will look to regroup before Raiders Week. Kansas City travels to face Oakland on Sunday.

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