KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- On a day dominated by offense, it took a
defensive back to settle things.
Indianapolis star Peyton Manning had already thrown five
touchdown passes when he lofted the ball into Kansas City's end
zone with just under 2 minutes left Sunday. This time, the catch in
the end zone belonged to Chiefs safety Greg Wesley, who returned
the ball 65 yards to seal Kansas City's 45-35 victory.
"We didn't want it to have to happen that way," Wesley said.
"But they've got a powerful offense. We knew that coming in. We
knew it wasn't going to be easy -- but the only thing that matters
is that 'W.' "
Kansas City's win broke a seven-game losing streak against the
Colts (4-3), who didn't even have to punt in their 38-31 AFC
divisional playoff victory over the Chiefs last season. Before
Sunday, Kansas City (3-4) hadn't beaten Indianapolis since 1985 and
had lost five straight to the Colts at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas City won back-to-back games for the first time this year,
while Indianapolis lost its second straight.
"It's disappointing, because I know we can play a lot better
and we're not doing it," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.
Green threw for 389 yards and three scores, two to tight end
Tony Gonzalez, and Holmes overcame an early fumble to finish
with 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
"It was just demoralizing, having them score all the time,"
Colts cornerback Nick Harper said.
The Chiefs finished with 590 yards, the Colts with 505 -- the
third-highest single-game total in NFL history.
"When you get 590 yards of offense I don't know what you left
out," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "I've never been involved
in 590 yards of offense. I don't add that high.
Green's 14 straight completions in the first half were one short
of Len Dawson's team record from 1967. His 5-for-5 performance on
Kansas City's last scoring drive was just as important.
Manning's 6-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne, Wayne's second TD
catch of the day, pulled Indianapolis within 38-35 with just under
5½ minutes left. The play came on fourth down.
But Green's 25-yard throw to Eddie Kennison got Kansas City to
the Colts 19. Green hit Gonzalez for a 14-yard score and a 45-35
It was a free play for the Chiefs, because Indianapolis' Raheem Brock jumped offside.
"Once you get a team offsides, you have a little bit of freedom
to make a riskier throw," Green said. "Tony's one of those guys
where you put it up high and he's going to go get it."
"It was a bad decision on my part," Manning said. "It was
just a bad throw."
Before then, Manning picked the Chiefs' defense apart seemingly
at will. Only overthrows of several open receivers kept him from
ringing up more yardage and at least two more touchdowns.
The Colts trailed 31-14 at the half, but Manning was 6-for-6 for
162 yards in the third quarter and pulled them to 31-28 by the end
of the period on TD passes of 22 yards to Marvin Harrison and 41
yards to Wayne.
Holmes scored from inches out with just under 13 minutes left in
the game for a 38-31 lead.
The Chiefs stuffed a fake punt on Indianapolis' opening
possession, then Holmes fumbled at the Colts 5 and Idrees Bashir
Two pass interference penalties helped the Colts move to their
48, and Manning hit Harrison for a 52-yard score and a 7-0 lead.
The Chiefs answered with Green's 21-yard scoring pass to
Gonzalez later in the first quarter -- Gonzalez's 500th career
reception -- and his 7-yard TD throw to Johnnie Morton early in the
Holmes ran 21 yards on a draw play for a 21-7 lead, but
Manning's 5-yard pass to Pollard made it 21-14 before the Chiefs
closed the half with Holmes' 11-yard run and Lawrence Tynes'
32-yard field goal.
Holmes' ninth three-touchdown game moved him into a tie
with Arizona's Emmitt Smith for second on the NFL career list. Jim Brown holds the record with 10 three-TD games. ... The five-TD game
was the fifth of Manning's career. His career high is six. ... With
82 yards on three pass receptions, Holmes' 225 total yards moved
him past former WR Otis Taylor for the Chiefs' career lead. Holmes
has 7,579 yards for Kansas City, to 7,467 for Taylor.
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