NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the winless New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Succop’s 43-yard field goal with 3 seconds left completed a methodical comeback by Kansas City (1-2) after the Saints (0-3) had cashed in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in the third quarter.
Kansas City needed only one touchdown to win, a 91-yard run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving.
The Chiefs also got a safety in the fourth quarter on Justin Houston’s third sack of the game.
Drew Brees passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and overtime.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kansas City center Rodney Hudson and receiver Dexter McCluster left Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints after being injured in the third quarter.
Trainers have looked at Hudson’s right knee, and he’s been replaced by Ryan Lilja, who moved over from left guard, while Jeff Allen came in to play guard.
McCluster hurt his shoulder, which had been bothering him during the week, leaving his status as questionable coming into the game. His injury occurred when fell after making a short catch, letting the ball go moments before he would have been touched down by cornerback Jabari Greer. Officials initially ruled McCluster down, but the call was changed on replay review to a fumble recovered by New Orleans.
CHICAGO (AP) — Major Wright returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, and the Chicago Bears beat the St. Louis Rams 23-6 on Sunday.
The defense came to the rescue against the Rams (1-2), holding them to 160 yards and sacking Sam Bradford six times. That was enough on a day when Jay Cutler struggled, and the Bears (2-1) came away with the win after an ugly loss to Green Bay the previous week.
The Bears had just kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 13-6 in the fourth quarter when Wright came up with the big return. Bradford had been hit hard by Israel Idonije and Stephen Paea on the previous play when Tim Jennings deflected a slant intended for Danny Amendola.
Wright caught the ball at the 45 and ran untouched to the end zone, making it a 14-point game and finally giving the Bears some breathing room.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Carlos Santana homered twice and drove in five runs yesterday as the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 15-4. Asdrubal Cabrera and Ezequiel Carrera each added a pair of RBIs for the Indians. The loss officially eliminated the Royals from playoff contention and assured them another losing record. The Roylas will travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers tonight; first pitch at 6:10.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Chicago Cubs 6-3 yesterday to remain two-and-a-half games up on Milwaukee for the second NL wild card spot. Lohse earned win No. 16 after allowing three runs in six innings. Alfonso Soriano hit a solo home run for the Cubs. The Cardinals will be in Houston to take on the Astros tonight: first pitch at 7:05.