Ryan Succop of the Chiefs and Adam Vinatieri traded three field goals apiece through three quarters, but the Colts Pro-Bowl kicker added a fourth and Indianapolis scored a touchdown late in the game to hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season 19-9.
Matt Cassel was 16 of 29 for 156 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions and had a few opportunities with a short field to work with, but couldn’t find the end zone.
The Chiefs were trailing 6-0 in the final minute of the first half, when the Colts tried to run the ball for a first down and got stopped at the KC 39. Cassel found Chris Chambers for 13 yards and an unnecessary roughness penalty tacked on 15 more. Cassel hit Tony Moeaki on a six yard pass setting up a 53 yard field goal from Succop with :02 left in the second quarter.
After a Chiefs’ three and out to start the second half, Peyton Manning drove the Colts down for their third field goal making the score 9-3. The Chiefs got down to the Indy 12 on the ensuing possession, but the drive stalled and Succop kicked a 35 yarder to make it 9-6.
The turning point in the game came on the next possession I think. I thought the Chiefs defense did a good job of harassing Manning all day, throwing off his timing, sending him to the ground a couple of times, but John McGraw’s interception set the Chiefs up again at the Colts’ 30 yard line.
Cassel went for the end zone, Dwayne Bowe had his receiver turned around, but dropped the pass as he was getting his feet down wasting a sure opportunity for six. On the next pass, Bowe let another one through his hands and on third down, Cassel threw a quick five yard bullet to Dexter McCluster who wasn’t looking for it and after three straight incompletions, the Chiefs had to settle for a 9-9 game on Succop’s third field goal of the game.
The Chiefs offense stalled twice in the fourth quarter with two more three and outs after the Colts went up 12-9 on Vinatieri’s fourth field goal. Indy scored on an 11 yard touchdown run from Mike Hart to go up by 11. The Chiefs needed two scores, moved the ball from their own 18 down to the Colts’ 33 while Cassel went 5 for 8, but Succop missed a chance to tie when his 51 yard attempt went wide.