Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kansas City Refuses Overtime for 31-26 Victory over Patriots

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kansas City Refuses Overtime for 31-26 Victory over Patriots

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Every month or so, Kansas City fans will just have to settle for a regulation victory.

Instead of providing the thrill of overtime, as they did in winning their first three home games, the Chiefs beat New England 31-26 in 60 minutes Sunday, giving them a 6-1 record for the first time since their Super Bowl season of 1969.

"They're just going to have to expect this once in a while," said defensive tackle Joe Phillips, who made a key fumble recovery. "It's a chance they take when they buy a ticket."

"I worked as hard today and the players worked as hard today as we did in the overtime games," coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

Steve Bono bootlegged 2 yards for one touchdown and passed for two more as the Chiefs handed the slumping Patriots (1-5) a fifth straight loss.

New England coach Bill Parcells suffered from dehydration and was advised by Dr. Jim Dineen to sit down and rest after the game and not meet with the media. Parcells was not thought to be seriously ill.

The Patriots did put a season-high point total on the board and refused to wilt, taking charge in the second half after the Chiefs had taken a 24-10 halftime lead.

It wasn't fully decided until Dale Carter intercepted Drew Bledsoe's pass with about 1:40 left.

"We looked a little better, but that's not the object, to look better," New England linebacker Vincent Brown said. "Let's face it, they're not the defending Super Bowl champions. They're not the '77 Steelers. You get my drift?"

The Patriots provided late drama with the help of a weird play in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Tony Brown caught a Bledsoe pass but fumbled. In the scramble, 295-pound tackle Max Lane grabbed the ball out of the air and ran 30 yards to the 6, setting up Bledsoe's scoring pass to Will Moore, making it 31-26 with 2:07 left.

"The momentum had definitely turned in their favor, and it's tough getting it to swing back," Chiefs guard Dave Szott said. …

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