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Chiefs hang on to beat Cowboys 17-16

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013, at 3:31 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Sep. 16, 2013, at 6:48 p.m.

The Preston Road Trophy belongs to Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt’s family once again.

The Chiefs, wearing all red uniforms for the first time in franchise history, defeated the Dallas Cowboys 17-16 on Sunday in front of 74,952 at Arrowhead Stadium, enabling Hunt to reclaim the trophy his family contests with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones whenever the teams play.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak to Dallas, and was the Chiefs’ first win over the Cowboys since 1998.

More importantly, the win gave the Chiefs a 2-0 record under coach Andy Reid, going into Thursday night’s game at Philadelphia, the team Reid coached for 14 years. It’s the first time since 2010 and second time since 2005 the Chiefs have started 2-0.

"I think that Preston Road Trophy is huge," Reid said afterward.

The Cowboys fell to 1-1.

Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt appeared to have buried the Cowboys at their 2 with 6:43 to play, but cornerback Marcus Cooper had gone out of bounds while covering the kick, downed the ball and was called for an illegal touch.

That made it a touchback and gave the ball to Dallas at their 20, and the Cowboys drew within 17-16 on Dan Bailey’s 53-yard field goal with 3:50 to play.

The Chiefs, behind the tough running of Jamaal Charles, who had been bottled up for more than three quarters, and a pass interference penalty against cornerback Morris Claiborne on a third-and-10 just before the 2-minute warning, were able to salt away all but the last 16 seconds.

The Chiefs converted the first turnover of the game into a 40-yard field goal by Ryan Succop and led 17-13 with 14:06 to play.

Chiefs linebacker Akeem Jordan forced Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar to fumble at the end of a 4-yard reception, and safety Eric Berry scooped up the ball and returned it 22 yards to the Dallas 31 with 38 seconds left in the third period.

The Chiefs were unable to pick up a first down, and Succop came on for the field goal.

A sack and a strip of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo by Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker early in the fourth quarter gave the Chiefs possession at the Cowboys 35, but the Chiefs were unable to take advantage and had to punt.

After doing nothing on their last five possessions of the first half, the Chiefs moved 80 yards in their first possession of the second half, quarterback Alex Smith hit wide receiver Dwayne Bowe with a 12-yard touchdown pass, giving the Chiefs a 14-13 lead with 2:53 left in the third quarter.

The Cowboys, who led 10-7 at halftime, took a 13-7 lead on the opening drive of the second half on Dan Bailey’s 30-yard field goal with 6:54 left in the third quarter.

Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant dominated the second quarter as the Cowboys took a 10-7 lead after the Chiefs opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Jamaal Charles.

Bryant took advantage of single coverage by the Chiefs Brandon Flowers and racked up five catches for 100 yards in the first quarter alone.

Bryant beat Flowers down the sidelines and hauled in pass from Tony Romo and took it for 53 yards to the Kansas City 29, setting up a 51-yard field goal by Dan Dailey that drew the Cowboys to within 7-3.

On Dallas’ next possession, Bryant made a diving catch behind Flowers for a 38-yard gain to the Chiefs’ 6. Then, he caught a five-yard pass from Romo, and after the Cowboys’ lost a yard on a running play, Bryant beat Flowers in the back of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown and 10-7 Cowboys lead with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Chiefs scored on their opening possession of the game with Smith capping a 13-play march with the touchdown flip to Charles.

Smith ran five times for 40 yards on the drive, including a diving 17-yard dash to the sidelines where he landed on his back, converting a third-and-13 to the Dallas 18.

The Chiefs’ offense was ineffective after that. They were forced to punt on their next four possessions, and Succop’s 57-yard field-goal attempt with 20 seconds left in the half was blocked.

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