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After their scoreless first half, the answer likely would be “no way.”
Even Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, in his post-game press conference, said. “We were our own worst enemy” with too many penalties, sacks and bad moves. The Vikings were ahead 10-0 at the end of the half.
Things looked a little better in the second half, however.
As it turned out the Vikings won 16-10.
The first quarter saw a 24-yard Viking field goal by Blair Walsh on Minnesota’s second possession.
The second quarter saw an 11-play, 51 yard Minneapolis drive conclude with a touchdown by Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph and PAT to make the score 10-0 Vikings. Chiefs defensive lineman Mike DeVito was injured and had to leave the game.
Walsh kicked a 45-yard field goal with 8:51 left in the third quarter.
In the third quarter was a “maybe” with a drive starting at the 20 and ending at the 8 yard line, but with the Chiefs failing to make with a scoring attempt at 4th and inches. The drive included a 40-yard catch by Jeremy Maclin.
Otherwise the quarter saw “shy” gains by Jamaal Charles substitute Charcandrick West, Albert Wilson and Knile Davis — and drops by Chris Conley.
A Kansas City drive which started at the end of the third quarter concluded near the start of the fourth quarter with a 48-yard field goal by Cairo Santos. Score: 3-13.
An interception by rookie Chief’s defensive back Marcus Peters, yielded a drive starting at the Kansas City 23 yard line. That concluded with a 42-yard run by wide receiver Albert Wilson that made the score 10-13.
With gains by Viking running back Matt Asiata, a Minneapolis drive concluded with 45-yard field goal from Walsh. Score: 10-16.
Soon after that was what many said was a “highly unusual” event. West fumbled after being hit by Chiefslineman Donald Stephenson, Viking linebacker Edmond Robinson recovered, but Minneapolis failed to gain a first down.
A drive that started with a 13-yard drive by Davis from the 20, was followed by two incomplete passes. On fourth and 10 the Chiefs would try again, but a pass to Wilson was incomplete.
With only two minutes left, the Vikings took the knee and recorded a 16-10 victory.
Maclin went out with a head injury midway through the half.
So the Chiefs are 1-5, with eight games left in the regular season. The Vikings are 3-2 and next week meet the 1-5 Lions, who Sunday beat the Chicago Bears 37-34, in Detroit. The Chiefs and Vikings did not meet each other in 2014 or 2013.
Missouri’s other team, the St. Louis Rams, were off this week. The Rams are 2-3 after losing 24-10 to the Green Bay Packers Oct. 11 and next week meet the Cleveland Browns, 2-4 after losing to the Denver Broncos 26-23 in overtime Sunday.
The Chiefs next week meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in Kansas City. The Steelers are 4-2 after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 25-13 Sunday.
The Chiefs meet the Lions in London Nov. 1 (one of three NFL games to be held there this year), and have a bye the following week.
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