After completely shutting down the Steelers just a week ago, the lowly Chiefs put up 289 yards of offense-- in the first half-- and the Browns found themselves trailing 24-20 at the half.
Special teams have played a huge role in the first half as Josh Cribbs returned kickoffs for 100- and 103-yard touchdowns for the Browns only touchdowns. Meanwhile, a punt snap that went off a Browns' player's leg gave the Chiefs a gift touchdown late in the second quarter. Cribbs' returns were his seventh- and eighth of his NFL career. The first one broke the record for NFL kickoff returns.
The Chiefs have 184 yards passing and 105 rushing, while the Browns have just 122 yards on offense, with 30 coming from the air. Jerome Harrison has accounted for 85 yards (73 rushing, 12 receiving).
The Browns took the opening kickoff and took a 3-0 lead as they moved to the Chiefs' 30 before stalling and settling for a 47-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 10:13 to play in the first quarter. The Browns held the ball for 4:46 with a 12 play, 46-yard drive.
Brady Quinn was 2-of-5 for 19 yards on the drive, but missed Mohamed Massaquoi twice down the sideline on deep passes. Jerome Harrison carried four times for 24 yards and caught a 9-yard shovel pass from Quinn.
On the Chiefs' first drive, Corey Williams stripped the ball from Tim Castille and Matt Roth recovered at the Browns'36. However, two plays later, Quinn threw an interception to Brandon Carr and it was returned near midfield.
The Chiefs converted the turnover into a 30-yard field goal by Ryan Succop to tie the game with 4:12 left in the first quarter. The score was set up on a Matt Cassel to Chris Chambers deep pass for 31 yards to the Browns' 18 after Chambers took the ball away from Brandon McDonald. After a short run and two incomplete passes, the Chiefs kicked the field goal with 4:12 left.
On the ensuing kickoff, Josh Cribbs took the ball at the goal line and broke loose for 100 yards to make it 10-3 with 3:56 to play in the first quarter. On the return, Cribbs became the all-time leader in NFL career kickoff returns with seven.
The Browns extended their lead to 13-3 on their first possession of the second quarter as Dawson kicked his second field goal from 30 yards out with 12:32 to play in the first half. The Browns started at their own 48 after a short punt. A pass to Chansi Stuckey moved the ball to the Chiefs' 42. Harrison ran for seven to the 35 and then had a 14-yard run to the 21. A couple of short runs by Chris Jennings forced the Browns into the field goal.
After the field goal, the Chiefs moved 72 yards in just six plays as Cassel teamed up with Chambers for a nine-yard touchdown to make it 13-10 with 10:04 to play in the first half. On the previous play to the touchdown, Chambers beat Eric Wright down the sideline for 39 yards to the nine and then he beat McDonald for the score. Chambers had four receptions for 84 yards in the first half, including the touchdown.
After stopping the Browns, the Chiefs quickly took the lead at 17-13 with 4:10 left in the first half as Jamaal Charles broke through the line and went 47 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs covered 85 yards in just five plays. Charles had 83 yards in the first half.
After a three-and-out, the Browns lined up to punt and Ryan Pontbriand's snap to punter Reggie Hodges went off the leg of Nick Sorenson Al Studebaker recovered in the end zone for the score with 2:44 left to make it 24-13.
Twelve seconds later, Cribbs went 103 yards for another kickoff return to make it 24-20 with 2:31 left.
Making History: KR Josh Cribbs became the all-time leader in NFL history with seven kickoff returns as he went 100 yards for a score in the first quarter. It was the second kickoff return this season for Cribbs as he returned a kickoff against the Steelers earlier in the season. For an encore, Cribbs returned another kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter. The second return was for 103 yards.
Brady's Pick: QB Brady Quinn hadn't thrown an interception in the previous four games, but threw one in the first quarter against the Chiefs. He had thrown 150 passes without an interception until the errant throw. QB Brady Quinn was just 5-of-10 for 30 yards in the first half with one interception.
Harrison Show: RB Jerome Harrison had 12 carries for 73 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards. RB Chris Jennings had five carries for 11 yards. WR Chansi Stuckey had two receptions for 15 yards.
Roth Man: LB Matt Roth recovered a fumble and had the Browns only sack in the first half.
St. Clair, Bowens Down: Two more Browns starters went down in the first half. OT John St. Clair injured his ankle and was replaced by Floyd Womack. Hank Fraley went in at RG for Womack and later Rex Hadnot replaced Fraley. LB David Bowens also was dinged in the second quarter. Bowens was able to return after banging his knee.