Determined not to let Browns' return man Josh Cribbs dish out the sort of damage he did a year ago, kicker Ryan Succop and punter Dustin Colquitt combined to make sure that Cribbs' opportunities for a run-back were few and far between.
The Chiefs' strategy led to some sacrifices in field position, but given Cribbs' explosiveness – which he displayed in the game with a 65-yard touchdown catch – it's hard to argue against their decision.
The Chiefs' star on special teams was clearly Succop, who connected with three field goals from distances of 35, 26, and 23 yards out. With the margin of victory a mere two points, one miss would have been the difference in the game.
On the other side of the coin, Kansas City's newfound prowess in the return game was held in check by excellent coverage from Cleveland's coverage teams. Last Monday night against San Diego, Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster helped set a new team record with 160 punt return yards. Against Cleveland on Sunday, the team only managed six.
Other than Succop's performance, it was a quiet day for the Chiefs' special teams, which they'll gladly take when a player like Cribbs is involved.
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