Rams Strike Late Defeat Chiefs 27-23

Going into the final preseason game of the year Kansas City wanted to get out of St. Louis without any injuries. For the most part they accomplished that as the new defensive starters showed up and the offense did just enough to show this team is ready for the season opener.

With their starting quarterback watching the game back in Kansas City, the Chiefs used Jonathan Quinn for the most of the game. Though he threw a pair of interceptions in the game, Quinn made some solid plays including a 28-yard touchdown in the second quarter to wide receiver Jeris McIntyre.

Quinn is certainly on the bubble to make the final roster. But with injuries to Trent Green, Todd Collins and Damon Huard, the former Bears quarterback could be the Chiefs opening day starter against the New York Jets a week from Sunday.

The game started off with a bang as two of the Chiefs newest defensive players made key plays. Linebacker Kendrell Bell in his first action of the preseason made the games initial tackle and cornerback Patrick Surtain made his first interception in a Chiefs uniform. Those were positive signs along with the play of defensive end Eric Hicks who looks like the player he was years ago.

In the first quarter St. Louis started the scoring with a 32-yard chip shot by kicker Jeff Wilkins given the Rams a 3-0 lead. The Chiefs scored the next six points as Lawrence Tynes nailed field goals from 37 and 28 yards respectively.

In the second quarter the Rams took the lead on a 1-yard run by Aveion Cason that gave the Rams a 10-6 lead. But that's when Jonathan Quinn took over. On consecutive drives he hit open receivers. The first drive ended with the touchdown pass to McIntyre giving the Chiefs a 13-10 lead. But on the second drive he hit Marc Boerigter on a picture perfect pass that gave Kansas City a first and goal. On the next play running back Dee Brown ran into the end zone from the 4-yard line. That gave Kansas City a 20-10 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Chiefs defense gave up some big plays as the Rams tied the score at 20-20. The biggest play of the quarter came on a third and eighteen. Back-up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick found wide receiver Shaun McDonald on a 40-yard strike cutting the deficit to three points. On the play, McDonald beat DeWayne Washington who is battling for a roster spot.

After an interception by Rams cornerback Kevin Garrett, Wilkins tied the score with a 47-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the game took a turn in the Chiefs favor. Rookie linebacker Kris Griffin intercepted a pass from Rams quarterback Jamie Martin. On the play Griffin slid under the intended receiver and took the ball inside the Rams 20-yard line. The drive stalled but Lawrence Tynes hit a 21-yard field goal giving the Chiefs a 23-20 lead.

But the defense could not hold onto the lead. The Rams engineered an 11-play drive that culminated with a 20-yard scoring strike from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Dane Looker. On the play linebacker Keyaron Fox was beat in man to man coverage and Kansas City lost the lead for good.

The Chiefs ended the preseason with an 0-4. Nontheless they don't have time to worry about that now as they must trim their rosters down to 53 players by 5:00 central time tomorrow afternoon.

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