CLEVELAND — Coming off an emotionally draining week in the aftermath of tragedy, the Kansas City Chiefs fell 30-7 to the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Before the end of the first quarter, running back Jamaal Charles had already gained over 100 yards on the ground, most of which came on the Chiefs’ opening play from scrimmage. Charles broke off an 80-yard touchdown run to put the Chiefs up 7-0.
Cleveland (5-8, 4-3 home) responded by scoring 30 unanswered points.
Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed his first career field goal under 30 yards, a missed 27-yd attempt that ricocheted off the right upright.
Kansas City (2-11, 1-5 away) led 7-3 heading into the second quarter, but the Browns had early fireworks of their own. A 93-yard punt return TD by rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin gave the Browns a 10-7 lead, a lead they carried into halftime.
The Browns opened up the second half with a 60-yd TD drive. Succop’s kickoff sailed out of bounds to give the Browns the ball at the 40-yard line. Rookie RB Trent Richardson’s one-yard TD run extended the lead to 17-7.
On the ensuing drive, Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn threw an interception deep in Chiefs territory. That set up a 24-yd FG by Phil Dawson that pushed the lead to 20-7. Cleveland took a 27-7 lead on another one-yard rushing TD by Richardson on the next drive, capping an 82-yd drive that spanned 6:25 minutes.
Cleveland outgained Kansas City 352-310 in total yards. Charles finished the game with 165 yards on 18 carries and one TD. Richardson had 18 carries for 42 yards and two TD’s.
Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali finished the game with two sacks, while defensive end Tyson Jackson added one. Cleveland’s defense finished with five sacks. The surging Browns have won three straight games, and five of their last eight.
Kansas City hits the road next Sunday to face the Oakland Raiders in the Black Hole.