Two of the NFL's most disappointing teams put on quite a show in prime time. And after all the wild plays and big offensive numbers last night, a phantom penalty that preceded...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Two of the NFL’s most disappointing teams put on quite a show in prime time.
And after all the wild plays and big offensive numbers last night, a phantom penalty that preceded a 9-yard touchdown catch by Eddie Kennison helped lift the Kansas City Chiefs past the undermanned Tennessee Titans 49-38.
Trent Green capped a 64-yard drive in slightly more than a minute with his third touchdown pass.
One play earlier, he was aided immensely by a personal foul on rookie Travis LaBoy for a hit to Green’s helmet. But replays indicated LaBoy hit Green on the shoulder.
The teams combined for 925 yards, 233 by Titans receiver Drew Bennett, a career high and the most in the league this season.
Bennett, a converted quarterback, caught three touchdown passes from Billy Volek, who threw for a career-high 426 yards in replacing the injured Steve McNair.
Tennessee (4-9) gained 542 yards and managed to lose.
But the Titans had gone ahead 38-35 when rookie Randy Starks pounced on Tony Richardson’s bobbled handoff at the Kansas City 17, and Gary Anderson kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:39 remaining.
The Chiefs (5-8), who got two long touchdown runs from Larry Johnson, surged back.
They completed the scoring on Kawika Mitchell’s 39-yard return of a fumble as the Titans botched a lateral play with eight seconds remaining.
The Titans lacked nine starters, including McNair, last year’s league co-MVP, when the game began and lost three more during it.
But they led much of the night and tied the score at 35 on a 4-yard TD reception by Derrick Mason moments before Green’s exchange with fullback Richardson fell to the ground.