KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs pass the ball to the outside against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter on October 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Vikings Fall Short Again In Kansas City, 22-17

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Vikings Threaten, But Fall Short. Final: 22-17

The Vikings made it interesting, but once again they fell short in heartbreaking fashion. Minnesota’s defense held the Chiefs to a three and out as the McNabb & Co. took over late in the fourth quarter. Another crafty end around from Percy Harvin got the ball into Kansas City territory, but McNabb missed terribly on four straight passes as the Vikings turned the ball over on downs.

The Chiefs ran out the clock for their first victory of the 2011 season. Meanwhile, the Vikings are making a serious run at “Worst Team In The NFL” status at 0-4.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Minnesota for more reaction to yet another disappointing loss.


Hey Look! A Second Half Touchdown By The Vikings!

Too little too late? Probably, but at least the Vikings have found the end zone in the second half for the first time in 2011.

Just how out of place did the score feel? Bernard freaking Berrian actually caught a crucial pass to extend the drive on fourth and long. After Adrian Peterson got the Vikings to the doorstep, Donovan McNabb found Michael Jenkins on third and goal for a touchdown.

Including that TD, the Vikings have now only been outscored 80-16 after halftime this year. The Vikings still trail the Chiefs 22-17 with 5:50 remaining.


Dwayne Bowe Pounds A Nail Into The Vikings Coffin

It looks like the Vikings are going 0-4.

After (stop me if you’ve heard this before) yet another three and out by the Vikings, Matt Cassel hooked up with Dwayne Bowe on an all-too-easy 52-yard touchdown pass.

The Chiefs lead 22-10 early in the fourth quarter, and with how the Vikings have performed in the second half this year, that lead is probably insurmountable.


Field Goal Parade Continues, Chiefs Lead Increases to 15-10

Wow, this game sure feels like it’s between two 0-3 teams.

After yet another abysmal second half effort by Minnesota on offense, the Chiefs made quick work of the Vikings defense to get inside the 10 yard line. But once again proving that they’re the Chiefs, they couldn’t get into the end zone.

If you have Ryan Succop on your fantasy team, you’re probably thrilled—he hit his fifth field goal of the game as the Chiefs take a 15-10 lead into the fourth quarter.


Succop Hits From Long Range Again, 12-10 Chiefs

It’s Ryan Succop’s world; we’re all just living in it. The Chiefs kicker hit his fourth field goal of the day and second from beyond 50 yards to give Kansas City the lead.

The Chiefs had to start the drive from their own 7 yard line thanks to another special teams penalty, but they used the passing game to get into Minnesota territory. Cedric Griffin made a nice play and broke up a third down pass intended for Dwayne Bowe, but Succop snuck a 54-yard field goal inside the uprights to give Kansas City the lead once again with under six minutes left in the third quarter.


Vikings Regain Lead With Longwell Field Goal

After forcing a three and out on the Chiefs’ opening drive, the Vikings took advantage of good field position after a late hit penalty on Kansas City on a Marcus Sherels punt return.

Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson were responsible for the vast majority of the yardage as the Vikings got back to the Red Zone. The drive stalled when Donovan McNabb threw well behind Harvin on third down, but Ryan Longwell knocked through a 33-yard field goal to give the Vikings some points.

The Vikings lead again, 10-9 with just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter.


Succop Nails 51-yard Field Goal, Chiefs Head Into Locker Room With 9-7 Lead

Well, at least the Vikings can’t give away another halftime lead this week.

The Chiefs ran the two minute drill just well enough at the end of the first half, sneaking into field goal range with one second remaining. Ryan Succop sent his third field goal of the game through the uprights as time expired, giving the Chiefs the lead at halftime.


Chiefs Take Advantage Of McNabb Turnover, Cut Vikings Lead To 7-6

The Chiefs didn’t take long to capitalize on Donovan McNabb’s interception, getting deep into Vikings territory on the first play after the turnover. But the drive stalled after getting inside the Vikings’ 10, highlighted by Matt Cassel frustratingly throwing the ball into the ground on third down. Ryan Succop nailed a 23-yard field goal to cut the Vikings’ advantage to a single point with 5:15 remaining in the second quarter.


McNabb Interception Stops Promising Vikings Drive

The Vikings drove all the way into the Red Zone after beginning the drive on their own 19 yard line, highlighted by a 41-yard completion to Kyle Rudolph and a crucial 4th and 3 conversion to Visanthe Shiancoe. Adrian Peterson appeared to fumble, but the play was overturned and the Vikings kept the ball.

However, it just delayed the inevitable Minnesota turnover. On 3rd and 15, Donovan McNabb threw a screen pass over Toby Gerhart’s head, which was tipped and intercepted by Kansas City. The score remains 7-3 Vikings midway through the second quarter.


Vikings Lead 7-3 After The First Quarter

Another first quarter, another early lead for the Vikings.

The Chiefs chewed up over half the quarter with their drive to open the game, but the Vikings defense held strong in the Red Zone and held Kansas City to a 40-yard Ryan Succop field goal. On the ensuing drive, the Vikings pounded AP early to get past midfield. And then—are you sitting down?—Donovan McNabb completed a beautiful 34-yard touchdown pass over the top to Devin Aromashodu for a 7-3 Vikings lead. (I did NOT expect to type that sentence.)

The Vikings and Chiefs head into the second quarter with the Vikings still holding that 7-3 lead.

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