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Archive for Monday, September 11, 1995

CHIEFS UNDEFEATED SIDEBAR

September 11, 1995

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— Greg Hill threw a major scare into Chiefs' fans midway through overtime on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Hill, Kansas City's second-year running back out of Texas A&M, fumbled after gaining 11 yards on a first-and-10 from the New York Giants' 17.

KC tight end Keith Cash recovered at the 6, setting the stage for Lin Elliott's game-winning 23-yard field goal with 7:11 left in OT.

"When I ran off the field, I saw a lot of people had their hands on their hearts. I just wanted to see how many of them had heartbeats," Hill said after the Chiefs' 20-17 victory.

Hill, who topped the century mark in rushing yards in last week's win over Seattle, gained just 22 yards on six carries. Marcus Allen had 86 yards on 19 carries.

"I didn't play much the second half. It was Marcus' day," Hill said.

Anders the pass catcher: Fullback Kimble Anders, who rushed for 35 yards on five carries, caught 11 passes for 68 yards. "Steve got out in the flats and threw me the football," Anders said of Steve Bono, who completed 29 of 47 passes for 183 yards, one touchdown and an interception. "I have a lot of confidence in Steve and a lot of confidence in myself."

Anders said the victory, though "ugly," could prove beneficial. KC wiped out a 14-point deficit in the last 10:56.

"We showed some heart today," Anders said.

Hampton baffled: New York halfback Rodney Hampton gained 70 yards on 19 carries the first half; nine yards on seven carries the second.

"In the second half, they tried to take the run away from us," Hampton said. "They did something different. I don't know what it was."

"We tried to stack the middle more," explained KC free safety Mark Collins, a former member of the Giants.

  • Tough loss: The Giants, who lost to Dallas, 35-0, last Monday night, fell to 0-2. "These are the kind that hurt the worst," said Giants' coach Dan Reeves. "You have the game in hand and an opportunity to win it. We made some progress and have to keep fighting."

  • Injuries: KC corner Dale Carter suffered what was called a bruised arm in the first half and did not return. Former Kansas defensive back Doug Terry, who had no tackles, suffered from nausea and did not play much the second half...

  • Stats, facts: KC won its seventh straight home opener...Derrick Thomas had two sacks. It was his 16th multi-sack game...Kimble Anders had 11 catches, one shy of the team record of 12 set by Ed Podolak in 1973...Wide receiver Danan Hughes scored his first career TD...The Chiefs are 5-7-2 in overtime...An 87-yard fumble return by tackle Keith Hamilton was the longest in Giants' history, surpassing an 81-yarder by Andy Headen in 1984...The Giants gained just 45 yards on 17 plays in the final half...

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