Kansas City, Mo. Ryan Succop got a second chance to test out his new approach to dealing with the swirling wind at Arrowhead Stadium.
Flabbergasted at the way his 39-yard attempt in overtime hooked left, Kansas City’s place kicker took a different aim when given another opportunity to win the game.
This time, he sent the ball through the uprights from 35 yards, lifting the Chiefs to a 13-10 victory over Buffalo as time expired in a wild overtime Sunday.
“I hit (the first one) really well, as crazy as that sounds,” Succop said. “I guess I learned something from the first one and realized I’m going to have to put this ball outside the post because there was that much wind today. I feel very blessed to have the second opportunity.”
Blessed does not describe the way Succop’s Buffalo counterpart was feeling after his overtime miss led to the Bills’ third-worst start to a season in franchise history.
Rian Lindell kicked what would have been a 53-yard game-winner earlier in the overtime. But the kick was nullified because the Chiefs (5-2) had called timeout. His second try was a wobbler in the wind that struck the right upright and gave Kansas City another chance.
“It’s kind of a goofy deal, but it is what it is,” he said. “I just wanted to hit a good ball. I didn’t really, and then they said timeout, and I tried it again. I just got way too much turf on it. I wasn’t hitting a very good ball all day, and that was a good example of that.”
The victory kept the Chiefs comfortably atop the AFC West and made sure the Bills (0-7), with their second straight overtime loss, would remain the league’s only winless team.
“This one really hurts,” Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said.
“This is the first wild, wild one I’ve been in in the NFL,” said Chiefs’ rookie safety Eric Berry, whose interception of Fitzpatrick’s overthrown pass stopped Buffalo in Chiefs territory with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. “I’m just glad we came out on top.”
The Chiefs, the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense, ran for 274 yards against Buffalo’s league-worst rushing defense, with Jamaal Charles piling up 177 yards on 22 carries. He also had 61 yards on four catches, including a 16-yard catch to start the winning drive.
Thomas Jones had 77 yards on 19 carries as the Chiefs went over 200 yards three games in a row for the first time since 1978.