Cassel rallies Chiefs for 28-24 win at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Cassel finally found a winning hand Sunday.
He used Dwayne Bowe's size and Steve Breaston's speed to pick apart Indianapolis' defense.
Cassel threw four touchdown passes — two each to Bowe and Breaston — leading the Chiefs back from a 17-point first-half deficit for a 28-24 victory over the winless Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
With Bowe breaking tackles and Breaston eluding the Colts' coverage, Kansas City (2-3) tied the largest comeback in franchise history. Bowe had seven catches for 128 yards, Breaston finished with four catches for 50 yards and Jackie Battle carried 19 times for 119 yards.
The injured Peyton Manning stood on the sideline for the Colts' latest loss. He watched from about 30 yards down field. He was dressed in khaki pants, a white shirt and a blue baseball hat and was often seen folding a paper and consulting with Curtis Painter and the Colts' receivers.
Whatever Manning said worked brilliantly in the first half when Painter was 12 of 17 for 237 yards with two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 152.2. But it was an eerily familiar second half. Painter went 3 of 10 for 40 yards, and the Colts defense never found an answer for the Cassel-to-Bowe combination.
Indy is 0-5 for the first time since 1997, the year before Manning came to Indianapolis. It's the Colts' first five-game losing streak in a decade.
Cassel made sure the Colts wouldn't end their losing streak against Kansas City.
After trailing 17-0 and 24-7 in the first half, the Chiefs offense woke up.
Cassel moved the Chiefs 80 yards in six plays, hooking up with Breaston, who made a nifty stop near the sideline and dived into the end zone with for a 16-yard TD with 13 seconds left in the half. That got the Chiefs within 24-14.
In the final minute of the third quarter, Cassel found Bowe for a 5-yard TD pass to make it 24-21.
And then, after dominating the second half and seeing starting cornerback Jerraud Powers leave with a hamstring injury, Cassel went back to Breaston, who was covered by Powers' replacement, rookie Chris Rucker. The 11-yard score gave Kansas City its only lead of the day with 5:15 left in the game.
The frantic rally wiped out a rare fast start from the Colts.
Painter opened the game with a 6-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon for a 7-0 lead, then set up Adam Vinatieri for a 53-yard field goal, his longest since 2002, to make it 10-0. Painter and Garcon hooked up again for a 67-yard TD pass that gave Indy a 17-0 early in the second quarter, and Delone Carter scored on a 3-yard run late in the first half to give Indy a 24-7 lead.