Kansas City. Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New Orleans Saints 27-21 on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, ending the Saints' two-game winning streak.
The Saints (2-4) rallied after trailing 21-7 at halftime, making it a three-point game with 2:33 to play on quarterback Drew Brees' 10-yard scoring pass to Brandon Coleman. But Kansas City was able to add on a 41-yard field goal by Cairo Santos after recovering the Saints' onside kick.
Saints rookie receiver Michael Thomas continued to impress, catching 10 passes for 130 yards, including several key catches on the final scoring drive for the Saints. Brees finished 37 of 48 for 367 yards with three touchdown and one interception.
But turnovers and penalties hurt the Saints' chances against Kansas City (4-2). Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensam returned a tipped pass from Brees for a 48-yard touchdown in the first half and Saints running back Mark Ingram II had the ball stripped from him on the 6-yard line in the fourth quarter, ending an excellent scoring chance for the Saints. New Orleans was penalized 10 times for 75 yards. A personal foul call on Nick Fairley helped Kansas City extend their final drive.
The Chiefs scored on a 46-yard screen pass from Alex Smith to Spencer Ware, a 48-yard interception return from Daniel Sorensen, a 38-yard TD catch by Tyreek Hill and a 39-yard Santos field goal.
The Saints scored on their opening possession - the fourth consecutive game they have done that - on a 9-yard pass from Brees to Drew Brees. Brees connected with Ingram on a 3-yard scoring pass in the third quarter.
The Saints lost three players to injury in the first half: left tackle Terron Armstead, left guard Senio Kelemete and special-teamer Jake Lampman. Armstead re-entered the game in the second quarter and played the rest of the game.
The Saints ran for 104 yards with Ingram finishing with 62 yards and Terron Armstead adding 39 yards on five carries. Ingram was fighting for extra yards when Chiefs safety Ron Parker knocked the ball loose. It was recovered by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters.
Punter Thomas Morstead had an excellent game, averaging 48.3 yards on his four punts.
The Saints will host the Seattle Seahawks at noon Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Saints stat leaders
Brees, 37 of 48 for 367 yards with three touchdowns and one interception
Ingram, 16 carries for 62 yards
Thomas, 10 catches for 130 yards
Chiefs stat leaders
Smith, 17 of 24 for 214 yards and two touchdowns
Ware, 17 carries for 77 yards
Jeremy Maclin, four catches for 40 yards