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SAINTS 27, CHIEFS 20 | PATRIOTS' NEXT FOE: KANSAS CITY

Chiefs lose grip vs. Saints

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints have fallen behind early and often this season. And they have seldom come back.

Yesterday, with more than a little help from the Kansas City Chiefs, the Saints recovered from an early 10-point deficit, then scored a late touchdown to win.

Aaron Brooks threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Joe Horn midway through the fourth quarter and New Orleans beat the Chiefs, 27-20.

New Orleans (4-5), which has been outscored, 54-0, in the first quarter in the last seven games, trailed, 10-0, after one quarter against the Chiefs. But for a change the Saints were able to rally -- then hold on to win. With the score tied at 20, the Saints drove 72 yards to take the lead with 5:35 remaining. The Chiefs (3-6) responded by driving to the Saints 17, but running back Derrick Blaylock could not handle a pass from Trent Green and linebacker Orlando Ruff grabbed it.

The loss was the second straight for the Chiefs, dimming thoughts of a turnaround. Kansas City sparked hopes by beating Indianapolis and Atlanta at home in their prior two games, and return to Arrowhead to play the Patriots next Monday night. The Chiefs gained 497 yards, and Green threw for 311 yards. But Green, who had six touchdown passes in his last two games, was held to one scoring pass and was intercepted twice.

"The first three possessions we got 10 points out of it," Green said. "And then you can just go from there. It was frustrating for us the rest of the game."

"When you make about 500 yards of offense you probably ought to win and we didn't," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said.

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