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Chiefs, Hall Are Rolling

September 29, 2003|From Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Given a second chance by the blundering Baltimore Ravens, Dante Hall sprinted 97 yards into the NFL record book.

Hall's kickoff return with 5:08 left broke a tie and kept the Kansas City Chiefs unbeaten with a 17-10 victory Sunday.

Hall became the first player in NFL history to return a kick for a touchdown in three consecutive games. He took a kickoff 100 yards against Pittsburgh two weeks ago and returned a punt 73 yards against Houston last week before completing the trifecta against Baltimore.

The 5-foot-8 speedster did very little against the Ravens (2-2) until his final foray upfield -- after Baltimore's Adalius Thomas was called offside on the preceding kickoff.

"We made an adjustment on the direction we were going to run," Hall said.

Hall took the second kickoff from Wade Richey all the way, encountering few would-be tacklers during his record-setting jaunt.

"He finally gave us a ball to work with and we made him pay," Hall said. "The blocking was unbelievable. I started right, cut left, and my eyes got so big when I saw that hole. I'm getting bubbleguts again just thinking about it."

Led by running back Priest Holmes, Kansas City (4-0) came in averaging an NFL-best 37 points per game. Holmes was limited to 90 yards rushing in 22 attempts and the Chiefs' offense produced only 10 points, but on this day Holmes & Co. received plenty of help.

Kansas City intercepted three Kyle Boller passes, and Hall won the game with his electrifying return after Jamal Lewis, who finished with 115 yards rushing, tied the score with a one-yard run.

The game was billed as a showdown between Holmes, who started his career in Baltimore, and Lewis, who ran for an NFL-record 295 yards two weeks earlier. Holmes finished with fewer total yards than Lewis (159-103), but he got a victory.

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