|Date of game: 9/7/2014
Recap: Kansas City vs. Tennessee
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Succop kicked four field goals against his former team and Jake Locker threw for a pair of touchdowns in Tennessee's 26-10 season-opening victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Last season, Kansas City started 9-0. Quarterback Alex Smith was rewarded with a lucrative contract extension last month, but on Sunday he threw a pair of interceptions to Jason McCourty.
Succop had been the kicker in Kansas City the past five seasons, but was released by the Chiefs at the final roster cut down on Aug. 30. He had successful kicks of 36, 31, 46 and 47 yards.
"It was an awesome day," Succop said. "It was great to come back to Kansas City. I feel very blessed to feel here with an organization and a team like the Titans and thankful that the day went the way it did."
Locker finished 22-of-33 for 266 yards for the Titans (1-0), who are starting over under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt after going 7-9 and finishing second in a weak AFC South last season under Mike Munchak.
"Our plan called for a lot of different guys to touch the football, and we were able to do that tonight," said Locker.
Smith connected on 19-of-35 throws for 202 yards with a fourth quarter TD pass to Anthony Fasano, but the Chiefs (0-1) couldn't overcome a huge deficit after giving up 23 consecutive points.
"We failed to get in any rhythm," said Smith. "We had some chunk plays early, but we didn't sustain any drives."
To make matters worse, the Chiefs lost Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and starting defensive end Mike DeVito to ruptured Achilles tendons. The injuries were announced by Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who entered his second season with the club after orchestrating the greatest single-season turnaround in franchise history.
The Chiefs went 11-5 in 2013 after finishing 2-14 the previous year.
The Titans rolled up 405 yards of offense, but trailed less than two minutes into the game.
Cairo Santos, a Brazilian native out of Tulane, kicked a 35-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead. The ball caromed off the right upright.
A 48-yard try by Santos clanked off the left upright to cap Kansas City's next possession.
The Titans moved ahead on Locker's 5-yard TD strike to Delanie Walker in the back of the end zone with 3:31 remaining in the first half. Locker converted a key 3rd-and-8 situation with an 8-yard connection to Leon Washington to move the ball to the KC 33.
Smith made a crucial mistake just before halftime. Backed up to his own 2, Smith's long pass to Donnie Avery was picked off by McCourty at the KC 42. Locker took advantage with a completed pass for 14 yards to Kendall Wright and a couple of scrambles that totaled 10 yards. That led to Succop's 36-yard field goal with three seconds remaining.
Tennessee expanded its lead to 17-3 on the opening possession of the second half when Locker found Wright for a 6-yard TD pass. On 3rd-and-2, Wright caught the ball on the right side and stretched to the pylon.
McCourty came up with another pick of a deep ball with nearly 6 1/2 minutes left in the third on a ball destined for Avery. The 43-yard return was negated when replay showed McCourty was touched down following the leaping interception. Succop, though, booted a 31-yard field goal with 2:46 left in the quarter.
A 46-yard kick from Succop early in the fourth extended the lead to 23-3 before Smith found Fasano from five yards out to cap a 10-play, 83-yard march.
Succop kicked a 47-yard field goal with 4:50 remaining.Game Notes
Shonn Greene gained 71 yards on 15 carries for the Titans ... Smith was KC's
leading rusher with 36 yards ... Jamaal Charles was limited to 19 yards on
seven carries ... Avery had seven receptions for 84 yards.