PHILADELPHIA -- Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid insisted his return to Philadelphia -- where he coached for 14 years -- was not about him.
He was wrong. His team, determined to make him a winner, rose to the occasion and defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-16, on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field in a game that was ragged but resourceful.
The Chiefs, in raising their record to 3-0, scored just one offensive touchdown. But they got four field goals from Ryan Succop and four turnovers from their opportunistic defense, including a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Eric Berry.
The Eagles fell to 1-2, in losing their eighth straight at home dating to last year under Reid, who was replaced by former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
The Chiefs salted the game with a 15-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 8 minutes, 15 seconds of the fourth quarter and ended with a 38-yard field goal by Succop.
The Eagles, who had been their worst enemies all night with four first-half turnovers, trailed 23-9 early in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Michael Vick bolted for 32 yards; connected with Jason Avant, who made a juggling 20-yard catch; and LeSean McCoy sprinted 41 yards for a touchdown, making it 23-16 with 11:36 to play.
The Chiefs, with Alex Smith completing four of four passes, including a key 23-yarder to Donnie Avery, scored their first offensive touchdown of the night on a 3-yard run by Jamaal Charles that gave them a 23-9 lead with 12:57 left to play in the game. Charles had been bottled up for much of the night but ripped off runs of 7 and 18 yards before going in for the score.
The Eagles made it 16-9 with a 29-yard field goal by Alex Henery midway through the third quarter. Henery had a chance to narrow the margin but missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt with 2:42 left in the third quarter.
Early on, the Chiefs took a 10-0 lead without the aid of a first down.
Former Eagle Quintin Demps returned the opening kickoff 57 yards to the Philadelphia 48, but the Chiefs managed just 3 yards of offense as Smith misfired on both of his pass attempts.
The Chiefs took advantage of more shoddy special-teams play by the Eagles when Philadelphia's Demaris Johnson muffed Dustin Colquitt's punt, and Cyrus Gray pounced on it at the Eagles 8. Three offensive plays lost 7 yards, and Succop gave the Chiefs a 3-0 lead with a 33-yard field goal with 12:08 to play in the first quarter.
On Philadelphia's third play from scrimmage, Chiefs linebacker Derek Johnson batted Vick's pass intended for tight end Brent Celek in the air and into the hands of free safety Eric Berry, who returned it 38 yards for the score. That gave the Chiefs a 10-0 lead in a span of 56 seconds despite not picking up a first down.
Vick struck back by blazing 61 yards on an option to the Chiefs' 26, leaving Chiefs defenders grasping for his shoes. Two plays later, Vick hit wide receiver Jason Avant, who had nickel back Husain Abdullah beat in the corner of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown with 5:06 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles, using a swinging-gate play, went for a two-point conversion, but Zack Ertz was stopped short, leaving the score at 10-6.
The Chiefs came up with one big offensive play in the first half on a short pass from Smith to Avery. On third and five from the Chiefs' 23, Smith hit Avery on a 5-yard pattern, and he made safety Patrick Chung miss at the 40, and ran 51 yards to the Philadelphia 26 for the Chiefs' longest play of the season.
After rookie Knile Davis ran for 12 yards and then 1 yard in place of Charles, the drive bogged down and Succop hit a 31-yard field goal for a 13-6 lead with 8:21 left in the half.
Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith intercepted Vick's pass intended for Riley Cooper at the Chiefs 43 with 6:17 left in the half, and the Philly faithful began booing the Eagles. A 26-yard catch and run from Smith to Avery and 21-yard completion to Charles moved the ball to the Philadelphia 23.
But again, the Chiefs, who had been five for five in the scoring zone in their first two games, stalled, and Succop made a 34-yard field goal with 2:26 left in the half.
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