Todd Blackledge threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Billy Jackson in the fourth period and Kansas City's defense intercepted four passes and sacked Paul McDonald a team-record 11 times today, leading the Chiefs to a 10-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The 11 sacks, for 78 yards in losses, were one short of the National Football League record. Linebacker Ken McAlister had three sacks and one interception and rookie nose tackle Bill Maas had three sacks for the Chiefs (3-2).
Jackson beat linebacker Eddie Johnson with 11:02 to play for Kansas City's first touchdown in eight quarters. Blackledge got the Chiefs going on the seven-play, 63-yard scoring drive with a 31-yard pass to Henry Marshall to the 19. A run and a six-yard pass to tight end Willie Scott moved it to the nine before Jackson's touchdown reception.
Cleveland (1-4) drove to the Chiefs' 30 with less than a minute left, but Deron Cherry intercepted McDonald and returned 67 yards.
"The key was McDonald," McAlister said. "He doesn't have fast feet and he likes to sit back there. He's not very mobile so he rarely leaves the pocket. And if there's a defender anywhere near his man (receiver), he won't throw the ball."
McDonald, who completed 17 of 38 passes, acknowledged, "It was a tough day at the office."