Bill Kenney threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns today as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-20, in a game with a National Football League record 100 passes.
Kenney, in his second start of the season, was 26 of 46 passing. Ken Lacy scored two touchdowns and Henry Marshall hauled in a 27-yard scoring pass as the Chiefs (5-4) handed the Buccaneers (3-6) their third straight defeat.
Tampa Bay's Steve DeBerg, who was 29 of 54 for 280 yards, threw touchdown passes of seven yards to Kevin House and five yards to Scott Dierking. Between them, the quarterbacks broke the record of 98 passes set by Minnesota and Baltimore in 1969.
"Is that right? I had no idea there had been that many balls thrown today," said Kenney. The right thumb he broke in the final preseason game was swollen and dripping blood. On a quarterback sneak in the second period, part of the nail was ripped away and a two-inch gash still was bleeding.
"That was a gutty performance by Bill Kenney," his coach, John Mackovic, said.
The Buccaneers drove to Kansas City's 10-yard line in the last three minutes, but lost the ball on downs with two seconds left.
Kansas City was nursing a 14-13 lead when Marshall beat John Holt down the left sideline and made an over-the-shoulder catch for the Chiefs' final touchdown with 9:20 remaining.
Kevin Ross intercepted DeBerg two minutes later and returned it 21 yards to the Tampa Bay 42 to set up Nick Lowery's 47-yard field goal. But the Buccaneers recovered Herman Heard's fumble on the Chiefs' five-yard line with 4:07 left and DeBerg passed to Dierking for a touchdown.
Lowery, one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL, missed on field goal attempts the first two times the Chiefs had the ball. Kansas City drove from its 25 to the Tampa Bay 19 on its first possession but Lowery's kick from 37 yards was wide right. A few minutes later he was wide left from 50 yards.
A raggedly played first half ended with the teams swapping pass interceptions and tied at 7.