SAINTS 27

CHIEFS 20 The New Orleans Saints have fallen behind early and often this season. And they have seldom come back.

On Sunday, the Saints recovered from an early 10-point deficit and then scored a late touchdown to win.

Aaron Brooks threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Joe Horn midway through the fourth quarter and New Orleans beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20.

"I've just got one thing to say," Horn said. "Everybody that said goodbye to us, we ain't gone yet."

New Orleans (4-5), which has been outscored 54-0 in the first quarter in the past seven games, trailed 10-0 after one quarter. But for a change the Saints were able to rally -- and then hold on to win.

With the score tied at 20, the Saints drove 72 yards to take the lead with 5 minutes 35 seconds remaining. The Chiefs (3-6) responded by driving to the Saints 17-yard line, but running back Derrick Blaylock could not handle a pass from Trent Green and linebacker Orlando Ruff grabbed it to preserve the victory.

"We got a heck of a rush and closed the pocket on him," Ruff said. "As he was getting ready to throw, they got an arm on him, which caused the ball to hang up on him. The whole time I was thinking, I can't mess this one up."

The Chiefs gained 497 yards. Blaylock, who started in place of injured Priest Holmes, had 33 carries for 186 yards and a touchdown, and Green threw for 311 yards. But Green, who had six touchdown passes in his past two games, was held to one scoring pass against New Orleans. He completed 22 of 33 passes and was intercepted twice.

"The first three possessions we got 10 points out of it," Green said. "And then you can just go from there. It was frustrating for us the rest of the game. Anytime you have the number of penalties that we had, both offensively and defensively, and the turnovers that we had, it's hard to win a game when you do that."

Both teams were hurt by penalties. Kansas City had 12 for 94 yards, including three personal fouls. The Saints had eight for 57 yards.

"When you make about 500 yards of offense you probably ought to win and we didn't," Chiefs Coach Dick Vermeil said. "We were minus in turnovers and penalties, ridiculous penalties."

The Saints' Deuce McAllister gets past Chiefs defenders en route to a first-half touchdown.