Lowery Kicks His Way Into Record Book : AFC: His four field goals help Chiefs beat Seahawks, 19-6, and make him Kansas City’s all-time leading scorer.
Nick Lowery, the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history, kicked four field goals and became the Kansas City Chiefs’ all-time scoring leader Sunday in a 19-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
The Chiefs (8-5) escaped the doldrums of the last two games, losses that dropped them out of the AFC West lead. They also virtually eliminated the Seahawks from the AFC wild-card race as the Seahawks (6-7) lost for the third time in four weeks.
Lowery become Kansas City’s top scorer by kicking field goals of 20, 28, 36 and 39 yards and one extra point. He has 1,236 points in 12 seasons, breaking the club scoring record of 1,231 points set by Jan Stenerud from 1967 through 1979.
Lowery has 280 field goals, which tops Stenerud’s club record of 279.
Lowery, 35, struggled before hooking on with the Chiefs in 1980. He kicked in only two games with New England in 1978 and didn’t play in 1979.
“It’s hard to believe that I had 11 tryouts with eight teams before landing a job with Kansas City,” Lowery said. “This is unbelievable because I didn’t think I’d make it anywhere in the league.
“I kick eight yards back as opposed to 7 1/2 by most NFL kickers. That makes it very difficult for other teams to block it up the middle.”
Steve DeBerg guided the Chiefs to the game’s only touchdown, a 17-play, 75-yard fourth-quarter drive that he capped with an eight-yard pass to Pete Holohan to give Kansas City a 19-3 lead.
The Seahawks were limited to field goals of 19 and 26 yards by John Kasay, going without a touchdown for the first time since Sept. 9, 1990, when they were shut out by Chicago, 17-0.
The Chiefs came into Seattle after losing back-to-back games to Denver and Cleveland. The Cleveland score was 20-15 as Christian Okoye fumbled twice inside the Browns’ five-yard line and DeBerg had two passes intercepted.
“Last week was an embarrassment to all of us,” Chief Coach Marty Schottenheimer said. “This week we took care of the football, controlled the ball and played solid defense.”
The Chiefs sacked Dave Krieg five times for losses of 37 yards, with Tracy Simien and Derrick Thomas each getting two sacks.
Simien also recovered a fumble and Deron Cherry intercepted a pass by Krieg in the third quarter to become the 23rd player in NFL history to intercept 50 or more passes in his career. It was Cherry’s 11th interception against the Seahawks, and ninth against Krieg.
Seattle had only one first down rushing, and that came on its first series.
DeBerg completed 17 of 26 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown. He did not throw an interception and the Chiefs didn’t have a turnover.
Krieg completed 16 of 25 passes for 263 yards, with one interception. John L. Williams was Seattle’s leading rusher with 20 yards.
The Chiefs lost Okoye early in the second quarter when he took a hit on his right knee and sustained a sprain. Barry Word rushed for 96 yards in 26 carries in his place.