Cardinals 22, Chiefs 17
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ First, the Arizona Cardinals used Garrison Hearst as a decoy. Then, with the Kansas City Chiefs watching for more tricks, they turned him loose.
Hearst, a disappointment since the Cardinals drafted him No. 3 overall in 1993, had a 47-yard run nullified by a holding penalty Friday night. But he still picked up 49 yards in the first quarter, helping the Cardinals to a 10-0 lead en route to a 22-17 preseason victory.
The Chiefs scored on Steve Bono’s 4-yard pass to Danan Hughes, J.J. Smith’s 1-yard run, and a 44-yard field goal by Lin Elliott.
Elliott’s fourth field goal without a miss in the preseason, with 5:15 left, gave the Chiefs a 17-16 lead.
But Arizona fullback Ryan Terry, listed as a fifth-stringer, bolted 25 yards to the Kansas City 7, setting up Larry Centers’ 4-yard scoring run with 1:02 left.
It was the second straight exciting finish for the Cardinals, who beat the Houston Oilers 16-13 last week on a late TD pass.
Greg Davis, who kicked field goals of 35 and 23 yards before halftime, hit one from 30 yards late in the third quarter to lift Arizona into a 16-14 lead. That held up until Rich Gannon took the Chiefs 46 yards in six plays for Elliott’s kick.
The Cardinals opened scoring on a 44-yard pass from wide receiver Rob Moore to Anthony Edwards.
The play began as a handoff to Hearst, who gave the ball to Moore as he circled from left to right. Moore found Edwards on the 8-yard line, and Edwards skipped along the sideline into the end zone.
Hearst, who has played in 14 games in two years because of a left-knee injury, got away for his second-longest NFL carry on his second attempt. It was called back when Larry Tharpe was caught holding, but that didn’t faze the speedster from Georgia.
Hearst gained 21, 3, 12 and 9 yards on successive carries the next time Arizona got the ball. He gained 6 yards in the second period, finishing with 55 in 10 attempts.