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|Rams Minimize Big Plays; Beat Kansas City
|ST. LOUIS (AP) -- In his first preseason game calling the plays, Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley had just as much trouble finishing off drives as the man he replaced.
The Chiefs had four gains of 40 yards or more and totaled 406 yards, yet still lost 17-9 to the St. Louis Rams Thursday night to finish their fourth winless preseason this decade.
Quincy Butler's 28-yard interception return off Tyler Thigpen was the go-ahead score late in the third quarter for the Rams (3-1), who produced three turnovers and won the annual Governor's Cup. St. Louis had 12 takeaways in the preseason under new coach Steve Spagnuolo after totaling one takeaway in the 2008 preseason.
Haley fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey on Monday and assumed that role, which he held while helping the Arizona Cardinals reach the Super Bowl last season. Kansas City (0-4) totaled 42 points in the preseason and scored two offensive touchdowns.
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