Chiefs’ recent acquisition Parker delivers big play on Romo fumble

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Cornerback Ron Parker, who was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs in the flurry of roster moves during opening week, turned in a crucial play.

On what he believed was just his second defensive play of the game, Parker sacked and stripped Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo of the ball and recovered the fumble in the fourth quarter to help preserve the Chiefs’ 17-13 victory.

“The whole day I was waiting on Coach to call my number,” Parker said. “With Dunta Robinson being down, I’m the next man up. So when I finally got in the game and got an opportunity to make my play, [defensive coordinator Bob Sutton] called the blitz. I came on the blitz and ran it right.

“We disguised our blitz pretty good, and Romo, he just didn’t know it was coming. So the lineman blocked down and I came free and I just kept on running and stripped him from the backside.”

The moment came in just his 10th NFL appearance.

“That’s probably my first big NFL play since I’ve been in the league,” said Parker, who has played parts of three seasons with Oakland, Carolina and Seattle. “I’m still feeling the juice of it now.”

What’s 2-0 mean?

The Chiefs have already won as many games this year as they did all of 2012.

They’re 2-0 for the first time since 2010 and for the second time since 2005. In 2010, they won the AFC West with a 10-6 mark. In 2005, they went 10-6 but missed the playoffs in Dick Vermeil’s last season as coach.

“Nothing’s different,” wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said, comparing 2013 to 2012.

“To the public that is watching, it might look different, but this is kind of the same team we had last year with the exception of a great quarterback in Alex Smith and a great offensive coach in Andy Reid, who is calling the plays and making sure the playmakers are getting the ball.”

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