User Login    
 + Register
Sports : Kansas City Blasts Oakland, Clinches AFC Playoff Berth
Posted by Tom on 2013/12/17 8:12:51 (246 reads) News by the same author

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamaal Charles racked up 195 receiving yards and five total touchdowns in a record-setting performance that carried the Kansas City Chiefs to a wild 56-31 win over the Oakland Raiders and a secured spot in the AFC Playoffs.

Click to see original Image in a new window

Four of Charles' eight catches went for touchdowns and he added a score on the ground, becoming the first player in NFL history to record four TD receptions and run in another.

"I think Jamaal was special," said Kansas City head coach Andy Reid. "The receiving yards, the receptions for touchdowns, he had one of those days."

Kansas City (11-3) also received big games out of quarterback Alex Smith and its opportunistic defense en route to sewing up a postseason berth just one year after tying for the league's worst record at 2-14.

Smith threw five touchdown passes in all while completing a sharp 17-of-20 throws for 287 yards, while the Chiefs forced seven turnovers in posting their second straight lopsided victory on the road. Kansas City was coming off a 45-10 drubbing of Washington a week ago.

Eric Berry accounted for two of the Chiefs' four interceptions of Matt McGloin, one of which he returned 47 yards for a touchdown.

"Hopefully those guys can learn from those mistakes," said Oakland head coach Dennis Allen. "Its tough when you're going through a learning process. As the losses mount up, it gets frustrating. It gets frustrating for everybody, but we've got a job to do. We've got to go out there and try to win football games."

Rashad Jennings had a pair of rushing touchdowns while gaining 91 yards on 23 carries for Oakland (4-10), which was dealt a fourth consecutive loss. McGloin finished with 297 yards and two touchdowns on an 18-of-36 completion rate.

Charles wasted absolutely no time making an impact. On the game's initial play from scrimmage, the playmaking back took a short screen pass from Smith, broke to the sideline and outran the Raiders defense for a 49-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds in.

"As the season keeps going on, I get stronger and stronger," said Charles. "I just want to continue to do that and stay healthy."

Oakland's first play also resulted in a big gain, with fullback Marcel Reece rumbling 45 yards on a short toss from McGloin to eventually set up Sebastian Janikowski's 34-yard field goal with just under four minutes elapsed.

The Chiefs easily marched downfield on the ensuing drive, however. After Smith found Donnie Avery for a 23-yard gain into Raiders' territory, Charles again got loose on a screen and followed a convoy of blockers all the way to a 39- yard score that staked Kansas City to a 14-3 advantage midway through the opening quarter.

Kansas City's defense got in the act shortly afterward, as Berry jumped a route intended for Reece and raced untouched all the way to the end zone to put Oakland in a 21-3 hole.

McGloin quickly shook off the pick-six, though, directing a 11-play, 82-yard series that was highlighted by a 23-yard, third-down connection to Rod Streater that placed the Raiders at the Kansas City eight. After a roughing the passer penalty on Berry extended the march, Jennings leaped over the goal line from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter.

McGloin committed two more costly turnovers before the half ended, though, with the Chiefs capitalizing on both to further the margin.

He wasn't able to cover up a bad shotgun snap deep in Oakland's own end on the Raiders' next possession, with Tamba Hali pouncing on the loose ball for Kansas City at the 11-yard line. Charles punched in a 1-yard run three plays later to put the Chiefs up by a 28-10 count.

A 22-yard pass from Reece to Chimdi Chekwa on a fake punt got the Raiders inside the opposing 35-yard line later in the quarter, but Berry cut in front of Streater to intercept McGloin once again. His 49-yard runback, combined with a personal foul on the Raiders, gave the Chiefs the ball at Oakland 16. Charles went in standing up on another screen play on the next snap for his fourth TD of the day.

The Raiders weren't deterred, however, putting up touchdowns on three straight drives to cut the 25-point deficit down to four.

An eight-play, 80-yard jaunt aided by two critical Kansas City penalties, the last a pass interference infraction by linebacker Frank Zombo that spotted the ball at the 1-yard line, led to Jennings' short touchdown run that gave Oakland some momentum entering the half.

Taiwan Jones' 52-yard catch-and-run on the opening sequence of the third quarter got the Raiders in position to close the gap further, with McGloin hitting Andre Holmes for a 6-yard touchdown to bring Oakland within 35-24.

Jennings came through with a drive-saving 21-yard run on 3rd-and-10 on the Raiders' next trip, which ended on Mychal Rivera's leaping 14-yard grab of McGloin's well-thrown ball down the seam that made it a four-point game with just under five minutes left in the third quarter.

Kansas City then once again turned to Charles, who burned linebacker coverage to haul in Smith's deep strike and sprinted free for a 71-yard touchdown that turned the tide back in the Chiefs' favor.

Jones fumbled away the subsequent kickoff at his own 28-yard line, and Smith converted three straight passes -- the last a 6-yard touchdown hookup with tight end Sean McGrath -- to lengthen Kansas City's lead to 49-31 with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter.

McGloin's final pass attempt also ended up in an interception, with Derrick Johnson snaring a ball intended for Holmes near midfield. That led to a short four-play drive that Knile Davis capped with a 17-yard touchdown run with 8:19 remaining.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/4/22 10:41:35 - Young Family Trusts To Benefit NCMC Students
2015/4/22 10:01:35 - Herrera Suspended, Ventura Fined For Throwing At Lawrie
2015/4/22 9:50:00 - Plattsburg Girls, Trenton Boys Win Team Titles At TMS Relays
2015/4/22 8:34:10 - Hog Farm Dispute Brings Large Audience To Grundy County Courthouse
2015/4/22 8:30:00 - Chillicothe Boys Win Cameron Relays, Trenton Girls Finish Third
2015/4/22 8:28:38 - Hornets Sweep Bulldogs In Varsity Tennis
2015/4/22 8:20:18 - Trenton Golfers Beat Chillicothe In Tuesday Duel
2015/4/22 8:12:56 - Applications Being Sought For Livestock-Related Honor
2015/4/22 8:02:57 - Route A, In Southwest Mercer County, To Close On Thursday
2015/4/22 7:54:05 - Highway Patrol Sergeant Recognized For Life-Saving Efforts During September Flooding
2015/4/22 7:44:27 - Oklahoma Rape Suspect Arrested Along I-35 In Northwest Missouri
2015/4/22 7:38:43 - University Of Missouri Receives Bomb Threat, "All Clear" Issued
2015/4/22 7:33:15 - Maryville Teen Passes Away After Monday Night Wreck
2015/4/22 7:30:00 - Maysville Woman Dies In Gentry County Accident
2015/4/21 18:08:10 - Mizzou Adds Illinois JUCO Duo To 2015-2016 Hoops Roster
2015/4/21 18:03:06 - NCMC Swept In Baseball Double-Dip At Crowder
2015/4/21 17:55:16 - Trenton's Croy Challenges Strong Helias Squad At Macon Tournament
2015/4/21 17:50:06 - LeBlond Dominates Tennis Duel At Trenton
2015/4/21 17:50:00 - NCMC Softball Seeded #4 In Region 16 Tournament
2015/4/21 9:50:00 - TMS Boys Win Brookfield Relays
2015/4/21 9:40:00 - Trenton's "City-Wide Garage Sales" Coming Saturday
2015/4/21 9:30:00 - Animal Feeding Operation Proposed In Rural Grundy County
2015/4/21 9:29:09 - New Date Set For Grundy County Murder Trial
2015/4/21 9:20:00 - Putnam County Accident Injures Lucerne Man
2015/4/21 9:13:30 - Gallatin Native Ties Masters Champion In PGA Event
2015/4/21 9:10:00 - Linn County Accident Sends Two To Columbia Hospital
2015/4/21 9:07:09 - Webb City Offensive Lineman Verbals To Mizzou
2015/4/21 8:15:57 - Royals Recall Calixte From Omaha, Demote Fuentes
2015/4/20 14:00:57 - Chillicothe Police Arrest Man On Marijuana Possession Charges
2015/4/20 11:29:17 - Speed Limit For U.S. 65 In Trenton Drops To 45 MPH



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM