Final

Falcons 10

(5-2, 2-1 away)

Chiefs 56

(2-4, 1-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 24, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 3 0 7 010
KC 14 21 7 1456

Holmes scores 4 TDs, sprains ankle

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Neither 12 years in the league nor nine trips to the Pro Bowl could prepare Willie Roaf for what he did, saw and felt on this history-making day.

Shredding what had been the NFL's leading defense against the run, Priest Holmes and Derrick Blaylock each scored four touchdowns rushing Sunday in a stunning 56-10 rout of Atlanta (5-2). The eight TDs on the ground set an NFL record.

Allen's Analysis

Eric Allen

Falcons at Chiefs: Where did the Chiefs' offensive explosion come from?

This was an all-out assault by the Chiefs. I'm not totally sure what lit a fire underneath this team's butt, but its success came from the offensive line's strong play. Last season the Chiefs had one of the best O-lines in the league and it wasn't evident at the beginning of the season. The line played exceptionally well against the Ravens on Monday Night Football but then came back after the bye week and was uneven at best. Against the Falcons they played great. They understood their strengths and weaknesses and blew the Falcons off the line of scrimmage as they helped lead the Chiefs' running backs to an NFL-record eight rushing TDs.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

Down 3-0 in the opening minutes, the Chiefs (2-4) roared back with a 35-0 blitz and totaled 271 yards rushing against an embarrassed defense that had led the league with an average yield of only 74.5 yards on the ground.

"To go out and break an NFL record against a 5-1 football team is just unbelievable," said Roaf, the Pro Bowl left tackle. "It's incredible. That's a good football team and they'll bounce back. This was a college-type football game today. I'm just glad I was a part of it."

Holmes scored on runs of 1, 2, 2 and 15 yards in the first half. He was stopped just a couple feet short of what would have been his fifth TD rushing for the Chiefs (2-4).

The man who set the NFL record last year with 27 touchdowns rushing then left with a mild ankle sprain.

But all Holmes' injury did was unleash backup Blaylock against the helpless Atlanta defense.

Blaylock, who had a 7-yard TD in the first half, immediately scored on a 1-yard run after Holmes was hurt. He added TD runs of 3 and 2 yards in a game that also saw the Chiefs record a team-record 36 first downs.

Much of the yardage was behind Roaf and left guard Brian Waters.

"They had, like, the No. 1 rushing defense," said Blaylock. "But once we started moving the ball on them we just kept moving the ball. We got in a rhythm. And eight touchdowns later, we've got the record."

Holmes totaled 139 yards on 22 carries and Blaylock had 90 on 19. Altogether, the Chiefs amassed 540 yards in handing the Falcons their second most lopsided loss.

"We didn't have an answer for anything they did," said Atlanta linebacker Keith Brooking. "There is no worse feeling as a linebacker than having the ball rammed down your throat. We were the No. 1 rushing defense and they hammered us."

Holmes' four TDs rushing in a half tied the NFL record and also broke the record for most in a game against the Falcons.

"I am honored to be a part of history," Atlanta coach Jim Mora said sarcastically. "We have done a tremendous job of stopping the run. So it just emphasized how well they played. Their O-line was doing such an excellent, tremendous job, it might not have mattered who was in there."

The Chiefs' historic day began, oddly enough, with Holmes losing a fumble on their first play from scrimmage.

"In a game like that, you just want to keep running the ball," said Waters. "For an offensive lineman, that's a lovely day. That's a dream."

The collapse of the defense, which had been given great credit for Atlanta's 5-1 start, was nearly complete. They came in with 20 sacks but hardly even got a hand on Trent Green, who had 269 yards passing on 20 completions.

"The red light started going off," said Atlanta tackle Ed Jasper. "They were literally the best running team we've played against. They took it to us."

It was Holmes' eighth game as a Chief with three or more touchdowns.

"I'm excited because it sets this offensive line apart from any offensive line in history," said Holmes. "They created lanes and seams and we did an excellent job as far as reading them."

Michael Vick's 32-yard run set up Jay Feely's 19-yard field goal on Atlanta's first possession, and then the Chiefs reeled off five straight touchdowns and stunned the visitors with a 35-3 halftime lead.

The same Atlanta defense that last week held San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson to 64 yards on 23 carries was gouged for 140 yards in the first half. Offensively, the Falcons converted only one of 11 third-down attempts.

"They just out-executed us," said Vick. "We couldn't get anything going."

Vick rushed for 62 yards on six carries, including 32 yards on his first drive, and was replaced in the fourth quarter by Matt Schaub.

The Falcons got their only touchdown when Allen Rossum returned a punt 75 yards in the third period.

Game notes


The Falcons' most lopsided loss was 59-0 to the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 4, 1976. That was also the day they gave up seven TDs rushing. ... The Chiefs' 540 total yards are the seventh highest in team history. Their three points was the fewest allowed by the defense since a 31-3 win over Chicago last December.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Atlanta
Kansas City
1st Downs936
3rd down efficiency
1-116-10
4th down efficiency
0-40-0
Total Yards222540
Yards per play4.47.0
Total Drives17
Passing103269
Comp-Att
9-2520-28
Yards per pass
4.19.6
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-250-0
Rushing119271
Rushing Attempts
2149
Yards per rush
5.75.5
Penalties3-415-45
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession21:0638:54

Passing Leaders

ATLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Vick7/211195.7024-25
Schaub2/492.3000-0
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green20/2726910.0000-0
Collins0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

ATLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vick66210.3032
Dunn11494.5018
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Holmes221396.3416
Blaylock19904.7416

Receiving Leaders

ATLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dunn27236.0056
Crumpler3279.0014
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kennison35217.3026
Morton44812.0015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERATLKC
FG2:47JAY FEELY 19 YD
Drive: 8 plays, 62 yds, 2:47
30
TD6:57PRIEST HOLMES 15 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)
Drive: 7 plays, 68 yds, 3:12
37
TD13:52DERRICK BLAYLOCK 7 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 51 yds, 1:27
314
SECOND QUARTERATLKC
TD7:35PRIEST HOLMES 2 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)
Drive: 12 plays, 73 yds, 7:23
321
TD11:43PRIEST HOLMES 2 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)
Drive: 5 plays, 56 yds, 2:30
328
TD15:00PRIEST HOLMES 1 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 16 yds, :15
335
THIRD QUARTERATLKC
TD2:32ALLEN ROSSUM 75 YD PUNT RETURN (JAY FEELY KICK) 1035
TD8:20DERRICK BLAYLOCK 1 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yds, 5:48
1042
FOURTH QUARTERATLKC
TD0:53DERRICK BLAYLOCK 3 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)
Drive: 8 plays, 76 yds, 4:19
1049
TD13:01DERRICK BLAYLOCK 2 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)
Drive: 9 plays, 44 yds, 5:02
1056