Final

Chiefs 56

(11-3, 6-1 away)

Raiders 31

(4-10, 3-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, December 15, 2013

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 21 14 14 756
OAK 3 14 14 031

Top Performers

Passing: M. McGloin (OAK) - 297 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: R. Jennings (OAK) - 23 CAR, 91 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Charles (KC) - 8 REC, 195 YDS, 4 TD

Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith lead Chiefs past Raiders and into playoffs

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jamaal Charles turned the Kansas City Chiefs' playoff clinching party into a game-long celebration right from the start.

Charles scored the first of his team record-tying five touchdowns on a 49-yard screen pass on the first play from scrimmage, sending the Chiefs to a 56-31 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday that clinched at least a wild-card spot.

"A big part of this team depends on me," Charles said. "Once I'm healthy this offense can go a long way and this team can go a long way."

Alex Smith threw four of his five TD passes to Charles, going 17 for 20 for 287 yards to make the Chiefs the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City (11-3) is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver but needs help to win the division because the Broncos swept the season series.

"Anytime you can be a part of the turnaround, it's a special feeling," Smith said. "These guys have worked hard and deserve a ton of credit. It's special to be a part of this."

Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and lost a fumble while sharing time with Terrelle Pryor as Oakland (4-10) allowed the most points in franchise history and lost its fourth straight game. The Raiders had seven turnovers overall.

The performance drew constant boos from a crowd frustrated over 11 straight seasons without a winning record and raise questions about whether the Raiders are showing enough progress in year two under coach Dennis Allen to convince owner Mark Davis to keep him around for a third season.

"We get paid out there to play, we get paid out there to not let these guys light up the scoreboard the way they did," cornerback Tracy Porter said. "They did, in fact, what we didn't want them to do. We have no one to blame but ourselves."

There is not questioning the progress the Chiefs have made in their first year under coach Andy Reid. He took over a team that went 2-14 a year ago in a season troubled by the murder-suicide involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot to death the mother of his infant child before turning the gun on himself.

"It's a feeling that you want everyone to have," linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "It's a great feeling. What we went through last year to be in this situation and have an opportunity to do some big things, clinching the playoffs before the season's over, it's great."

The addition of Smith to a talented roster that featured six Pro Bowl players also helped. Charles was one of those Pro Bowlers a year ago but he never had a game quite like this even though he only rushed for 20 yards in eight carries.

He did most of his work in the passing game, beating blitzes with screen passes and also having success running patterns downfield. He caught eight passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns in the third-most productive receiving day by a running back since the 1970 merger.

"I didn't do much," Smith said. "I mean three screens for touchdowns. I've never been a part of anything like that or seen that."

Charles joined Shaun Alexander, Jerry Rice and Clinton Portis as the only players since the merger to score five touchdowns and gain at least 200 yards from scrimmage in a single game.

"I don't know how anybody can be more valuable to a team and the success that we've had than he has," Reid said.

The Chiefs built a 35-10 lead before the Raiders scored three straight touchdowns to make it a game late in the third quarter. It quickly became a blowout again.

On a third-and-1, Smith found Charles on a wheel route down the sideline for a completion. Charles then cut toward the middle and raced in for the 71-yard score that tied Abner Haynes' team record set in 1961 against the Raiders with five TDs in a game.

The Chiefs put the game away after Taiwan Jones fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up a 6-yard TD pass to Sean McGrath that made it 49-21.

Knile Davis' 17-yard run midway through the fourth quarter gave the Chiefs the highest-scoring game in the NFL this season and the most points ever scored against the Raiders, breaking the mark of 55 last reached by Baltimore in 2012.

The Raiders were officially eliminated from the playoff chase for the 11th straight season shortly before kickoff and played like a team going nowhere.

The tone was set right from the start when Quintin Demps returned the opening kick 50 yards and Charles then took a short pass from Smith and raced 49 yards for the score. Charles scored on a 39-yard screen pass on third-and-19 on the next possession.

"We were anticipating screens," Allen said. "We just didn't play them as well as we needed to play them."

Turnovers led to three more touchdowns and Oakland trailed 35-10.

Game notes


Chiefs OL Eric Fisher left the game with an injured left shoulder. ... The seven turnovers by Oakland were the most for the team since seven against Miami in 1998.


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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
OAK
1st Downs1926
Passing 1st downs
1212
Rushing 1st downs
58
1st downs from Penalties
26
3rd down efficiency
4-97-14
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Plays5174
Total Yards384461
Yards per play7.56.2
Total Drives1313
Passing306331
Comp - Att
20-2520-41
Yards per pass
12.28.1
Interceptions thrown
05
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-120-0
Rushing78130
Rushing Attempts
2433
Yards per rush
3.33.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-54-5
Penalties8-9110-90
Turnovers17
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
05
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession25:5334:07

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Smith17/2028714.4502-12
Daniel3/5316.2000-0
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McGloin18/352978.5240-0
Reece1/12222.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis9343.8117
Charles8202.518
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings23914.0221
Pryor3196.3015

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Charles819524.44718
Avery23316.50233
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Streater45914.80269
Holmes45814.51287

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCOAK
kcTD14:38Jamaal Charles 49 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick) 70
oakFG11:05Sebastian Janikowski 34 Yd 73
kcTD07:27Jamaal Charles 39 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick) 143
kcTD05:07Eric Berry 47 Yd Interception Return (Ryan Succop Kick) 213
SECOND QUARTERKCOAK
oakTD14:40Rashad Jennings 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 2110
kcTD08:59Jamaal Charles 1 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick) 2810
kcTD05:42Jamaal Charles 16 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick) 3510
oakTD03:00Rashad Jennings 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 3517
THIRD QUARTERKCOAK
oakTD12:01Andre Holmes 6 Yd Pass From Matt McGloin (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 3524
oakTD04:56Mychal Rivera 14 Yd Pass From Matt McGloin (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 3531
kcTD03:34Jamaal Charles 71 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick) 4231
kcTD01:20Sean McGrath 6 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick) 4931
FOURTH QUARTERKCOAK
kcTD08:19Knile Davis 17 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick) 5631

Research Notes

With 2 games remaining, the Chiefs are now 1 win shy of tying the largest increase in wins from one season to the next.
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Chiefs are the SECOND team in NFL history to score 35+ points in the first half in back-to-back games. The other to do it: 2002 Chiefs No other team in the NFL has scored 35 points in the first half of a game even once this season.
- Jamaal Charles set a career high in receiving yards Sunday (195), 172 of which came after catch. Charles' 172 yards after catch is the most since the start of 2006 (Stats & Information's data set), and 48 more than any other player in a game this season (Calvin Johnson- Week 8 vs Cowboys). - Jamaal Charles' 195 receiving yards is the most by a running back in a game since Week 16 of 1999 (Marshall Faulk, 204). - Charles is the first player this season with three touchdowns of at least 35 yards. Charles joins Doug Martin, Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson as players with three rushing or receiving touchdowns of that length since the start of 2001. Alex Smith Sunday was the only quarterback to even throw three 35-yard touchdown passes in a game this season.
Alex Smith completed 17-of-20 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns Sunday, thanks to Jamaal Charles catching all eight targets for 195 yards and four touchdowns.
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This is the 3rd time in franchise history the Chiefs have scored 100 combined points in back-to-back games. They went for 56 on Sunday after dropping 45 on the Redskins in Week 14.
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Jamaal Charles is the 3rd player with 4 Rec TD in a game this season (also Eric Decker DEN and Marvin Jones CIN).... There were no such games in 5 seasons from 2008-12.
Jamaal Charles has three touchdowns on screen passes in the first half. He is the first player since 2010 (first year of screen data) to score multiple touchdowns on screens in a game.
The Chiefs are the third team in NFL history to win 11 games the year after winning just 2 or fewer games.
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Jamaal Charles is the 5th player over the last 50 seasons with 200 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns in a single game.
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