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Chiefs rookie running back D'Anthony Thomas made Kansas City's first score Sunday with an 81-yard punt return touchdown. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs rookie running back D’Anthony Thomas made Kansas City’s first score Sunday with an 81-yard punt return touchdown. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

KC Chiefs 2Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs Sunday easily defeated the Oakland Raiders 31-13 at Arrowhead Stadium. Easily, in part, due to three Kansas City touchdowns within a little more than five minutes in the third quarter.
This brought the Chief’s record to 8-6, making them currently second only to the Denver Broncos in the AFC West and keeping alive their chances of being in the playoffs.
Losing three games in three weeks — 24-20 to the Raiders at Oakland, 29-16 to the Broncos at Arrowhead and 17-14 last week to the Cardinals at Phoenix — things had looked grim for Kansas City.
But this week the Raiders faced what Chiefs Coach Andy Reid called a “phenomenal crowd” and the mystique of Arrowhead Stadium.
After a series of three and outs in the first quarter, Chiefs rookie running back D’Anthony Thomas made a 81-yard punt return for a touchdown with 2:38 left in the quarter. With PAT, score 7-0.
At the start of the second quarter a drive concluded with a Kansas City 44-yard field goal attempt, and Cairo Santos, after being successful in his last 14 attempts, failed.
But a little later, in a drive that included a 47-yard catch by Chiefs rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson, Santos was successful in a 41-yard attempt making the score 10-0 with 8:01 left in the second quarter.
A drive that included a 37-yard catch and run by Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe ended with a three and out.
Oakland Raiders logoAnd, with seconds left in the first half, Raider kicker Sebastian Janikowski was successful in a 54-yard field goal attempt to make the score 10-3.
In the first Kansas City drive of the third quarter, a pass to Chiefs star rookie tight end Travis Kelce was intercepted to put Oakland at the KC 15 yard line. The Raiders couldn’t make it to the goal line, but a 33-yard field goal attempt by Janikowski was successful with 11:44 left in the quarter. Score: 10-6.
Then it all started with a five-minute 9-play drive including a 21-yard gain by Bowe that concluded with a 3-yard touchdown run with 6:46 left in the quarter by Chiefs running back and former Razorback Knile Davis. Score: 17-6.
Then, in the following Raider drive, Kansas City intercepted at the Oakland 21 yard line, and Kelce caught a 20-yard touchdown pass to make the score 24-6 with 5:50 left in the quarter.
Then, following a short Oakland three and out, a three-play Chiefs drive concluded with a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Smith to Knile Davis with 2:04 left in the quarter.
Score 31-6.
The fourth quarter was relatively uneventful.
A 47-yard field goal attempt by Santos failed.
Then, a 8-play 63-yard Oakland drive that included a 34-yard pass to wide receiver Andre Holmes concluded with a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr to wide receiver James Jones with 34 seconds left in the game. Final score: Chiefs 31, Raiders 13.
The Chiefs next play the Steelers at Pittsburgh. The Steelers are 9-5 after beating the Falcons 27-20 Sunday at Atlanta. The Steelers’ last loss was 20-13 Nov. 9 to the New York Jets. In 2013 the Chiefs beat the Steelers 26-20 in the pre-season, but didn’t face them in the regular season. In 2012 the Chiefs lost 16-13 to the Steelers in November.
The Chiefs close the regular season Dec. 28 facing the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead. The Chargers are 8-6 after a 22-10 loss to the Broncos Sunday. The Chiefs beat the Chargers 23-20 Oct. 19 at San Diego. The Chargers next week face the 7-7 San Francisco 49ers who lost 17-7 Sunday to the Seahawks at Seattle.
Can the Chiefs win both? Maybe. If they don’t, whether they’re in the playoffs will depend on how some other teams do. We’ll see . . . .
H.E.
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Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston sacks Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who was sacked four times Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston sacks Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who was sacked four times Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs wide receiver Knile Davis scored two touchdowns for Kansas City Sunday.  (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs wide receiver Knile Davis scored two touchdowns for Kansas City Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith ran three times for 17 yards Sunday, successfully threw 18 passes for 297 yards and was sacked once. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith ran three times for 17 yards Sunday, successfully threw 18 passes for 297 yards and was sacked once. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe Sunday had three receptions for 69 yards. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe Sunday had three receptions for 69 yards. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs rookie tight end Travis fumbled and was intercepted near the start of the third quarter but later scored a touchdown with a 20-yard pass. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs rookie tight end Travis fumbled and was intercepted near the start of the third quarter but later scored a touchdown with a 20-yard pass. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith hands the ball to running back Jamaal Charles, who led Kansas Cith in rushing with 12 carries for 53 yards. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith hands the ball to running back Jamaal Charles, who led Kansas City in rushing with 12 carries for 53 yards. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

The Kansas City cheerleaders had something to cheer about Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

The Kansas City cheerleaders had something to cheer about Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid often was pleased with what he saw Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid often was pleased with what he saw Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

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