30-22, 6-5, Alex Smith, Andy Reid, Arrowhead Stadium, Buffalo Bills, Cairo Santos, celebrate, cheerleaders, Chiefs head coach, cold, Demetrius Harris, Eric Fisher, field goal, football, fumble, Houston Texans, Jaye Howard, Jeff Allen, Jeremy Maclin, Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City MO, LeSean McCoy, Mitch Morse, NFL, Oakland Raiders, offensive line, playoffs, quarterback, rain, sack, Sammy Watkins, San Diego Chargers, Spencer Ware, Tamba Hali, touchdown, Travis Kelce, Tyrod Taylor
The Chiefs, whose offensive line lost players to injury and whose “sack” specialist Justin Houston was knocked off the field, prevailed and with the magic toe of Cairo Santos and won the game 30-22. This is expected to brighten their playoff prospects with a 6-5 season record.
The weather at Arrowhead was wretched Sunday with rain and bone chilling cold. The Chiefs had a difficult first half with the Buffalo Bills opening the game with a field goal in the rain to go on top 3-0.
On their second possession Bills running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy fumbled the ball to Jaye Howard, but the Chiefs couldn’t score with it and went to Zip City
On the next Bills play Bronco linebacker Justin Houston got injured. Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor drove to the 28 yard line and sent wide receiver Sammy Watkins a 28-yard touchdown pass to make the score 10-0.
The second quarter looked a little better for the Chiefs as they got on the scoreboard with a 37- yard circus catch by Jeremy Maclin to the 3 yard line and a 3-yard Spencer Ware touchdown with a good PAT to make the score 10-7. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith drove the 80-yard drive.
Bills came right back with a Taylor bomb to Watkins at the 10 yard line. Watkins took it in for the score, but the PAT failed to make the score 16-7.
Chiefs got fired up at the 2 minute warning, and Alex Smith found Jeremy Maclin at the 41 yard line; he blazed to the goal line to make the score 16-14.
With seconds to go before halftime the Chiefs set Cairo Santos up with a 54-yard field goal in the rain, but Santos couldn’t boot it through.
Chiefs went into the locker room to face Coach Andy Reid down 16-14.
Just before the half, Chiefs had lost lineman Eric Fisher to injury.
Chiefs opened the third quarter determined to take the lead and drove 64 yards for a Travis Kelce touchdown to go ahead 21-16.
Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali got to Taylor on his next possession and strip sacked him for a Chiefs possession that resulted in a 49-yard Santos field goal to boost them up 24-16.
The Bills tried to battle back as the third quarter was ending. As they were running out of legs on their drive Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris committed a penalty that gave the Bills a first down; McCoy picked up a touchdown that made the score 24-22. Taylor was sacked on the two-point conversion attempt.
Going into the fourth quarter the Chiefs picked up another field goal to make it 27-22, and in the fourth quarter Santos hit a 37-yarder to make the final score 30-22.
Chiefs won the game without starters Justin Houston, Eric Fisher and Mitch Morse. Lineman Jeff Allen was injured but finished the game anyway. The rest could not make it back out on the field. Houston was scheduled to have a MRI Monday.
Chiefs are now 6-5 with their eyes on the playoff prize. The Bills are now 5-6.
Missouri’s other team, the St. Louis Rams, are now 4-7 after losing 31-7 to the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. The Bengals now are 9-2.
Only the Carolina Panthers remain undefeated after beating the Dallas Cowboys 33-24 Thursday. Neither the Chiefs, the Rams nor the Denver Broncos will play them during the rest of the regular season.
The Chiefs play the Raiders at Oakland Dec. 6. The Raiders are 5-6 after defeating the Tennessee Titans 24-21 Sunday in Nashville. Then the Chiefs play the Chargers Dec. 13 in Kansas City; the Chiefs beat the Chargers 33-3 Nov. 22 in San Diego.
The Bills next play the Houston Texans at Buffalo. The Texans are 6-5 after beating the New Orleans Saints 24-6 Sunday. The Chiefs beat the Texans 27-20 on Sept. 23 and are not scheduled to play them again.