The Chiefs won the coin flip and chose to begin on offense, in front of the 68,159 fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium, a great many of them dressed in Chiefs red.
The game’s first three drives resulted in punts, before the Bills, behind QB Jeff Tuel, were able to get on the scoreboard first. Tuel found Bills WR Marquise Goodwin for a 59-yard score, giving the Bills an early 7-0 advantage.
Kansas City began on the next offensive drive from its own 16-yard line. Quick-strike throws from QB
The Chiefs opened the second quarter with another dose of Bowe, who gained 10 yards on the pass from Alex Smith. The chains were moving and momentum appeared to be swinging, before a penalty and near fumble, recovered by Chiefs tackle
Jeff Tuel's first pass in the second quarter was picked off by Chiefs safety
Jamaal took the first play of the next drive for a run of six yards. Following an incomplete pass to Chiefs WR
Later on the Chiefs drive, needing to convert on a third-and-one, RB
Buffalo used a 29-yard run by Spiller and a ten-yard rush by Bills WR Stevie Johnson to eventually land inside the Chiefs 10-yard line at the two-minute warning. Facing a third-and-goal from Kansas City's eight-yard line, Chiefs CB
The Bills maintained their 10-3 lead into halftime.
The Bills opened the second half with a 61-yard run by Spiller, followed by three runs by Bills RB Fred Jackson, totaling 18 yards. Chiefs LB
Cue the bend-but-don't-break Chiefs defense.
The Bills gave the rock to Fred Jackson, who was stopped in his tracks for no gain by Chiefs LB
Smith relived his TD return, following the game.
"I’m still tired, right now, from the return," Smith said. "I stepped back, read the eyes of the QB, and took it to the house."
The Bills tried to regain momentum on their next drive but were unable to convert on a fourth-and-two, giving the ball right back to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs took advantage of momentum on their next drive, highlighted by a 20-yard completion from Smith to TE
Buffalo took 3:37 off the third-quarter clock, traveling 68 yards, before Kansas City’s defense held on a third-and-nine at the Chiefs 12-yard line, leading to Dan Carpenter’s 30-yard FG.
The score remained the same, 13-13, as the third quarter ended.
The Chiefs were forced to punt on their next drive, when the Bills took over on offense, beginning from their 13-yard line.
Marcus Cooper blanketed Bills WR T.J. Graham, who still made the catch, before Coop jarred the ball loose, picked up by the birthday boy, Chiefs LB
"Cooper forced the fumble and the whistle didn’t blow," Hali said, describing his TD. "It's another blessing from God. Being 1-0 each week is huge, because every game we come in now, we’re going to get another team’s best game and just knowing that and keeping our poise and just coming in and making sure we can execute and get a win is huge."
Cooper wasn’t done. On the Bills very next drive, Cooper stayed right with Marquise Goodwin, preventing the completion and two Buffalo incompletions later, the Bills were forced to punt.
The Chiefs offense crossed midfield on its next drive, before needing Colquitt to do what he does best, pin the opposition deep as Chiefs CB
On the Bills ensuing drive, Tuel looked to spark the Bills with a 40-yard throw to Goodwin, but the officials ruled the pass incomplete. Bills head coach Doug Marrone challenged the call, which was upheld. After a third-down incompletion, the Bills punted.
The Chiefs offense regained possession with 6:29 to play in the fourth quarter. After a Jamaal Charles run, Smith found Bowe for a first-down completion, good enough for 10 yards. Jamaal then took a carry for 10 more yards as the clock continued to tick. Jamaal's next two rushes covered eight yards, leading to a ruled third-and-two. Jamaal’s next rush was good for one yard, leading to a 39-yard FG attempt by Succop, who split the uprights, giving the Chiefs a 23-13 advantage.
The Bills trailed by 10 points as the two-minute warning hit. Buffalo moved to the Chiefs side of the field and later called timeout with 1:32 to play in the final period. On a fourth-and-four, Tuel overthrew Stevie Johnson, giving the ball back to the Chiefs.
Alex Smith took a knee on three-straight plays, milking the game clock to all zeroes and the Chiefs walked off the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium with a 23-13 win and the celebration below.
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