The Chiefs running game was once again one of key factors in the Chiefs victory. Kansas City eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the third straight week behind Jones and RB
Kansas City’s offense found rhythm in the running game early. After receiving the opening kickoff Charles took a handoff around the left end 32 yards down to Buffalo’s 35-yard line. However the Chiefs drive stalled and the team was forced to punt four plays later.
Buffalo’s offense completed two third-down passes but their initial drive was halted when Chiefs LBs
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Kansas City’s offense took over at its own 35-yard line and promptly marched the Chiefs into Buffalo territory. On fourth and two from Buffalo’s 19-yard line, the Chiefs eschewed a FG try and QB
The teams went punt for punt for the majority of the first half. With 3:54 left to play before intermission Kansas City’s offense began at its own 29-yard line. Three consecutive runs moved the Chiefs to the 47-yard line. Cassel then connected with Charles on a short pass up the middle for 19 yards, putting Kansas City at the Buffalo 31. From there, Charles took a handoff from Cassel around the left side for 18 yards, setting up the Chiefs with first and goal from the one. On the next play Cassel threw to Bowe’s back shoulder on a fade route, capping a six play, 71-yard drive giving KC a 7-0 lead. Charles accounted for 67 yards on the TD drive.
Buffalo received the ensuing kickoff and had 1:28 on the clock to work with. The Bills offense was able orchestrate a drive that moved them into Chiefs territory. However, Hali sacked Fitzpatrick, taking him down for a 12-yard loss, a play that was upheld by instant replay. Time expired in the second quarter on the next play and Kansas City was able to take a 7-0 lead into the locker room.
The Bills received the second-half kickoff and Fitzpatrick slowly moved his squad into Chiefs territory. The Chiefs defense stiffened, forcing a K Rian Lindell 43-yard FG. Lindell’s kick sailed through the uprights, cutting KC’s lead to 7-3 with 6:08 to play in the third quarter.
After the two clubs exchanged punts, the Chiefs then went back to their running game, rushing the ball 10 consecutive times to pick up 54 yards moving them to Buffalo’s 11-yard line. Two plays later K Ryan Succop put through a 28-yard FG upping the Chiefs lead 10-3 with 9:41 left to play in the fourth quarter.
Fitzpatrick and company then proceeded to construct a 15-play, 83-yard drive. The Bills moved into Chiefs territory with a 37-yard pass to WR Roscoe Parrish, setting Buffalo up at the Chiefs 20-yard line. On the next play Fitzpatrick hit WR Lee Evans for six yards. CB
On third and three the Bills gained just enough for the first down, setting them up with first and goal from the 10. On third and goal from the four Hali swatted Fitzpatrick’s pass incomplete. Faced with fourth and goal from the four-yard line, Fitzpatrick hit WR Steve Johnson on a quick slant for a game-tying TD with 2:18 remaining in the fourth period. The play was challenged by Head Coach Todd Haley but the call on the field was upheld.
The ensuing kickoff from Buffalo resulted in a touchback. The Chiefs began at their own 20-yard line with 2:18 to play. In the two-minute offense, Kansas City was faced with a fourth and one from its own 29-yard line. The Chiefs appeared to get the first down on a QB sneak by Cassel, but the Chiefs called a timeout before the ball was snapped and eventually elected to punt.
Parrish returned Colquitt’s punt 33 yards to Buffalo’s 48-yard line. On second and 10, Fitzpatrick completed a nine-yard pass to TE David Nelson. On third and one the Bills converted giving them a fresh set of downs. The very next play Fitzpatrick’s pass sailed over the head of his intended receiver and was picked off by S
After winning the coin toss, Buffalo elected to receive. They began the drive at their own 29-yard line. The first play from scrimmage was a reverse to Parrish for 13 yards with a 15-yard facemask penalty on LB Mike Vrabel putting the Bills at KC’s 43. Faced with a third and 10 from there, Buffalo picked up three yards and was forced to punt.
Kansas City’s offense took the field at their own 20 to start the drive. Charles continued to pick up big chunks of yards as he rattled off carries of 10 and 13 yards. On third and seven from the KC 46 Cassel scrambled for five yards bringing up a punt from Colquitt. Buffalo took back over at its own 10-yard line. On third and seven from Buffalo’s 25 Fitzpatrick found Evans for 17 yards, moving the club to the Buffalo 42-yard line. Fitzpatrick again connected with Evans, this time for 21 yards, moving the Bills to Kansas City’s 37-yard line. On third and 10 from the 37, Fitzpatrick scrambled for three yards. Lindell came on to attempt a 53-yard FG and put the kick through the uprights, but Haley had called timeout prior to the snap, forcing Lindell to try again. This time Lindell line-drive kick careening off the right upright, giving the Chiefs new life.
From the Chiefs own 43-yard line Cassel connected with TE
With only 1:20 to play in the overtime period Cassel hit Charles for 16 yards. Two plays later Cassel found Moeaki for a 12-yard gain. An 18-yard completion to Moeaki moved the Chiefs to the Buffalo 35-yard line. Cassel hit Moeaki again, this time for an 11-yard gain to the Buffalo 24. An eight-yard run by Charles was followed by a quick spike set up, setting up Succop for a 35-yard field goal attempt with 0:05 remaining on the clock. This time Succop’s kick split the uprights giving the Chiefs a thrilling 13-10 victory over Buffalo as time expired in the overtime session.