On the first play from scrimmage against the Raiders, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles took a pass 49 yards for a touchdown.
He and the Chiefs never stopped pouring it on after that.
The Raiders, who allowed a NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes to Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles earlier this year, let Charles score five times in Kansas City's 56-31 win. Charles' fifth touchdown came with 3:38 left in the third quarter, so it seemed he had a good shot at history.
But Charles never got another. Tight end Sean McGrath scored a 6-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. Charles' backup Knile Davis scored a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. At that point the score was 56-31 and there was no reason to leave Charles in.
Charles will have to settle for five touchdowns, with the odd stat line of 20 rushing yards and 195 receiving yards. Four of his touchdowns were on catches. The touchdown catches were 49, 39, 16 and 71 yards. His five touchdowns tied a franchise record set in 1961 by Abner Haynes. His four touchdowns before halftime tied the NFL record for scores in the first half. It was one of the best performances by any player all season.
The Chiefs, who aren't known for an explosive offense, destroyed the Raiders. Kansas City is now 11-3 and still tied for first place in the AFC West. If the Broncos lose one of their last two and the Chiefs win out, the Chiefs would be the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
Kansas City's fantastic season is due in large part to Charles, who might be the top MVP candidate if Peyton Manning weren't having one of the best seasons in NFL history.
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