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(Sunday, December 13th)
Final Score: Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Rian Lindell kicked three field goals and Terrell Owens caught the Bills' lone touchdown, as Buffalo used four Matt Cassel interceptions to edge Kansas City, 16-10.
Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch carried the load for the Bills (5-8), rushing for 99 and 84 yards, respectively.
Despite Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for just 86 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 12-of-20 attempts, Buffalo improved to 2-2 under interim head coach Perry Fewell.
"This week we put a real emphasis on running the ball," Fitzpatrick said. "We put a challenge on our guys up front. We challenged our backs, our tight ends and even the receivers blocking the safeties and corners. We really wanted to establish the run."
Cassel, who was benched in last week's 44-13 loss to Denver, completed 26- of-43 passes for 224 yards, but his turnovers -- the last occurring on a heave into the end zone -- sent the Chiefs (3-10) to a third straight loss.
Jamaal Charles logged 143 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the setback.
It was 13-10 in favor of Buffalo when Lindell missed a 51-yarder wide left with 12:12 remaining in the game. Paul Posluszny atoned for the miss, though, picking off Cassel near midfield and returning it to the Kansas City 35.
The turnover set up Lindell's 36-yard field goal near the eight-minute mark, and Cassel, after Chris Chambers dropped a pass inside the Buffalo five-yard line, had his fourth-down pass tipped into the hands of Jairus Byrd.
Byrd's league-leading ninth interception of the season came with 2:11 left, and the Bills wasted 1:11 of the clock on the ensuing possession.
Three completions brought the Chiefs to the Buffalo 37, but on the last play, Buffalo safety George Wilson came down with Cassel's rainbow throw in the end zone to secure the win.
Early on, the Chiefs failed to take advantage of a Fitzpatrick fumble inside his own 10, as Cassel was sacked by Aaron Schobel on fourth down from the one.
"To me, the biggest thing is missed opportunities, not capitalizing on good situations on the field, whether it's giving up a sack in field goal range or coming out of there with zero points early on a very good opportunity," Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said.
On the first play following the turnover on downs, Lynch went up the right sideline for 47 yards. Several plays later, Owens hauled in a short pass over the middle and turned it into a nine-yard TD for the early lead.
Kansas City got on the board when Ryan Succop capped a 13-play, 74-yard drive with a 21-yard field goal 4 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.
Later in the quarter, Rian Lindell made it a 10-3 game via a 41-yard kick.
Terrence McGee picked off Cassel's first pass of the second half, and Fitzpatrick gave the ball right back to Kansas City by throwing it into triple coverage in the end zone, resulting in a Brandon Flowers interception.
Lindell's 24-yard field goal at the 3:10 mark of the third made it a 10-point game, but on the next play from scrimmage, Charles took a shotgun draw up the middle and knifed through the Bills' defense on his way to a 76-yard score.
The game featured two of the eight original teams from the AFC, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary season...Chambers led the Chiefs with 50 yards on four catches...Charles also had seven grabs for 38 yards, while Jackson ended with a team-high 23 receiving yards on three receptions...Lynch carried the ball 12 times, compared to 20 for Jackson...The Chiefs outgained the Bills, 354-273.
12/13 17:06:39 ET
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