National Football League
      === Charles gets 5 TDs as Chiefs beat Raiders for playoff berth ===
 Oakland, CA ( - Jamaal Charles racked up 195 receiving yards
 and  five  total touchdowns  in a record-setting  performance that carried the
 Kansas  City Chiefs to a wild 56-31 win over the Oakland Raiders and a secured
 spot in the AFC Playoffs.
 Four of Charles' eight catches went for touchdowns and he added a score on the
 ground,  becoming the first player in NFL history to record four TD receptions
 and run in another.
 "I  think  Jamaal was  special," said  Kansas City head  coach Andy Reid. "The
 receiving yards, the receptions for touchdowns, he had one of those days."
 Kansas  City (11-3)  also received big games out of quarterback Alex Smith and
 its  opportunistic  defense en route to  sewing up a postseason berth just one
 year after tying for the league's worst record at 2-14.
 Smith  threw  five touchdown passes  in all  while completing a sharp 17-of-20
 throws for 287 yards, while the Chiefs forced seven turnovers in posting their
 second  straight  lopsided victory on  the road. Kansas  City was coming off a
 45-10 drubbing of Washington a week ago.
 Eric  Berry accounted  for  two  of the  Chiefs'  four  interceptions of  Matt
 McGloin, one of which he returned 47 yards for a touchdown.
 "Hopefully  those guys can learn from those mistakes," said Oakland head coach
 Dennis  Allen. "Its tough when you're going through a learning process. As the
 losses  mount up,  it gets frustrating. It gets frustrating for everybody, but
 we've  got  a job  to do. We've  got to go  out there  and try to win football
 Rashad  Jennings had a pair of rushing touchdowns while gaining 91 yards on 23
 carries for Oakland (4-10), which was dealt a fourth consecutive loss. McGloin
 finished with 297 yards and two touchdowns on an 18-of-36 completion rate.
 Charles wasted absolutely no time making an impact. On the game's initial play
 from scrimmage, the playmaking back took a short screen pass from Smith, broke
 to  the sideline and  outran the Raiders defense for a 49-yard touchdown and a
 7-0 lead just 22 seconds in.
 "As  the season keeps going on, I get stronger and stronger," said Charles. "I
 just want to continue to do that and stay healthy."
 Oakland's  first play  also resulted in a big gain, with fullback Marcel Reece
 rumbling  45 yards on a short toss from McGloin to eventually set up Sebastian
 Janikowski's 34-yard field goal with just under four minutes elapsed.
 The Chiefs easily marched downfield on the ensuing drive, however. After Smith
 found  Donnie Avery  for a 23-yard gain into Raiders' territory, Charles again
 got  loose on a  screen and followed a convoy of blockers all the way to a 39-
 yard  score  that staked  Kansas City  to a 14-3  advantage midway through the
 opening quarter.
 Kansas  City's  defense got  in the  act shortly afterward,  as Berry jumped a
 route  intended for  Reece and raced untouched  all the way to the end zone to
 put Oakland in a 21-3 hole.
 McGloin  quickly shook  off the pick-six, though, directing a 11-play, 82-yard
 series  that  was highlighted  by  a  23-yard,  third-down connection  to  Rod
 Streater  that  placed the Raiders at  the Kansas City eight. After a roughing
 the  passer penalty on Berry extended the march, Jennings leaped over the goal
 line from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter.
 McGloin  committed  two more  costly turnovers before  the half ended, though,
 with the Chiefs capitalizing on both to further the margin.
 He wasn't able to cover up a bad shotgun snap deep in Oakland's own end on the
 Raiders'  next possession,  with Tamba  Hali pouncing  on the  loose ball  for
 Kansas  City at the  11-yard line. Charles punched in a 1-yard run three plays
 later to put the Chiefs up by a 28-10 count.
 A  22-yard  pass from Reece  to Chimdi  Chekwa on a  fake punt got the Raiders
 inside  the opposing 35-yard line later in the quarter, but Berry cut in front
 of  Streater  to intercept  McGloin once again.  His 49-yard runback, combined
 with  a personal foul  on the Raiders, gave the Chiefs the ball at Oakland 16.
 Charles  went in  standing up on another  screen play on the next snap for his
 fourth TD of the day.
 The Raiders weren't deterred, however, putting up touchdowns on three straight
 drives to cut the 25-point deficit down to four.
 An  eight-play, 80-yard jaunt aided by two critical Kansas City penalties, the
 last a pass interference infraction by linebacker Frank Zombo that spotted the
 ball  at the  1-yard line,  led  to Jennings'  short touchdown  run that  gave
 Oakland some momentum entering the half.
 Taiwan  Jones' 52-yard  catch-and-run on  the  opening sequence  of the  third
 quarter  got  the Raiders in  position to close  the gap further, with McGloin
 hitting Andre Holmes for a 6-yard touchdown to bring Oakland within 35-24.
 Jennings  came  through with a  drive-saving 21-yard  run on 3rd-and-10 on the
 Raiders'  next  trip, which ended  on Mychal  Rivera's leaping 14-yard grab of
 McGloin's  well-thrown ball  down the seam that made it a four-point game with
 just under five minutes left in the third quarter.
 Kansas  City then once again turned to Charles, who burned linebacker coverage
 to  haul in Smith's deep strike and sprinted free for a 71-yard touchdown that
 turned the tide back in the Chiefs' favor.
 Jones  fumbled away  the subsequent kickoff at his own 28-yard line, and Smith
 converted  three  straight passes --  the last  a 6-yard touchdown hookup with
 tight  end Sean  McGrath -- to lengthen  Kansas City's lead to 49-31 with 1:20
 remaining in the third quarter.
 McGloin's  final  pass attempt also ended  up in an interception, with Derrick
 Johnson  snaring a ball intended for Holmes near midfield. That led to a short
 four-play drive that Knile Davis capped with a 17-yard touchdown run with 8:19
                                   Game Notes
 Charles  became the  first player  to score  five touchdowns  in a  game since
 Denver's  Clinton  Portis did so  against the Chiefs on  Dec. 7, 2003, and the
 first  to record at least 187 receiving yards and four touchdown catches since
 Jerry  Rice accomplished  the feat against Atlanta on Oct. 14, 1990 ... Kansas
 City  put  up 35 first-half points  for a second consecutive week, joining the
 2003  Chiefs  as the  only teams to  do so  in NFL history  ... The Chiefs' 21
 first-quarter  points were  their most since scoring 21 against Denver on Dec.
 6,  1998 ...  The  game was  the second  highest-scoring  contest in  Raiders'
 history,  surpassed  only by a  52-49 win over the  Houston Oilers in 1963 ...
 Kansas  City,  which downed Oakland at  Arrowhead Stadium in Week 6, completed
 their first season sweep of the Raiders since 2006.
 12/15 23:28:54 ET