Nov 3 2013, 8:30pm CST | by Poch de la Rosa
The Chiefs were stifled offensively during this game, but their two defensive touchdowns helped them secure a ninth consecutive win in the 2013 season. First, it was cornerback Sean Smith who intercepted Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel for a touchdown return early in the third quarter to put the Chiefs up, 10-7 after the PAT.
The interception wasted a 69-yard run by Buffalo's C.J. Spiller and a pass interference penalty on Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson.
The Bills then fumbled on 3rd and 10 on their opening drive of the fourth quarter. The ball was scooped up by Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali, who took it 11 yards into the end zone to put the Chiefs up for good at 20-13.
Prior to that, Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter made a 30-yard field goal to tie things up at 13 apiece. Those would prove to be the last points the Bills would score.
The Chiefs managed to win despite just three field goals from the offense and 210 total yards as opposed to the Bills' 470. They also were uncharacteristically sloppy with their run defense, surrendering 138 yards over their season average. Kansas City head coach Andy Reid said he'll take it.
He said,"We're not going to make excuses for it. We're pretty happy that we got the touchdowns. We'll take them any way we can get them."
Tuel, the Bills' third-string quarterback, started in place of rookie E.J. Manuel and Thad Lewis. Manuel sat out his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right knee while Lewis missed the game because of bruised ribs.
Tuel had a decent first half, finishing with 139 yards. For the game, he was 18 of 39 for 225 yards and a touchdown.
His teammate, tight end Scott Chandler, labeled the game as the "most frustrating loss" of his career. Bills head coach Doug Marrone said,"It hurts me, it hurts the guys in that room; I hurt for them, I hurt for our fans."
The Chiefs enter their bye week before facing their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos, in Week 11. Meanwhile, the Bills fell to 3-6 and will square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road on Nov. 10.
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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