Final

Bills 54

(6-5, 3-3 away)

Chiefs 31

(1-10, 1-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2008

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 7 23 17 754
KC 7 10 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: T. Edwards (BUF) - 273 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Johnson (KC) - 7 CAR, 81 YDS

Receiving: T. Gonzalez (KC) - 10 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Edwards, Bills score most points against Chiefs in history

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Needing only to eke out a win, the Buffalo Bills wound up smashing a record.

A mistake-free Trent Edwards threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and the Bills romped past Kansas City 54-31 Sunday, breaking a four-game losing streak while scoring more points than anyone ever scored before against the Chiefs.

Fast Facts

• The Bills snapped their four-game losing streak in style, putting up the second-highest point total in team history (58 vs Dolphins, 1966) and highest on the road.

• Trent Edwards shook off his recent struggles to throw for 273 yards and two touchdowns, his first multi-TD game of the season. He also rushed for two TDs after entering game with one career rushing TD.

• The Bills' 54 points are the most the Chiefs have allowed in franchise history.

• The Chiefs have lost seven straight games and 19 of 20 dating back to last season.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

Snapping smartly out of a demoralizing slump that threatened to waste a 5-1 start, the Bills came within four points of matching their 42-year-old record for points in a game.

The Chiefs (1-10) had five turnovers while losing for the 19th time in 20 games, by far the worst stretch in franchise history.

"It's embarrassing," said Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.

The Bills (6-5) scored 20 points off turnovers.

"They worked hard, obviously, preparing for this game, and they got a lot of bounces," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "They made a lot of plays."

Edwards became the first Bills quarterback since Jack Kemp to run for two TDs in a game. He looked nothing at all like the guy who in his 13 previous quarters had thrown eight interceptions while losing two fumbles and managing only three touchdown passes.

"I always try to be confident," said Edwards. "Even when I'm not, I try to act like I am. That's the position you have to be in."

Edwards hit 24 of 32 for 273 yards and two TDs and had touchdown runs of 5 and 15 yards.

"Our defense was forcing some turnovers for us," he said. "We were getting good field position with special teams and as a result of turnovers."

The previous high against the Chiefs was 51 in an overtime loss at Seattle in 1983. The Chiefs, who had thought they were starting to turn the corner after playing their last four opponents close, were also penalized nine times for 75 yards.

"I anticipate they'll come to work Monday," coach Herm Edwards said. "They know what they did wrong. You've got to play smart and not turn the ball over and be careful with the fouls."

Rian Lindell kicked four field goals and Leodis McKelvin, the Bills' rookie first-round choice making his second start at cornerback, had two interceptions and returned two kickoffs a total of 67 yards. He returned his first interception 64 yards for a touchdown and his second led to Edwards' 15-yard touchdown run at the end of the half.
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"It was just me getting the opportunity to play," said McKelvin, the 11th overall pick in last year's draft who started in place of injured Jabari Greer.

"I was just behind two guys playing great at the start of the season. I was just sitting back. I knew my time would come," he said. "I had two guys in front of me who had been in the league for five and six years, so they knew how to play."

The Bills scored 20 of their record-setting points off turnovers, including two field goals, one of Edwards' scoring runs and McKelvin's TD return. Tyler Thigpen, the former third-teamer who was pressed into service after injuries put Kansas City's top two quarterbacks out for the year, had his first bad game in five outings.

Besides the two picks to McKelvin, he also lost one of the fumbles. But he also hit 17 of 31 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns.

"That's one thing I can't do. I can't turn the ball over, and that's something I did three times today," said Thigpen, who had gone 161 straight throws before getting one picked off last week. "I can't do that, bottom line."

When Derek Schouman caught a 17-yard pass for Buffalo's final TD, normally volatile and demonstrative defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham stood stock-still for perhaps 20 seconds, staring into space.

"It felt like a loss by 30 points, no different," said safety Jarrad Page. "You lose by 30 points, it's bad - 54 or whatever. A 30-point loss is big."

Edwards also connected with Josh Reed on an 8-yard TD pass.

The most embarrassing TD for the Chiefs was the 15-yard Edwards run at the end of the first half.

The Bills were out of time outs with 26 seconds left when Tamba Hali flushed him out of the pocket. All the Chiefs had to do was tackle him, and Buffalo could not have stopped the clock for a fourth-down play. But the second-year pro scrambled away and dived across the line for a 15-yard TD run and a 30-17 halftime lead.

Game notes


Before Sunday, Edwards had only one touchdown rushing. ... The Chiefs actually outgained the Bills 462-444. ... Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez had 10 catches for 113 yards and set a tight end record with his 25th 100-yard receiving game. ... In their previous four games, the Buffalo offense had scored only five touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
KC
1st Downs2721
Passing 1st downs
1213
Rushing 1st downs
137
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
4-141-8
4th down efficiency
2-40-1
Total Plays7055
Total Yards444462
Yards per play6.38.4
Total Drives1414
Passing273303
Comp-Att
24-3224-39
Yards per pass
8.57.2
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-03-13
Rushing171159
Rushing Attempts
3813
Yards per rush
4.512.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)5-72-3
Penalties6-459-75
Turnovers05
Fumbles lost
03
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession35:3724:23

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Edwards24/322738.5200-0
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Thigpen17/312407.7323-13
Gray7/8769.5100-0

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch20794.0117
Jackson9566.2024
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson78111.6063
Thigpen3299.7012

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans511022.0051
Reed55010.0120
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez1011311.3135
Bowe35819.3129

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFKC
kcTD11:23Jamaal Charles 36 Yard Pass From Tyler Thigpen (Connor Barth Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:45
07
bufTD6:45Marshawn Lynch 1 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yds, 4:33
77
SECOND QUARTERBUFKC
bufFG15:00Rian Lindell 21 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 37 yds, 5:48
107
kcTD13:20Tony Gonzalez 2 Yard Pass From Tyler Thigpen (Connor Barth Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 72 yds, 1:43
1014
bufFG8:20Rian Lindell 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:00
1314
bufTD7:24Leodis Mckelvin 64 Yard Interception Return (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 29 yds, 0:42
2014
kcFG3:27Connor Barth 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 39 yds, 3:49
2017
bufFG1:36Rian Lindell 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 53 yds, 1:49
2317
bufTD0:26Trent Edwards 15 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 53 yds, 1:16
3017
THIRD QUARTERBUFKC
bufTD12:38Trent Edwards 5 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 33 yds, 2:28
3717
bufFG10:09Rian Lindell 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:24
4017
kcTD8:01Mark Bradley 45 Yard Pass From Tyler Thigpen (Connor Barth Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 68 yds, 2:12
4024
bufTD3:05Josh Reed 8 Yard Pass From Trent Edwards (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 83 yds, 4:55
4724
FOURTH QUARTERBUFKC
bufTD9:25Derek Schouman 17 Yard Pass From Trent Edwards (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 44 yds, 1:22
5424
kcTD2:27Dwayne Bowe 3 Yard Pass From Quinn Gray (Connor Barth Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 71 yds, 2:15
5431