1:00 PM ET, December 26, 2010
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Matt Cassel's three TD passes help Chiefs crush Titans before winning AFC West
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- His kids started "going crazy." His phone started ringing off the hook. Todd Haley knew good things must be happening in Cincinnati.They were. The Bengals upended the San Diego Chargers, making Haley's Kansas City Chiefs the worst-to-first champions of the AFC West on Sunday."Everybody that's worked really hard and had to go through some difficult days, this is a day to enjoy and feel good about ourselves," said KC's second-year head coach.
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• The Chiefs improved to 7-0 at home and recorded their first 10-win season since 2005. Kansas City had won 10 total games from 2007-2009.
• Jamaal Charles became the first Chiefs RB with two receiving TDs in the same game since Kimble Anders in 1996.
• Dwayne Bowe had 153 yards receiving, including a 75-yard touchdown to add to his league-leading 15 receiving scores.
• Matt Cassel threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns to total 27 for the season. Cassel is three TDs short of the Chiefs' single-season record.
• At 6-9, Tennessee has locked up its first losing season since 2005.
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In the first quarter, Marc Mariani broke the Titans' franchise record for kickoff return yards of 1,317 set by Bobby Jancik in 1963. ... It was the seventh time this season a Chiefs opponent failed to score in the first quarter. ... Bowe and Charles are the Chiefs' third WR-RB combo to go over 1,000 yards receiving-running in a season. ... The announced crowd of 65,606 was the smallest of the year at Arrowhead. ... Thomas Jones fumbled in the fourth quarter, ending his streak of touches without a fumble at 862.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.8||5.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-0||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||11:25||Jamaal Charles 14 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yds, 3:41
|TD||1:59||Jamaal Charles 5 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 61 yds, 4:43
|FG||11:36||Ryan Succop 35 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 46 yds, 3:38
|TD||7:30||Dwayne Bowe 75 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 82 yds, 2:05
|TD||4:23||Kenny Britt 53 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 53 yds, 0:00
|TD||0:37||Eric Berry 54 Yard Interception Return (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 66 yds, 0:05
|FG||5:48||Ryan Succop 42 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 1:26
|TD||3:39||Jared Cook 22 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 69 yds, 2:08
Matt Cassel's plus-20 TD-to-INT differential is the best in franchise history, one better than Steve DeBerg's plus-19 mark from 1990.
Single Season, Chiefs History
Kerry Collins has passed the 40,000-yard mark for his career. He joins Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the only active quarterbacks with at least 40,000 career passing yards. He is the 12th player in NFL history to pass the mark.[+]
Matt Cassel had 3 pass TD vs the Titans and now has 27 this season. That is tied for the 4th-most in a single season in Chiefs history.[+]
Eric Berry: 54-yd Int Ret TD; 1st career defensive TD; 3rd Int Ret TD by the Chiefs this season, T-2nd most in the NFL.
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