December 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) celebrates after scoring a 71-yard touchdown during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Clinch a Playoff Spot in Blowout Against the Raiders


The Kansas City Chiefs are in the playoffs. Yes, you read that right. The Chiefs have secured a playoff spot for the first time since 2010 when they won the AFC West.

The best part: They didn’t rely on another team to win or lose or tie to make it happen. They went into the “Black Hole” of the Oakland County Collesium and took it. In a big way.

This team hung 56 points on the Oakland Raiders.

But believe it or not, it didn’t come easy. In fact, there was a point in the third quarter where many Addicts watching the game and commenting on the Live Game Thread thought the Chiefs might lose the game.

The Chiefs started fast on offense and didn’t look back. The first play from scrimmage saw Alex Smith hit Jamaal Charles on a short screen pass. After that, Charles did what Charles does and took it 49 yards to the house. No big deal, right?

After a subsequent Raider field goal, the Chiefs got the ball. After a couple of great passes from Smith, he hit Charles on another screen pass. Charles took it 39 yards to the end zone for the second score of the game.

On the very next possession, safety Eric Berry read the rookie quarterback, Matt McGloin’s eyes, and stepped in front of a pass taking it 47 yards to the house.

Are you seeing a pattern here?

The Chiefs were pedal to the metal for the whole game. Well, at least the offense was.

The defense, on the other hand, had a little trouble stopping the Raiders. On the day, the Chiefs “D” allowed 461 yards of offense and gave up 31 points to the Raiders. Perhaps even more frightening, they went another game without a sack. Not getting the pass rush left the secondary on an island, which allowed the Raiders’ quarterbacks to chew them up.

I don’t want to be the Debbie Downer here though. The defense did some good things. The Chiefs defense came up with seven takeaways. Yes, you read that right. They had five interceptions and recovered two fumbles. Five of the seven turnovers resulted in points. That was 35 points created off of takeaways. The Chiefs lead the NFL in this category, by the way.

All in all, this was another statement win for the Chiefs. Was the defense as dominant as they were last week against the Washington Redskins? No, not all. But they did thing they had to do to win. It’s not what the fans have been used to the last 15 weeks, but it worked for today.

Jamaal Charles was the hero of the day, though. He had quite the pedestrian day rushing the ball, picking up only 20 yards on 8 attempts and a TD. But through the air, he was unstoppable. In addition to the two touchdowns mentioned above, Charles found the end zone two other times through the air. Charles on the day had a ridiculous 195 receiving yards, including a 71 yard strike on a wheel route. He hauled in four TDs through the air, becoming the first running back in the history of the NFL to do that.

Smith was anything but pedestrian on the day as well, throwing for 287 yards and only three of his passes falling incomplete. Not only did Smith’s first touchdown (on his first attempt) break his career season record with his 19th TD, but he didn’t stop until he broke a single game best with five TD’s, with the fifth score going to the “bearded one” tight end Sean McGrath.

This was the most dominant the Chiefs offense has looked all season. In fact, with the exception of about 10 minutes in the third quarter, they looked damn-near unstoppable.

This is what the world expected out of an Andy Reid run offense. It’s arrived. Just in time, too.

Ladies and gentlemen, and Addicts…the Chiefs are in the playoffs!

 

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  • guest

    You said it brotha.

  • micah stephenson

    Andy Ried is the man!!!! J.Charles shud b MVP even over Manning! Did we have 8 takeaways today?

    • jdilla415

      No alex smith sucks micah? Comon man, I thought you were consistent

      • micah stephenson

        Where do it say Alex Smith don’t suck?

    • stevekozak

      Best thing Andy did was go out and grab Alex Smith to lead this team!!!

    • Jason Seibel

      We had 7. Like I said in my article.

      • Jordan

        Can I like this twice?

  • DTVTechGuy

    Now…. Denver and KC both roll next weekend… Final weekend…. Raiders upset the Broncos… Chiefs beat the Chargers…. #1 seed…

    You heard it here first!

    Lock it down!

    • micah stephenson

      I wish

    • micah stephenson

      That wud b sweeeeeeet!

    • stevekozak

      That would be awesome!!

    • Jason Seibel

      Was your guess on the title close?

      • DTVTechGuy

        I was hoping for ” Raiders Can Suck It ”

        I know it would never happen…. But a man can dream.

        • jacati

          hahahahahahahha. SWEET

  • micah stephenson

    Lol. This dude always try to hype up Alex Smith. How many of his Jerseys did you buy? 195 of those yards and 4 tds was cus of J.Charles.

    • A1 Yola

      I hear you! Y.A.C. should count as rushing.

      • berttheclock

        Then, Jerry Rice was one Hell of a Rusher.

        • A1 Yola

          I agree

      • Jason Seibel

        And Geno Smith wasn’t nothing in college cause all his yardage was YAC.

        • A1 Yola

          I’m no Geno Smith fan. I’m not an Alex Smith hater either, but Charles made Alex look good today, not the other way around.

          • stevekozak

            I give all props to Charles! He is a talented beast! However, part of effective quarterbacking and leadership is making those around you better. Alex has that is spades!

          • jacati

            Cassel couldn’t have made those throws

      • KCMikeG

        And PI penalty yardage should count as passing and receiving yardage too – but the reality is none of them count.

    • Jason Seibel

      I bought one, Micah. And he hyped himself today. 5 TDs and a perfect QB rating will do that.

    • KCMikeG

      Yes the yards/TD’s were because of Charles AND AS11 AND the guys downfield blocking. This is a team game and nobody does it all by themselves.

      • micah stephenson

        Lucky we have 52 other players. Its a team game.

        • KCMikeG

          Go back and watch the play in the 3rd quarter. AS11 throws a perfect pass 25 yards downfield in the air dropping in between two defenders into JC’s hands in stride which allowed him to make the move back inside taking advantage of Hemingway’s block. No way you can discount AS11′s role in that play that and say it was all JC.

      • jacati

        Word

  • micah stephenson

    Go CHIEEEEEEFS

  • paul pace

    The Chiefs took it to the Faiders! Although, I started to get a little worried in the 3rd quarter, the Chiefs gained the momentum back in the 4th quarter and spanked them! I just don’t know why they couldn’t get to Oakland’s qb. The Chiefs made him rush his throw several times, which resulted in several picks, but they couldn’t put him on the ground. Hopefully, when Houston comes back we will start to see that change because they are going to need that pass rush in the playoffs! But, hey they are going to the playoffs!!!!!!

    • berttheclock

      Veldheer tackling the throat of Hali had a bit to do with that.

      • KCMikeG

        Uncalled holding was atrocious.

        • Jordan

          Always is. Not to mention we got the rookie refs apparently, did you expect this to change?

          • KCMikeG

            No – not really. But that won’t stop me from complaining about it just like the weather! There was a play where their RT still had a hold of Zombo’s jersey after he was 2 yards past him – No flag of course.

  • micah stephenson

    158.3 QB rating for A.Smith.

    • Jason Seibel

      And what do you think about that?

      • micah stephenson

        Mostly Charles. But I do like how we can win without Alex. With Charles, this defense and this special teams, All Alex has to do is not f**k up. The offense looks a lot better now that we trying to win it with Charles instead of Alex. Keep Alex throws down to about 20 passes and let Charles do wat he do and the offense is alright.

        • Jason Seibel

          Are you high? How did we just win without Alex Smith? He threw 5 TD’s! He only threw 3 incompletions. The only reason he only threw 20 times was A: the Chiefs were up by a lot and B: the offense was either on a short field because of a turnover or because they were on the sideline because the defense allowed some long drives.

          I get you’re “the guy who doesn’t like Alex Smith” but come on man. You just sound silly now.

          • micah stephenson

            With out Alex means, if we keep running with Charles, if charles keeps turning negative 2 yrd passes to 50 yard passes, if the defense keeps getting turnovas and scoring tds, if we keep getting special team returns for tds plus we #1 in avg starting field pos, if dustin keeps pinning them deep (I believe he is one or 2 in the lg), if all phases keep clicking like this all Alex has to do is not fuck up. Give him 20 passes mostly check downs and he shud b ok. Its not a big deal that Alex ain’t that good, luckly there are 52 other players

          • tnafam

            you think we can win without Smith, so you think we can win with Chase Daniels? I mean we did have charles last year too….

          • micah stephenson

            We didn’t have Ried, Sutton, Toub, B.Childress and the rest of this awesome coaching staff. Alex is slightly better than Cassel or Quinn but we can do better. We pretty much stacked at every position except QB.

          • Jason Seibel

            You couldn’t be anymore wrong.

          • A1 Yola

            Cassel showed His ass today! Almost 400 yards.

          • micah stephenson

            I bet they fans ain’t saying we set at QB.

          • micah stephenson

            Chase Daniels wud b moving backwards! I want to upgraded, not down grade.

          • Stan

            You’re such an “IDIOT”.

          • micah stephenson

            Here you go with them names again dog! I wud love to fuck you up. I really wud!!! If I cud catch yo ass in traffic!!! Lock me in the same room with you!

          • Stan

            Why do you swear so much? Can’t you talk without using the “F” word? I guess you don’t believe in “Sticks and stones may break my back but words will never hurt. But I feel sorry for you. The only way to express yourself is to just say “FU” or I’ll get you, that is so cool. Your remarks are just not very thoughtful, you know ignorant.

          • micah stephenson

            I don’t cus a lot till its time to kick some ass! You better watch that disrespect!

          • Stan

            Well then I’ll take a page out of your book, “Fuck Off”

          • jdilla415

            Stan, don’t feed the troll. Micah is the biggest joke of them all. His football IQ has been exposed by you and countless others. He’s and internet thug, who threatens to beat people up on a blog. Honestly I think he is some 14 year old kid. Maybe Alex Smith didn’t give him a high five at training camp. Who knows.

          • micah stephenson

            The only time I ever talk of beating somebody up is when they disrespect me. Now in yo neighbor hood they might call the police when when somebody disrepects them, or brush it off like ha ha very funny, but in my neighborhood we take you outside and teach you some respect.

          • Pealvin

            I don’t agree with most of what he says but there is no need to call him names.

          • Stan

            Yeah and I guess you like when he says “I’ll fuck you up”. The guys is a loose canon.

          • micah stephenson

            Are you high? 3 of them was All Charles and the wheel route was a ten yrd pass turned into a big play

          • jacati

            Cassel couldn’t have made those throws.

        • stevekozak

          Micah, you are so funny! I can’t help but laugh at you. In the process of not Fing up, Alex coincidentally threw 5 TDs. Purely by accident, you understand…….. :)

          • micah stephenson

            4 of them was Charles being Charles. Which is good.

        • Nicholas Abuhl

          Alex smith is above average. While not the typical Brady or manning style of play, he is still elite in his playing style. There’s no other “well if so and so didn’t do this or that” Charles is a amazing athlete that does his job. Alex is a fantastic athlete that while lacks the deep arm accuracy, more than makes up for it with his smarts and mobility. Put any other quality running back in the position of Charles and I almost grantee he comes out with three TD’s. Today was a TEAM effort. Without the guys in front of Charles he doesn’t do what he did today. Yes he would score, but not in the same fashion. Also putting Alex smith and Cassel and Quinn in the same sentence ? Should be a crime. Don’t ever compare them. Not even I’m the same ballpark productivity. Alex is getting better and better. While still needs ,MUCH improvement… hi can say in cofidence he has not reached his potential. You can not honestly say you haven’t seen the progression from week 1 to date. It’s astronomical. Astounding. With credit going to the chiefs entire organization. He’s making better decisions, more accurate, seeing wide open receivers more, better pocket presence, more confidence. It’s no longer will Alex “f**k” it up as you put it. It’s will he win it for us. While appreciating your stance on realism.. don’t mistake it for stupidity or blindness. My two cents.

        • Larry Devore

          Without Alex to throw the ball, Charles would not have had that big a day. He ran for 20 yards. give credit where credit is due.

    • berttheclock

      But, Geno would have had a 159.3 rating, eh? He couldn’t, you say, because a 158.3 is considered to be a Perfect Rating. But, But, But, Geno would have at least tied it, eh?

      BTW, I thought the most impressive TD was the 71 yarder, not, because it went for so much distance, but, because it was called on a 3rd and 1 play. It reminded me of the days of Cool Lenny when, he would go for the score on 3rd and 1. Smith hit Charles down the side line, then, he made a terrific cut back across the field.

      • micah stephenson

        Get off Geno’s nuts! Lol

      • micah stephenson

        158.3 is the max. Alex said in his press conference “I feel like I didn’t do much, I threw 3 screen passes that turned into big plays, I stood on the sholders of the other 52 players” and he right. Its natural for my haters to want talk shit when they can but that still don’t make Alex that good.

        • stevekozak

          Micah, Alex Smith is an humble dude. He doesn’t look for acclaim. He is a great leader and a great teammate. Of course he is going to give the credit to his teammates. That is what a non-egotistical team player does.

          • micah stephenson

            I agree but its also the truth. The team is carring Alex more than Alex carring the team. Which is good..

          • Curtis

            The team isn’t carrying Alex. He’s sure as hell doing his part. Even if it’s not Peyton Manning level dude.

          • Calchiefsfan

            Exactly my sentiments.

      • Jason Seibel

        I thought it was impressive because the pass from Smith was perfect.

        • micah stephenson

          It was a nice pass. Alex ain’t the worst. He just ain’t the best. He just hella avg

          • Jason Seibel

            And oh…ny the way…that perfect pass to JC was on third down when the Chiefs had just given up 21 unanswered points. The Raiders never scored again.

    • stevekozak

      Are you becoming a convert, Micah? :)

      • micah stephenson

        No

        • Jordan

          Haha! Micah I have the HIGHEST respect for you man even when the facts turn on you, in a mass of convereted smith believers, and after a career game for smith, you still hold to your beliefs! I mean no sarcasm here that take fortitude man.

      • KCMikeG

        Reality < Perception…..

    • Stacy D. Smith

      On the season… 291 Comp, 479 Att, 60% Comp Rate, 6.6 YPA, 23 TD’s, 6 INT’s, 90 Passer Rating. It’s time for you to give credit where credit is due. This is BY FAR his best NFL season.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Remember when we got Smith how many people were repeating the mantra of “he is only good because of Harbaugh and his system”. Turns out they were way wrong I’m happy to say. Wait til next year when Dorsey beefs up our receiving corp and Smith has had a full year with Reid’s system.

      • BWrangler

        I’ll take that line from our QB anyday, and literally twice on Sunday…

    • BWrangler

      Micah, you’re still killing me.

      • micah stephenson

        How am I killing you?

  • Arrowhead Magic

    This should have been a much worse blowout, but the refs did their best to keep the Raiders in the game. There were a lot of suspect calls against us today.

    • A1 Yola

      I know right. The refs tried their best to give this game to the Raiders! Did you notice the delay of game on the Raiders that didn’t get called in the first?

      • Jason Seibel

        Screaming at my tv

        • A1 Yola

          Zombo breathes on a Receiver in the End-zone and gets flagged!

  • Steve Krenek

    Our pass defence gonna give me a stroke!!

  • berttheclock

    How about a shout out to A J Jenkins, whose great tackle created a fumble. He, also, had a running play. Kudos to Dorsey for making that Baldwin for Jenkins trade. Baldwin would have never been in on Special Teams. Jenkins has regained the confidence he lost with the Niners.

    • jdilla415

      Agreed. He’s gaining more confidence with every week

      • A1 Yola

        Is He the guy that muffed the punt in the Super Bowl last year?

        • KCMikeG

          No that is Kyle Williams.

          • A1 Yola

            Okay. The Chiefs love sum 49er cast-offs. Trying to bring that West Coast offense back to K.C. I guess.

    • KCMikeG

      Actually it was Josh Martin who knocked the ball loose and Abdullah who recovered. I see improvement in Jenkins and still have hope he could develop this next offseason to replace Avery.

  • stevekozak

    KC Fans loving ya’ll some Alex Smith about now? :):):)

    • micah stephenson

      Not me.

      • jdilla415

        Troll

        • micah stephenson

          Yo momma!

          • Jordan

            And on the eighth day Micah raised a comeback from the grave.

          • Chris Tarrants

            Lmfao old school insults are always the best

          • guest

            Yo momma never gets old lol

      • stevekozak

        Ah come on, Micah, you can admit it! You have his Fathead on your wall!!! :)

        • micah stephenson

          Lol

    • Jason Seibel

      Have been since day one, bro! So happy he’s here.

  • micah stephenson

    I’m ready for this Colts game!!!!

  • micah stephenson

    J.Charles is AMAZING!!!!! His performance today was almost unbelievable!!!

    • BWrangler

      Voted you down because you’re delusional. You have no idea what a football player is supposed to do at his position.

      • micah stephenson

        Well I voted you down too, becuase you are delusional at what I know. I’ve played and coached plenty of football.

      • steve james

        Elaborate on this thought. First rb to ever catch 4tds in a game is historic. Are you saying they are not using him right?

        • BWrangler

          No, JC is being used to perfection. He has a good QB feeding him the rock, something micah will never say because he hates Alex Smith with a passion and gives him no credit whatsoever.

  • micah stephenson

    Eric Berry had a nice game too!

  • tomflex

    When you go to Oakland to play football there is no such thing as normal. Anything that you are normally good at will probably be your worst and anything you are normally bad at will often shine like the sun. Take away nothing from this game except the win. Don’t refer to any statistical data because it’s skewed by abnormality,
    and just be thankful you got out of there without getting your leg blown off by a land mine…..Oh wait I keep getting Oakland mixed up with Beirut….

  • Calchiefsfan

    I knew this was going to be a blowout but I have to admit I never thought they would hang 31 points on the Chiefs D. Gotta wonder what’s up with that? Hopefully Houston will be back with a vengeance next week.We’re going to crush Indy too. Looks like Denver is back as the #1 seed. We go through Indy then the Patriots to get back to Denver for the AFC Championship game.

    • tnafam

      didn’t brandon flowers left the game and then we had linebackers like zombo covering speedy receivers?

      • Calchiefsfan

        Maybe you’re right, didn’t see it. When I rewatch the game I’ll look for it.

        • Jordan

          He was only out for a couple minutes before the half back after the break

      • sidibeke

        But Zombo was a liability today. Hoping Houston can get back on the field.

        Also, just a weird game, though. Weird momentum, calls, Lewis’ hat coming off. Funny how games take on lives of their own.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Andy Reid = Coach of the Year.

    • micah stephenson

      He’s got my vote

  • Stacy D. Smith

    *Playoff berth fist pump*

    • guest

      Techno music playing jersey shore style.. (duulsh duulsh duulsh)

  • micah stephenson

    They hardly ever talk about the Chiefs on ESPN or the NFL network. :-(:-(:-(

  • ILChiefan

    I don’t comment often, but……….why do you guys keep responding to Micah? He obviously won’t be convinced and even on a day when Smith earns a ‘perfect’ QB rating, he finds fault. It reminds me of the days with ‘Herm’s the Man’. Like a nasty rash, ignore it and maybe it will go away.

    • micah stephenson

      Matt Cassel had a 389 yards passing and a good QB rating. Do that mean he is the long term anser at QB?

      • Jason Seibel

        Have the Minnesota Vikings won 11 games this year? When you are blind to the whole picture, you’re blind to everything. Who do you want at QB?

        • micah stephenson

          We stuck with Smith for now but you shud know I always want the best rookie QB in the draft.

          • Jason Seibel

            It’s a wasted pick, for now. Why would the Chiefs draft someone in the first round right now when they’ll likely have Smith for the next 4-5 years. It just doesn’t make any sense.

    • micah stephenson

      They respond to me cus they like me. Now who are you again?

      • ILChiefan

        Just a literate poster that takes the facts and bases comments on them, without resorting to cussing or idiotic threats. Where does it say in my post I said Cassel is the long-term answer? I like Smith.
        And now, I begin my ‘boycott micah until he has something intelligent to say.’ You’ll know I think you’ve done that if I respond to you again. Goodbye, Micah……….probably forever.