Ranking the Kansas City Chiefs top 10 games of the decade
8. Chiefs 56, Raiders 31: Dec. 15, 2013
The score itself shows that this was not a very competitive game. Although the Oakland Raiders cut the deficit to four points in the third quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs quickly took momentum away from the Raiders.
But it was one man who excelled in this game: running back Jamaal Charles dominated the Raiders and had one of the best games in NFL history.
On the first offensive play of the game, the Chiefs threw a 49-yard screen pass to Charles, who ran to the end zone. On nearly the same exact play call a bit later, Charles scored again, this time from 39 yards out. Charles added to his stat line on the ground in the second quarter on a rushing touchdown. But he went back to air game and caught his third score from quarterback Alex Smith.
After the Raiders scored 21 consecutive points, Charles fifth touchdown came from a pass from Smith, outrunning the entire Raiders defense 71 yards to the end zone.
Charles ran eight times for 20 yards and a touchdown, in addition to his eight receptions for 195 yards and four touchdowns. Altogether, Charles touched the ball 16 times for 215 yards and a franchise single-game best of five touchdowns. Charles is one of 13 players in NFL history to score five touchdowns.
The Chiefs have had four-touchdown performances from Abner Haynes, Bert Coan, Derrick Blaylock and Larry Johnson once. Frank Jackson and Priest Holmes each did it twice. Charles became the second player in franchise history to have a five-touchdown performance, the other being Haynes in 1961, back when the Chiefs were the Dallas Texans.
Charles was the only NFL player this past decade to score five touchdowns in one game. Gale Sayers and Dub Jones still remain as the only players to score six in a single-game.