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REGULAR-SEASON SERIES RECORD: Buffalo leads, 19-16-1. The Chiefs have had a distinct advantage at Arrowhead in recent years, going 5-1 in the last six games played there. The quarterback in the only Bills win? Rob Johnson, in 2000.
Down 3-0 in the second quarter, Bills quarterback Kelly Holcomb was knocked out of the game with a concussion on a sack/fumble by Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen. Enter once and future starting quarterback J.P. Losman. Pressed into service, Losman found Lee Evans on touchdown passes of 33 and 29 yards, and the Buffalo defense did the rest to send the Chiefs to their fifth straight loss in Rich/Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Larry Johnson managed to pad his stats, finishing with 132 yards on 27 carries, but the Bills made Trent Green’s life miserable with six sacks and three interceptions, and Kansas City never got past the Buffalo 14-yard line all afternoon.
Terrence McGee, Angelo Crowell, and Rashad Baker took turns picking off Green; a fumble recovery by Jeff Posey on London Fletcher’s sack/strip accounted for the fourth Kansas City turnover.
Losman completed 9-of-16 passes for 137 yards and the two touchdowns to Evans, was sacked just once, and didn’t turn the ball over.
Willis McGahee had a quiet afternoon, finishing with 66 yards on 20 carries.
The Bills fought back to 4-5 with the win, but would drop the next five games as the season spiraled to a dismal conclusion.
The infamous “Kansas City Massacre”, another in a string of prime-time flameouts by Buffalo. Believe it or not, the Bills were actually ahead early on; after forcing a three-and-out on Kansas City’s first possession, Pierson Prioleau blocked a punt through the end zone for a 2-0 lead. That lasted only slightly longer than Dante Hall’s 67-yard touchdown catch on the Chiefs’ next drive, though, and the rout was on. The halftime score was 28-5; after the first four Bills second-half possessions all ended in turnovers (two interceptions, a fourth-down sack, and a sack/fumble), Drew Bledsoe made way for Alex Van Pelt, who promptly threw two picks of his own.
Buffalo turned the ball over seven times, the Chiefs none.
Travis Henry’s performance was one of the few bright spots for Buffalo. Although most of his yards came in the second half, with the game out of reach, Henry finished with 124 yards on 22 carries for his second consecutive 100-yard game.
Priest Holmes made the most of just 15 carries, piling up 83 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bills special teams kept Hall in check, but the defense didn’t fare nearly as well. The diminutive receiver ended up with 107 yards on four catches, marking just the second 100-yard game of his four-year career.
The Chiefs improved to 8-0 with the victory. They’d finish the season 13-3, earning a first-round bye, but would lose a 38-31 shootout to the Colts in their divisional playoff game.
Buffalo dropped to 4-4 heading into their bye week, and would win just twice more that season, head coach Gregg Williams’ last in Buffalo.