Buffalo Bills report card [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'COACHING -- The Bills’ offensive game plan was sound, until the red zone (just three run calls out of 15 plays). Jerry Gray had defense ready, but his unit wilted at crunch time. The onsides kick call was strong but 13 penalties marred Gregg Williams’ Missouri homecoming. C'
Chiefs keep playoffs hope alive with win over Buffalo [5:29 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Holmes ripped off runs of 15, 12, 8 and 9 yards in the final 4 minutes, moving the chains, consuming clock and forcing the Bills to use their remaining two time outs. Holmes finished the day with 104 yards and his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. He also scored the Chiefs' first touchdown in the opening quarter.'
Much-maligned Warfield saves the day for Chiefs in 17-16 win [5:28 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"I tried to let Drew think that he was open," Warfield said. "I kind of knew (Price's) speed from covering him the rest of the game. I figured he wasn't that fast to run past me."'
Morton and Kennison chip in [5:27 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Although it can hardly be classified as a breakout game, Morton did catch three passes for 52 yards. He now has 19 receptions for 254 yards for the season. Morton's running mate, Eddie Kennison, added three catches for 93 yards and set up the Chiefs' first score by hauling in Trent Green's 44-yard bomb down the left sideline.'
Chiefs' salvation comes from two unlikely sources: Green, Warfield [5:26 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'One week after several dubious calls helped steal a game from the Chiefs, an officiating crew handed Kansas City a victory with a plethora of questionable flags.'
Green does damage with his legs [5:25 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Green's 9-yard touchdown run gave the Chiefs a precarious 17-16 lead, and his 12-yard scramble on third and 6 with just more than 2 minutes remaining preserved it.'
Bills' Williams suffers through sour homecoming [5:24 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"The Chiefs did a good job knowing that we've got some big playmakers on the edges, and those are the areas we can counter by running the football and trying to get us some single coverage and big plays down the field. We had a few shots; we didn't make the play today."'
Holmes is the Chiefs' quiet giant [5:23 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'He never said a word. Priest Holmes doesn't talk in the huddle. All game long, he never once said, "Man, I'm tired," or "Block for me, guys," or "Give me the ball," or "I can't feel my left arm." He never said a word. He never does. "This is you again, Priest," Chiefs quarterback Trent Green said.'
Officials made the game tougher for Buffalo [5:22 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'You wouldn't blame the Buffalo Bills for seeing red after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.'
Chiefs report [5:21 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Bills tried an onside kick in the second quarter after kicking a field goal that cut their deficit to 7-3. They were rewarded for their boldness when Charles Johnson recovered. Buffalo used the resulting field position to move for another field goal. The Bills went after Lyle West, who retreated too quickly from his position on the right side of the Chiefs' front. "I went down a couple steps and tried to come back, but by that time it was too late," West said. "It was a good call on their part.'
Just like old times [5:20 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'Trailing 16-10 and needing to win to remain on the edge of the playoff picture, the Chiefs drove 78 yards -- aided by 44 yards on two controversial penalties against the Bills -- to score the winning touchdown with 4:53 remaining.'
Hero for a day [5:19 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'The most maligned player on the NFL's most criticized defense came through with a game-breaking play to help keep the playoff hopes alive for the Kansas City Chiefs.'
Chiefs notes [5:18 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'Replays and referees were hardly helpful to the visiting Buffalo Bills in their 17-16 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium.'
Amazing Race [5:17 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: '“What they did is they went man-to-man underneath and we had it isolated over there,” Green said. “They ended up doubling Tony (Gonzalez) and Dante (Hall) was one-on-one and was going to come underneath and the guy just grabbed him. I came back backside and looked for my check-down with Priest and they were on him one-on-one and so there was just a lane for me to go."'
Holmes comes up big at right time [5:16 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: '“The Buffalo Bills defensive backs did a wonderful job supporting the run,” said Holmes, who finished with 104 yards on 31 carries. “But when you have a good running game, you’re always running downhill at those guys and they revert to who they really are. They like to defend the pass and not the run.”'
House Calls [5:15 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: '“I sensed the play when he came off and how they lined up,” Warfield said. “They put it on the other side of the field. When he came off with his release, I knew he was going back to the post. It was exact same play I had broken up earlier."'
Warfield wins verbal battle [5:14 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: 'After Price caught a 9-yard pass, he and Warfield traded barbs. Price was upset with Warfield and pushed him from behind. That resulted in a penalty, which played to Warfield’s advantage. “He actually shoved at me, just because I said a few words to him,” Warfield said. “If you can get inside someone’s head then that’s good, then that’s what you want to do. Just knowing him and how he reacts to certain situations, I just made an attempt to go up and say something to him and like I said he responded the way I thought he would.”'
KC defense catching up [5:13 AM]
Wichita Eagle reports: '"When I turned it loose," Bledsoe said, "I really thought I might have overthrown it. The wind held it up. In retrospect, I should have brought Peerless across the field more than I did, rather than taking it straight up the field. That guy made a great play on the ball."'
Chiefs deny Buffalo [5:12 AM]
Springfield News Leader reports: 'The Chiefs, who had the ball only nine minutes in the first half, kept the potent Bills offense off the field in the final 4:14 after maligned cornerback Eric Warfield’s interception to preserve a 17-16 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.'
One special day [5:11 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: 'And while Moorman and Gammon were easily found in their respective locker rooms -- despite the fact that Moorman was surrounded by TV cameras before being whisked away -- two other Pittsburg State grads were hard at work. Buffalo defensive line coach John Levra -- an Arma native -- began his pro career in 1980 with the Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions, and has worked at New Orleans, Chicago, Denver and Minnesota before moving to Buffalo in 1998. Also, Kansas City Chiefs head athletics trainer Dave Kendall's job was just starting as the other Kendall -- Gammon -- was getting ready to hit the showers. Dave Kendall also is a PSU grad. But all-in-all, the impromptu PSU reunion was a success.'
Chiefs Beat Bills in November "Playoff" Game [5:27 PM]
KCChiefs.com reports: 'Remarkably, Buffalo was able to run twice as many offensive plays as the Chiefs, getting 42 snaps compared to 21 for Kansas City, and Buffalo held the ball for 21:01 of the first half compared to 8:59 for the Chiefs.'
Kansas City 17, Buffalo 16 [5:23 PM]
UPI reports: 'The Bills became the latest victim of the Chiefs' fourth-quarter prowess. Kansas City has scored 124 points in the final frame this season, four more than the Dallas Cowboys have scored all year.'
Chiefs 17, Bills 16 [5:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Pass-interference penalties against the Bills on consecutive plays, including a 36-yarder against Chris Watson, allowed the Chiefs (5-5) to set up Green's unexpected scramble.'
Kansas City 17, Buffalo 16 [5:03 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Bledsoe moved over 3,000 passing yards for the season, completing 24-of-36 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. But Bledsoe's interception with 4:26 left killed the Bills' chance at victory.'
Bills-Chiefs game may burn out scoreboard [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills receivers Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed versus Chiefs cornerbacks Eric Warfield, William Bartee and Ray Crockett. The Chiefs rank last in the NFL in total yards allowed (425 a game), passing yards allowed (306 a game) and quarterback sacks (15). Drew Bledsoe is averaging 311 yards a game. He already has topped 300 yards in five games this year and with one more will equal Jim Kelly's record for 300-yard games in a season, set in 1991.'
Bills, Chiefs left with little margin for error [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't think the margin of error is such that we can't have any errors or bumps along the way, but it is a very small margin," wide receiver Peerless Price said. "We're in a really good position right now because we control our own destiny. You don't want to depend on, "Well, if Miami beats the Jets then we can squeak in there.' No, you want to control your own destiny, and that's the good thing about it right now."'
Bills may be tied at the top, but it still doesn't feel like first place [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This Bills team seems more like an intruder, like someone who wandered into the wrong party by mistake. Yes, they're 5-4; they control their own destiny; they could win the division and make the playoffs, maybe even get a bye. But they still seem like an average team to me, a team that's tied for first place and fighting for its life at the same time.'
Franchise player [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think maybe if somebody else had come in, some of the free-agent guys that were out there, I would have been in a situation to compete," Van Pelt said this past week. "But anytime you can get a guy like Drew in on your team, you're only doing great things for your team. When that happened, yeah, I was a little disappointed obviously, but, more so than anything else, excited about working with him and what he's going to bring to the team."'
Bills point to winning, not scoring [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: '“I don’t remember seeing it this competitive,” veteran Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. “I don’t call it parity ... I just call it tough football teams.”'
Q&A with Phil Crosby [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] What’s the key to the perfect block? [A:] ’’The key to a perfect block is leg drive and execution. You need good pad level and leverage. It’s just good fundamentals.’’'
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