Chiefs crush Raiders to clinch playoffs

  • Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) goes 47 yards with an interception to score. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

OAKLAND — Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times and perhaps there's a spot for me on the Raiders defense.

In the first 25 minutes of Sunday's game at O.co Coliseum, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles scored three times on simple screen passes to the left side. They weren't the only important plays in the Chiefs' 56-31 victory, but they were indicative of how badly things have deteriorated for a defense that was being hailed as one of the NFL's most improved less than two months ago.

This was the second complete meltdown by coordinator Jason Tarver's defensive unit. On Nov. 3, Philadelphia's Nick Foles tied a league record with seven touchdown passes here. Sunday, the Raiders gave up more points than any team in franchise history.

Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs


“We get paid out there to play, we get paid out there to not let these guys light up the scoreboard the way they did,” Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter said. “They did, in fact, what we didn't want them to do. We have no one to blame but ourselves.”

Charles did much of the damage. The explosive back had 195 yards on eight receptions, and became the first player in league history to score four receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a single game.

At the end of the year, Charles may get a trophy as the NFL's most valuable player. Sunday, he got a beer in the face from fans in the Black Hole after one of his TDs.

“I had to wipe it down,” Charles said. “I was like, whoa, they just threw beer at me. That's the fun about this game, playing in this Black Hole, seeing their fans get into the game so much. They get crazy.”

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