Defense remained the Chiefs’ backbone in a 24-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, in front of a crowd determined and victorious in setting a Guinness World Record for loudest crowd at an outdoor stadium, with a 137.5 decibel sound level according to NFL.com.
“Every win is a big win. When you can win with a crowd like this, it makes it even better,” Reid said in his post-game press conference. “I know we were striving to beat the noise record, the decibel record and we got it up to 137.5. That’s pretty incredible and it was loud, I mean real loud, ground-shaking loud.”
Offensively, Kansas City produced 216 total yards and was led by Jamaal Charles’ 78 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. On the other end of the ball, the Chiefs forced three interceptions.
It came with relentless pressure applied to Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor, as the Chiefs tied the second-best franchise mark for sacks in a game with 10, a standard they hadn’t hit since 1998. Linebacker Tamba Hali set his career-high for sacks in a game for the Chiefs with 3.5 for a total loss of 30.5 yards.
Reid also credited the crowd for assisting in the win, as the Raiders committed three false starts and were guilty of three delay-of-game penalties.
While the scoreboard suggests a lopsided victory, it was anything but.
With the game tied at 7 in the third quarter, Kansas City recorded its first interception with safety Quintin Demps coming up with a pick that set up a four-play touchdown drive capped by a two-yard Charles run 2:01 before the fourth quarter.
While late, the Raiders had plenty of time to tie game when they took over at their own 20-yard line with 4:29 left in the game. Oakland threw another interception into the hands of Marcus Cooper, which led to 33-yard field goal form Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop for a 17-7 lead with 2:09 remaining.
Husain Abdullah capped the scoring emphatically, picking off Pryor and returning it 44 yards for a touchdown with 1:35 to play. Fittingly, the game ended with Pryor being sacked by Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano.
“All in all, (it was a) good team win. We don’t take any wins for granted, that’s not how we operate,” said Reid, whose team hosts the Houston Texans Sunday. “We are going to enjoy every one of these that we have a chance to enjoy. The guys will do that tonight. Then, we’ll get back and get ready to go against a good Houston team, coming up.”
BENGALS BRING HOME
It may have taken longer than expected, but the Cincinnati Bengals picked up an overtime victory, 27-24, on the road Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. It puts Cincinnati in sole possession of first place in the AFC North with a 4-2 record.
It saved the Bengals, who have former Glendale Community College player Hue Jackson as their running back coach, from a heartbreaking loss after Buffalo went on a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24 with 1:08 left in regulation.
After forcing a Bills punt in overtime, a 29-yard return from Cincinnati’s Brandon Tate set the Bengals 33 yards out from a score and near field-goal range. When kicker Mike Nugent got his chance he hit a 43-yarder to end the game in the Bengals’ favor after missing a 34-yard kick late in the third quarter that would have given his team a 27-10 lead.