Five-star Charles boosts Chiefs
Jamaal Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game and Alex Smith threw five TD passes as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 56-31 to clinch at least a wildcard spot.
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Charles did it all day long, catching eight passes for 195 yards in the third-most productive receiving day by a running back since the 1970 merger.
He joined Shaun Alexander, Jerry Rice and Clinton Portis as the only players since the merger to score five touchdowns and gain at least 200 yards from scrimmage in a single game.
The Chiefs (11-3) scored the most points ever against the Raiders (4-10) and became the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games.
Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and lost a fumble while sharing time with Terrelle Pryor as Oakland (4-10) allowed the most points in franchise history and lost its fourth straight game.
The Raiders had seven turnovers overall.
The Chiefs built a 35-10 lead before the Raiders scored three straight touchdowns to make it a game late in the third quarter. It quickly became a blowout again.
On a third-and-1, Smith found Charles on a wheel route down the sideline for a completion. Charles then cut toward the middle and raced in for the 71-yard score that tied Abner Haynes' team record set in 1961 against the Raiders with five TDs in a game.
The Chiefs put the game away after Taiwan Jones fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up a 6-yard TD pass to Sean McGrath that made it 49-21.
Knile Davis' 17-yard run midway through the fourth quarter gave the Chiefs the highest-scoring game in the NFL this season and the most points ever scored against the Raiders, breaking the mark of 55 last reached by Baltimore in 2012.