Chiefs Lost Golden Opportunity Sunday

The Chiefs took a step back in their bid to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2003 when they managed only three points in a dismal loss at Buffalo.

As defensive tackle Lional Dalton noted afterward, "If you want to get into the playoffs, you've got to win on the road."

Kansas City, 5-3 coming in, thought it had a chance to do just that against the Bills. Instead, quarterback Trent Green had his worst day -- as measured by passer efficiency rating -- since 2001, his first year with the Chiefs. He threw three interceptions and was sacked six times as Kansas City posted its lowest point total since being shut out at Oakland in the season finale of the 2002 season.

On a day when the embattled Chiefs defense yielded only 209 yards -- its best performance since giving up only 207 in a Monday night win in Baltimore last year -- two big plays made the difference. The Chiefs held the Bills in check aside from two touchdown passes from Bills backup quarterback J.P. Losman to Lee Evans, but the Chiefs offense managed absolutely nothing.

"I thought the defense did a lot of good things and kept the game close enough, other than the two big plays you can't take away," Coach Dick Vermeil said. "But we would have had to shut them out to have won 3-0."

CHIEFS REWIND:
Eric Warfield was beaten twice on J.P. Losman-to-Lee Evans touchdown passes despite having decent pass coverage on both. The grabs gave the Bills a 14-3 win over the Chiefs.

Warfield mistimed his leap on Losman's 33-yard pass to Evans in the second quarter as the Bills took a 7-3 lead.

In the third period, Warfield was in close contact, but a well-thrown pass and a skillful catch in the end zone gave Buffalo an 11-point lead that was too much for Kansas City's suddenly stagnant offense to overcome.

PLAYER NOTES:
RB Larry Johnson had his third 100-yard game of the season and the sixth of his career with a 132-yard performance against Buffalo. Johnson had 100 yards by halftime. His long run of the day, 24 yards, was the big play in the drive for Lawrence Tynes' field goal that provided Kansas City's only points.

K Lawrence Tynes saw his string of 14 consecutive field-goal attempts end when he missed back-to-back kicks of 44 and 43 yards into the swirling winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Tynes missed wide right on the first, then tried to compensate and missed to the left on the next.

DE Jared Allen had his second multiple-sack game of the year with two sacks against Buffalo. Allen forced a fumble on his first sack. The second-year player now has seven for the season. He had nine last year.

QB Trent Green had his string of 159 consecutive passes without an interception snapped when he threw his first of three interceptions against Buffalo. Green also lost a fumble for the third consecutive game.

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