Charles' 5 TDs give Chiefs party spark
OAKLAND, Calif. — Jamaal Charles turned the Chiefs' playoff clinching party into a game-long celebration.
Charles scored the first of his team record-tying five touchdowns on a 49-yard screen pass on the first play from scrimmage as Kansas City beat Oakland and clinched a playoff spot. Alex Smith threw four of his five touchdowns to Charles as the Chiefs became the fourth team to make the playoffs a year after at least 14 losses.
"Anytime you can be a part of the turnaround, it's a special feeling," Smith said. "These guys have worked hard and deserve a ton of credit."
Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and lost a fumble for Oakland, which allowed the most points in franchise history.