Smith and Charles combine for huge day

By Jeremy Kahn

OAKLAND-Even though Alex Smith never played a regular season game at the Oakland Coliseum before Sunday, he definitely owned the place on this afternoon.

Smith went 17-for-20 with 287 yards passing and five touchdown passes, as the Kansas City Chiefs simply throttled the Oakland Raiders 56-31 at the Oakland Coliseum.

Besides the five touchdown passes, Smith also ended the game with a passer rating of 158.3, a perfect rating and is the second opposing quarterback to end the game with a perfect rating against the Raiders this season.

Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles turned the trick on November 3, as he also threw seven touchdown passes against the Raiders in a 49-20 Eagles victory.

The Raiders are the first team in NFL history receiving end of a perfect passer rating twice in the same season.

Things began to look bleak on the first play from scrimmage, as Smith found Jamaal Charles on a screen play and the running back raced 49 yards into the end zone to give the Chiefs a 7-0 just 22 seconds into the game.

From then on, it would turn out to be a huge day for the talented running back out of the University of Texas.

Charles caught passes eight passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns, and added eight carries for 20 yards and a rushing touchdown to end the afternoon with a team-record tying five touchdowns.

Abner Haynes scored five five touchdowns against the Raiders in 1961, when the Chiefs were not even the Chiefs, as they were in their second of three seasons as the Dallas Texans.

The 56 points scored by the Chiefs are the most ever allowed by a Raiders team in a game since the founding of the team in 1960.

It breaks the record of 55 that was set just last season, when the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens accomplished the feat.

Following a Sebastian Janikowski field goal, the duo of Smith and Charles was at it again, as Smith found Charles for a 39-yard touchdown to increase their lead up to 14-3 with under eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Eric Berry then intercepted a pass to make it 21-3, as he took a Matt McGloin pass 47 yards into the end zone.

On the ensuing Raiders drive, Rashad Jennings scored from one yard out to cut the lead down to 11 points.

McGloin fumbled the ball on his own 11-yard line, and it was recovered by Chiefs defensive lineman Tamba Hali.

After the fumble, Charles then caught his third touchdown of the first half, as he took a handoff from Smith and went into the end zone from one yard out to increase their up to 28-10.

Berry then ended Raiders next drive again, as he picked off his second pass of the half and returned it 49 yards to the Raiders 31-yard line.

Charles then scored his fourth touchdown in the first half, and his third receiving touchdown, as he took a Smith 16 yards to the end zone.

Jennings then made it 35-17, as he scored his second touchdown of the afternoon on a one-yard touchdown run.

After the half, the Raiders drove the right down and scored, as McGloin found Andre Holmes in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown pass.

The Chiefs then went three-and-out, and then McGloin did it again, finding Mychal Rivera for a 14-yard touchdown pass to narrow the Chiefs down to just four points.

Unfortunately, the Chiefs would have none of that, as Smith hooked up with Charles again, as Charles went 71 yards to the end zone much to the dismay of the Raiders sitting in “The Black Hole.”

Taiwan Jones then fumbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff, and it was recovered by Husain Abdullah at the Raiders’ 29-yard line.

Smith then threw his fifth touchdown pass of the afternoon, a six-yard pass to Sean McGrath to increase the Chiefs up to 49-31.

After three straight possessions that ended in turnovers by each team, Knile Davis put an end to scoring, as he went over left tackle from 17 yards out.

When the day was over the Raiders committed seven turnovers, their most in a game since also committing seven turnovers against the Miami Dolphins in 1998.

McGloin ended the day going 18-for-36 for 297 yards passing with a touchdown and four interceptions.

Terrelle Pryor threw one completion in four attempts for 12 yards and an interception.

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