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Sep 29, 2014 9:11 PM

Chiefs lead Patriots 7-0 after first quarter

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jamaal Charles pronounced himself healthy in his return from an ankle injury, scoring from a couple yards out and giving the Kansas City Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the New England Patriots after the first quarter on Monday night.

The Pro Bowl running back missed last week's victory over Miami with a high ankle sprain, but he worked out the majority of this week. There was little question that he would play, but just how much was still up in the air.

Early on, it appeared to be quite a bit. Charles had seven carries for 38 yards.

Alex Smith was also sharp for the Chiefs, who are trying to end a four-game skid at Arrowhead Stadium. He was 6 of 8 for 62 yards, twice finding Dwayne Bowe to convert third downs.

The Patriots' offense continued to scuffle on their opening series, going three-and-out. Tom Brady, who has been heavily criticized for his marginal play the first three weeks, finally found Brandon LaFell late in the first quarter for New England's initial first down.

It hardly helped the Patriots' offense that it was trying to operate on the same night Chiefs fans were trying to reclaim the record for loudest outdoor sports venue. The crowd even included several members of the Kansas City Royals, who made the walk across the parking lot from Kauffman Stadium to watch the start of the game on the sidelines.

The Royals, in the postseason for the first time since 1985, play the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game on Tuesday night.


AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL


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