OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jamaal Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game, Alex Smith threw five TD passes and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Raiders 56-31 yesterday to clinch at least a wild-card spot. The Chiefs (11-3) became the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver but needs help to win the division because the Broncos swept the season series. Charles gained 215 yards from scrimmage as the Chiefs put up the highest point total allowed in Raiders' history.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Drew Brees threw interceptions that led to touchdowns on the first two possessions and the St. Louis Rams got big days from Zac Stacy, Robert Quinn and on special teams to top the New Orleans Saints 27-16 on Sunday. Kellen Clemens threw for two TDs for the Rams (6-8), who recovered an onside kick to set up a field goal in the first quarter, and Michael Brockers blocked a field goal at the end of the half.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jabari Brown scored 15 points while Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross both added 12 to help No. 24 Missouri defeat Western Michigan 66-60 yesterday. Missouri (10-0) looked rusty at times after an eight-day break for final exams. Missouri stretched its NCAA-best homecourt winning streak to 25 games and has won 80 straight games against nonconference opponents at Mizzou Arena dating to the 2005-06 opener.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Will Spradling had a season-high 14 points and Marcus Foster also scored 14 points as Kansas State defeated Troy 72-43 yesterday. It's the ninth time in 10 games that Foster has reached double figures for the Wildcats. Kansas State dominated the Trojans on the boards, grabbing 17 rebounds on the offensive end and 44 total. Kansas State entered the game with the Big 12's best scoring defense at 61.2 points while also holding opponents to 26 percent shooting from 3-point range.