Despite clouds in the sky, the sunshine arrived before kickoff, pushing the game-time temperature to 36 degrees for the Week 9 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.
The Chiefs received the opening kick and were forced to punt, three plays later.
The Buffalo Bills, behind QB Jeff Tuel, moved the ball into Chiefs territory, before the drive stalled, following an incomplete pass from Tuel to Bills TE Scott Chandler.
The Chiefs punted on their second drive.
The Bills put points on the scoreboard after their second offensive drive, beginning with an 18-yard completion to WR Robert Woods, followed by two carries by Bills C.J. Spiller, covering 10 yards. Later on the drive, facing a third-and-nine, Tuel went back to the air, finding WR Marquise Goodwin for a 59-yard score.
Scoring Drive: 6 plays, 88 yards, 2:10, ending with a 59-yard TD pass to Goodwin.
Buffalo 7 Kansas City 0.
Chiefs S Quintin Demps returned the Bills ensuing kickoff to the Chiefs 16-yard line. Chiefs QB Alex Smith led the offense on the team's third drive of the game, beginning with 1:47 to play in the first quarter.
Smith found Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe for a 12-yard gain on the first play of the drive, followed next by a five-yard pass to Chiefs WR Donnie Avery. Jamaal Charles took the next play for a ten-yard run, ending the first quarter.
Buffalo 7 Kansas City 0.
The Chiefs continued their drive to open the second quarter, but eventually had to punt, giving the ball back to the Bills offense with 11:57 to play in the second quarter.
Jeff Tuel's first pass in the second quarter was picked off by Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis, who gave the ball right back to the Chiefs offense on the Bills 41-yard line.
Jamaal took the first play of the drive for a run of six yards. Following an incomplete pass to Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster, Smith and the offense faced a third-and-four, when Alex avoided two would-be sacks on the play and found Bowe for a six-yard strike and a Chiefs first down.
Smith went back to the air later, finding Avery for nine yards. On third-and-one, Chiefs RB Anthony Sherman took his first-career carry with the team for two yards to move the sticks. Smith then went to McCluster for a gain of seven, before facing a third-and-three at the Bills 11-yard line. A two-yard completion to Dex led to a fourth down and a 27-yard field goal attempt by Chiefs K Ryan Succop, who nailed it.
Scoring Drive: 10 plays, 32 yards and 4:19, ending with Succop's 27-yard FG.
Buffalo 7 Kansas City 3.
The Bills used a 29-yard run by Spiller and a ten-yard rush by Bills WR Stevie Johnson to get inside the Chiefs 10-yard line at the two-minute warning. Facing a third-and-goal from Kansas City's eight-yard line, Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper came up with a TD-saving PBU against Robert Woods, leading to a 26-yard made FG by Bills K Dan Carpenter.
Scoring Drive: 14 plays, 71 yards, 5:43, ending with a 26-yard FG by Carpenter.
Buffalo 10 Kansas City 3.
When the Chiefs got the ball on the next drive, Alex Smith went to Bowe for 11 yards, then to Avery for eight more yards, before the Chiefs called timeout, with 1:06 to play in the half. Later, staring at a third-and-seven, the screen pass to Charles was stuffed by Bills LB Kiko Alonso, forcing a Dustin Colquitt punt.
Spiller gained two yards on the first play of the Bills next drive, which ended the second quarter.
Buffalo 10 Kansas City 3.
The Bills opened the second half with a 61-yard run by Spiller, followed by three-straight carries by Bills RB Fred Jackson to move inside the Chiefs 10-yard line. On first-and-goal from Kansas City's nine-yard line, Chiefs LB Akeem Jordan stopped Jackson for no gain, before Chiefs DT Dontari Poe did the exact same thing, stuffing Jackson. The Bills third-and-goal pass attempt by Jeff Tuel was picked off by Chiefs CB Sean Smith, who returned the ball 100 yards for the score, tying the game, after Succop's PAT.
The Chiefs defense was pressed on the ensuing drive and again held strong, stopping the Bills on a fourth-down conversion attempt.
On the very next Chiefs drive, Smith found TE Anthony Fasano for a 20-yard gain and then Jamaal ran through a Bills defender for a 12-yard gain. However, the Chiefs drive stalled, before Succop gave the Chiefs their first lead with a 41-yard FG.
Kansas City 13 Buffalo 10.
The Bills offense again moved the ball effectively into Chiefs territory, leading to a third-and-eight, when Tuel's pass to Chandler was incomplete, leading to a 30-yard FG by Carpenter, tying the game at 13-13.
Scoring Drive: 12 plays, 68 yards, 3:37, ending with the 30-yard FG by Carpenter.
Kansas City 13 Buffalo 13.
The score remained the same as the third quarter ended.
The Chiefs were forced to punt on their next drive, when the Bills took over on offense, beginning from their 13-yard line.
On the first play, Spiller was met quickly by Chiefs DL Mike DeVito for a loss of two yards, before Tuel ran for a couple of yards, leading to a third-and-ten. Marcus Cooper made yet another big play, forcing a fumble by Bills WR T.J. Graham that was picked up by Chiefs LB Tamba Hali, who returned it 11 yards for the score.
Kansas City 20 Buffalo 13.
Jeff Tuel led the Bills on their next offensive drive that included another PBU by Cooper and after a third-down incompletion, Buffalo was forced to punt.
The Chiefs offense regained possession of the ball on its 28-yard line, with 10:32 left in the fourth quarter.
Jamaal took the first play for a nine-yard run and the second carry for 12 more yards, followed by two more carries that led to a third-and-six. From the shotgun, Smith dropped back and threw for Bowe, but the pass fell incomplete. Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt did what he does best, pinning the opposition deep as Chiefs CB Ron Parker downed the punt on the Bills three-yard line.
Tuel looked to spark the Bills with a 40-yard throw to Goodwin, but the officials ruled the pass incomplete. Bills head coach Doug Marrone challenged the call, which was upheld.
One Bills incompletion later and the Chiefs offense regained possession with 6:29 to play in the fourth quarter. After a Jamaal Charles run, Smith found Bowe for a first-down completion. Jamaal then took a carry for 10 more yards as the clock continued to tick. Jamaal's next two rushes covered eight yards, leading to a ruled third-and-two. Charles was stopped after one yard, leading to a 39-yard FG attempt by Succop, who split the uprights.
Kansas City 23 Buffalo 13.
Scoring Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards, 4:16, ending with Succop's 39-yard FG.
The Bills trailed by 10 points as the two-minute warning hit. Buffalo moved to the Chiefs side of the field and later called timeout with 1:32 to play in the final period. On a fourth-and-four, Tuel overthrew Stevie Johnson, turning the ball over on downs.
The Chiefs offense milked the clock and walked off the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium with a 23-13 win.
Kansas City is 9-0 for the second time in franchise history (2003).