KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Clinging to a six-point lead, the Buffalo Bills watched Kansas City convert one third down after another, moving the ball into position for the winning score.
Buffalo (5-8) had been down this road before. Seven times this season, the Bills had lost when they were within a touchdown headed into the final 15 minutes.
Lindell had done his job, hitting a 36-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 16-10 with 8:01 left.
Uh-oh. Not again.
Actually, not this time.
"The game was a stalemate and the turnovers kept us going," Byrd said. "It was good to come out with a win."
Kansas City (3-10) got a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown from Jamaal Charles, but couldn't overcome another shaky game from Cassel.
A week after being benched in the fourth quarter against Denver, the Chiefs quarterback had three interceptions in the fourth quarter. He overthrew Mark Bradley twice on potential long touchdowns and was sacked four times. He finished 26 for 43 for 224 yards and had a quarterback rating of 35.4 after a 14.6 day against the Broncos.
"It's frustrating not to be winning," said Cassel, who had two interceptions on deflections. "You come out and put so much hard work in each week and to not have the production all the time on Sunday and putting up the W's for the fans, us and everybody is frustrating."
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn't exactly stellar, throwing for just 86 yards on 12-of-20 passing with an interception and a fumble, one of two by Buffalo. He did throw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens in the first quarter and relied on Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson, who combined for 183 yards.
"We really wanted to establish the run," Fitzpatrick said. "We had some great drives. We left some points out there, but it was good to get the win."
The Chiefs needed an extra day to avoid their first blackout since 1990 and keep their sellout streak alive at 156 games. They did it, but apparently most of the fans didn't want to use their tickets: Arrowhead Stadium was a little over half full to see these two downtrodden teams.
The ones who did show up didn't like what they saw.
Charles briefly broke through the blase atmosphere with a 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but it didn't last. Lindell hit his third field goal, Cassel threw two interceptions and the Chiefs walked away with another shoulder-slumping loss.
"We moved the ball pretty well, we just didn't score enough points to win the game," Chambers said. "There were some crucial plays that we wish we could have back but we can't."
Kansas City had the ball at the Buffalo 9 in the first quarter, recovering Fitzpatrick's fumble on a sack by Mike Vrabel. Three failed runs later, the Chiefs, at the behest of the few fans who showed up, opted to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Sparked by the stop and Lynch's 47-yard run, Buffalo picked the Chiefs apart on the next drive, moving 92 yards in eight plays for Fitzpatrick's touchdown pass to Owens on a crossing route.
Buffalo's defense kept holding after that, limiting Kansas City to three points on five drives that crossed midfield.
"The defense really played great all day," Fitzpatrick said. "Give credit to them for coming up with the plays when they needed to."
Notes: Charles' 76-yard touchdown run was the seventh-longest in Chiefs history. ... Buffalo's Brian Moorman had a 73-yard punt at the end of the third quarter. ... Chiefs DT Glenn Dorsey didn't play after suffering a knee injury late in the second quarter. ... Owens had two catches for 15 yards and is four away from becoming the sixth player to have 1,000 career receptions.
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