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Chiefs Provide Vermeil Some Emotional Relief

Monday, December 6, 2004; Page D12

CHIEFS 34

RAIDERS 27

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 5 -- A smiling Dick Vermeil scurried through the tight quarters of the visiting locker room hugging and high-fiving his players after a 34-27 win over Oakland. Kansas City's disappointing season took a positive turn, and the emotional coach felt some sense of relief to finally be on the winning end again.

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It took a near perfect half by Trent Green, tender ribs and all, to get the Chiefs an important comeback win. Green completed 14 of 15 passes after halftime (his only incomplete pass was batted down) for 229 of his 340 yards and hit Eddie Kennison for a tie-breaking 70-yard touchdown with 2 minutes 4 seconds left in Kansas City's 34-27 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"Trent did a beautiful job," Vermeil said. "Sometimes you take him for granted because you see him do so many wonderful things."

Kennison's winning catch came at the 35-yard line, then he ran out of the grasp of rookie safety Stuart Schweigert. The Chiefs (4-8) scored on all four of their second-half possessions to end a four-game losing streak.


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