Todd Blackledge threw a career-high three touchdown passes to enable the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 38-10, today before only 18,199 fans.
Blackledge completed his first seven passes for 190 yards. One touchdown pass to Stephone Paige covered 70 yards.
"But it wouldn't have happened without a good performance by the offensive line," John Mackovic, the Chiefs' coach, said. "We said before the game that we would win or lose by the play of the offensive line. I thought Todd played very well. He played with some ease and he felt comfortable. But if you don't protect the passer, it doesn't matter."
The Chiefs (5-9) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never let the Falcons (2-12) back in the game.
"These guys have come to play for 13 weeks," Falcons Coach Dan Henning said. "This day they didn't. It probably happened on a day when they had a better chance to win."
After the Chiefs had taken a 7-0 lead, Mike Pruitt ran 54 yards -- it was the team's longest run this season -- to set up Herman Heard's six-yard touchdown run.
Pruitt moved into 13th place on the league's all-time rushing list ahead of John Henry Johnson. He ended the game with 102 yards, the first time a Chiefs player has rushed for 100 yards in a game since 1981.
Gerald Riggs scored on a one-yard run to end a 72-yard drive for the Falcons. Then Paige caught the 70-yarder for a 21-7 lead.
There were 14,918 no-shows on the 40-degree sunny day, although the teams hadn't played each other since 1972.