Kansas City lost a chance at a short field goal at the end of the first half Sunday in a misunderstanding with the officials on whether they had called time out. The officials announced that the Chiefs had called a timeout, then decided they needed a measurement to determine if Kansas City had made a first down.

After the measurement, the clock was started again.

"We were charged a timeout," Coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "They moved the ball to midfield. I had every reason to believe we had a timeout.

"The referee said he went to the quarterback and said he was going to wind the clock. Steve {DeBerg} thought he meant the 25-second clock. These kinds of administrative things, we've got to clean up in our league." . . .

DeBerg moved past George Blanda into 15th place on the all-time list with 4,008 pass attempts in his career. He moved past Blanda into 22nd place with 26,951 yards.


Al Toon of the Jets and Albert Bentley of Indianapolis each extended streaks for consecutive games with a reception. Toon's 12-yard gain in the second quarter extended his streak to 73 games. Bentley brought his streak to 28 games . . . Philadelphia's Keith Byars caught seven passes for 78 yards, extending his pass-catching streak to 50 games.


Eric Dickerson's first rushing attempt in the third quarter for the Colts was the 2,500th of his eight-year career. Only four other backs have carried the ball more. Dickerson failed to rush for 100 yards for the fifth consecutive game.