CHIEFS 56

FALCONS 10Neither 12 years in the league nor nine trips to the Pro Bowl could prepare tackle Willie Roaf for what he did, saw and felt on this history-making day.

Shredding what had been the NFL's leading defense against the run, Priest Holmes and Derrick Blaylock each scored four rushing touchdowns in a stunning 56-10 rout of Atlanta on Sunday in Kansas City.

The eight touchdowns on the ground set an NFL record.

Down 3-0 in the opening minutes, the Chiefs (2-4) roared back with a 35-0 blitz. Atlanta (5-1) entered giving up 74.5 yards on the ground.

Kansas City got 271.

"To go out and break an NFL record against a 5-1 football team is just unbelievable," Roaf said.

Holmes scored on runs of 1, 2, 2 and 15 yards in the first half. The man who set the NFL record with 27 rushing touchdowns last year then left with a mild ankle sprain.

All Holmes's injury did, however, was unleash backup Blaylock.

Blaylock, who had a 7-yard touchdown in the first half, scored on a one-yard run after Holmes was hurt. He added scoring runs of three and two yards.

Holmes totaled 139 yards on 22 carries; Blaylock had 90 on 19.

The Chiefs also had a team-record 36 first downs.

"There is no worse feeling as a linebacker than having the ball rammed down your throat," said Atlanta linebacker Keith Brooking.

There are many helping hands as Priest Holmes (31) and Kansas City rushed for eight touchdowns.