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Updated: Sunday, November 17, 2002 9:17 PM EST
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have had a powerful ground attack this season, but got their nine biggest yards from an unexpected source.

Quarterback Trent Green scored his first rushing touchdown in two years with 4:53 left in the fourth quarter to lift the Chiefs to a 17-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills .

"We needed this win really bad," Green said. "For us to come back and win the game the way we did in the fourth quarter and in the final drive to be able to convert first downs and use up the clock and keep our defense off the field, is a great win."

Green, who carried twice for 21 yards, completed 12-of-20 passes for 197 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass, but steadily guided the offense and did not commit any turnovers.

The main cog in Kansas City's rushing machine, Priest Holmes , ran 31 times for 104 yards, giving him 1,012 yards for the season. Holmes' first-quarter touchdown got the Chiefs (5-5) on the board, but his contribution in the fourth quarter was far more important. Holmes ran for 50 yards on the Chiefs' final, clock-killing drive after cornerback Eric Warfield picked off a pass by Drew Bledsoe at the Kansas City 2.

"I tried to let Drew think that he was open and gave him a step or two," Warfield said of the play, which was intended as a post pattern for Peerless Price . "And I made a good read on the pass and made a good break."

Bledsoe moved over 3,000 passing yards for the season, completing 24-of-36 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. But Bledsoe's interception with 4:26 left killed the Bills' chance at victory.

"When I threw it, at first, I thought I threw it too far," Bledsoe said. "In retrospect, I think that I should have taken him up the field instead of across the field."

Bledsoe has passed for 3,027 yards in 10 games, just 67 yards fewer than Dan Marino had through 10 games in 1984, when he set an NFL record with 5,084.

Buffalo (5-5) fell out of a first-place tie with Miami and New England in the AFC East.

Kansas City remained at the bottom of the AFC West standings, but remains in playoff contention.

"If you look at the way the AFC is unfolding in terms of the playoffs, we're putting ourselves in a position where every week is going to be an important game," Green said.

The Bills fell victim to the Chiefs' fourth-quarter offensive prowess. Kansas City has scored 124 points in the final frame this season, four more than the Dallas Cowboys have scored all year.

For all their offensive success, the Chiefs have struggled defensively late in games, allowing 104 points in the fourth quarter. But Kansas City's defense did not allow a point after Mike Hollis put Buffalo up 16-10 with a field goal late in the third quarter.

"I think it's about time we win a tight, tough football game," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "We've been in this situation a number of times this year and weren't able to pull it off."

Holmes, who rushed for a league-best 1,555 yards last season, became the first player in Chiefs history to post back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. He also reached the plateau faster than any Kansas City rusher ever has.

"It makes me feel real good," Holmes said. "I know my offensive line will dfinitely get paid. And that's what I love, when those big guys get those big paychecks."

Buffalo's Travis Henry ran for 126 yards to increase his season total to 874. Henry, who last season became the fourth player in as many seasons to lead the Bills in rushing, is on his way to posting the club's first 1,000-yard campaign since Antowain Smith ran for 1,124 yards in 1998.

Henry has struggled to control the ball this season, fumbling six times and losing five of those. But Henry did not fumble against the Chiefs and completed back-to-back games without putting the ball on the ground for the first time this season.


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