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MONDAY BILLBOARD

Big Picture: - The Bills blew an opportunity to validate themselves as contenders Sunday, losing, 17-16, to the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium. Buffalo dominated in all three phases of the game for three quarters, but K.C. rallied to win on Trent Green's 9- yard TD scramble with 4:53 left in the game. The Bills fell to 5-5 and back into a tie for second place in the AFC East. They've lost two in a row for the first time all season.

Play of the Game: - K.C. cornerback Eric Warfield made a leaping interception of Drew Bledsoe's long pass intended for Peerless Price with 4:14 to play, snuffing out the Bills' final drive. Warfield and Price went at each other all day -- physically and verbally -- but it was Warfield who got the last laugh.< Player of the Game: - Travis Henry. Henry, who seems to play his best against teams with elite running backs, outplayed Chiefs superstar Priest Holmes. He rushed 24 times for 126 yards and had another 38 yards on four receptions. Curiously, the Bills didn't give him the ball once when they had first-and-goal from the K.C. 5-yard line early in the second quarter.

Hit of the Day: - Henry tripped over a tarpaulin and ran into a wall after a 9-yard run in the second quarter. He wasn't injured. Frankly, we'd be more worried about the wall.

Unsung Hero: - Green. The Chiefs' QB played a solid, efficient game, completing 12 of 20 passes for 197 yards and no interceptions. Green also had two huge runs -- the game-winning scramble and a 12-yard scamper on third down late in the game to seal the victory.

Zebra Report: - The officials whistled Chris Watson for a dubious pass interference call on K.C.'s winning drive. Watson was running with Eddie Kennison down the right sideline and turned at the last instant to contend Green's slightly underthrown pass. It looked like good coverage, but the officials threw the flag and K.C. got 36 critical yards.

Zebra Redux: - The Bills had a touchdown taken off the scoreboard when replay showed that Eric Moulds hadn't gotten his left foot down inbounds at the right sideline just past the goal-line marker. Bledsoe got sacked on the next play and the Bills were forced to settle for a field goal.

Game Balls: - Green, Warfield and Kennison for the Chiefs. Kennison led all receivers with 93 yards. Henry and Antoine Winfield deserve recognition for the Bills. Despite a major size disadvantage, Winfield did commendably against All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez, limiting Gonzalez to two catches for 17 yards.

Old Reliable: - K.C. linebacker Marvcus Patton played his 202nd consecutive regular- season game. The former Bill has never missed a regular season game since breaking in as a rookie in 1990, but did miss the AFC Championship game and Super Bowl XXV that year because of a broken leg. Patton is on pace to make over 100 tackles for the 10th straight year.

The Longest Drive: - The Bills were credited with 101 yards of total offense during a third-quarter drive, thanks to three penalties. And they came away with only a field goal.

Attendance Report: - The Chiefs had an announced crowd of 77,951, a sellout. It was the 97th consecutive sellout in Arrowhead, including playoffs, dating back to the 1991 season. Last season, the Chiefs cut off their season ticket sales at 73,000.

Coming Attractions: - The Bills look to move back over .500 when they travel to the Meadowlands to take on the resurgent New York Jets in a 1 p.m. game.

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