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Chiefs Embarrass Redskins to Break Three-Game Skid
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Chiefs KR Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 95 yds. for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter.
Dec. 8- Andy Reid referenced Nelson Mandela, Sporting Kansas City and mangled a metaphor about the Chiefs' recent losing streak.

Mike Shanahan looked like a beaten man, one who might be counting down his final days with the Washington Redskins.

That was no thin line separating winning and losing when the Chiefs beat the Redskins 45-10 Sunday. It was a chasm.

The Chiefs (10-3) broke their three-game skid by doing what they did so well during their 9-0 start -- beat up on a bad team. They scored on their first four possessions, sacked Robert Griffin III five times and Kirk Cousins once, and returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in Sunday's 45-10 rout.

All of which prompted Reid to go off-topic, even in his usual monotone.

"Sporting KC, I'm telling you it's hard to be a champion right? And they did it. I'm proud of those guys," said Reid, referring to the team back home that won the MLS Cup on Saturday. "I didn't mention Nelson Mandela's death the other day, but what a tribute to mankind he is."

OK, but what about getting back on track after two losses to the Denver Broncos sandwiched around a defeat to the San Diego Chargers?

"It's tough to lose three games in the National Football League, three consecutive games. It seems like a year, those are dog years as you would say -- each week that you have a loss in the NFL," Reid said. "For the guys to come back and rebound after that, I was proud of that."

Across the way, the Redskins were their usual drama machine. They lost their fifth straight, and the stadium was virtually empty in the second half. It's already far from certain as to whether Shanahan will return for a fifth season, and now there's a report that he was close to quitting last year because of his relationships with owner Dan Snyder and Griffin.

"It's not the right time or place to talk about my relationship with Dan Snyder, or it's not the right time and place to talk about something that happened a year ago," Shanahan said. "I'll get a chance to talk to Dan at the end of the season, and I'll give some viewpoints from me, and I'm sure he'll give me his thoughts and what direction we'll go."

Shanahan did concede that Sunday's loss - the Redskins' fifth by double digits this season -- was his fault.

"I didn't have the players ready to play," Shanahan said.

The first quarter was so lopsided that nearly all the footprints in the snow were on one side of the 50. That discrepancy was quickly corrected when the teams changed sides.

The score was 38-10 at halftime. Quintin Demps immediately answered the lone Redskins touchdown with a 95-yard kickoff return that resembled at times a winter stroll, part of a stunning tally of 321 return yards by Kansas City in the first half alone.

Alex Smith completed 14 of 20 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Jamaal Charles ran 19 times for 151 yards and a score, and his 35-yard, right-then-left scamper was a highlight of the second half.

"You gotta go out there and play no matter what kind of conditions outside," Charles said. "Sleet, snow -- you gotta go."

Tamba Hali and Tyson Jackson each had a pair of sacks, and Derrick Johnson set up a touchdown with a 40-yard interception return. Dexter McCluster took a punt 74 yards for a score and set up another TD with a 57-yard return.

Fans mostly deserted Washington's first snowy home game in decades, and those that stayed had plenty to boo. The Chiefs took the opening kickoff and gained 8, 9, 22 and 13 yards on their first four plays. The Redskins were a team with nothing to play for, and they looked like it. Shanahan eventually pulled the plug on Griffin, inserting Cousins for the final quarter.

"It's a terrible game to be a part of," Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo said.

Individual Statistics
Kansas City Passing:
Alex Smith 14 of 20 for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns
Chase Daniel 1 of 3 for 17 yards and 1 interception

Washington Passing:
Robert Griffin III 12 of 26 for 164 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception
Kirk Cousins 7 of 16 for 59 yards

Kansas City Rushing:
Jamaal Charles 19 carries for 151 yards and 1 touchdown
Knile Davis 11 carries for 30 yardsa and 1 touchdown
Cyrus Gray 3 carries for 8 yards
Alex Smith 2 carries for 7 yards
Chase Daniel 3 carries for -3 yards

Washington Rushing:
Alfred Morris 12 carries for 31 yards
Robert Griffin III 4 carries for 29 yards
Roy Helu 1 carry for 5 yards

Kansas City Receiving:
Dwayne Bowe 4 receptions for 69 yards and 1 touchdown
Dexter McCluster 4 receptions for 22 yards
Sean McGrath 2 receptions for 20 yards
Knile Davis 1 reception for 17 yards
Junior Hemingway 1 reception for 11 yards
Jamaal Charles 2 receptions for 8 yards and 1 touchdown
Donnie Avery 1 reception for 7 yards

Washington Receiving:
Aldrick Robinson 4 receptions for 67 yards
Logan Paulsen 3 receptions for 44 yards and 1 touchdown
Pierre Garcon 5 receptions for 37 yards
Santana Moss 3 receptions for 30 yards
Niles Paul 1 reception for 25 yards
Joshua Morgan 1 reception for 15 yards
Evan Royster 1 reception for 3 yards
Roy Helu 1 reception for 2 yards

Kansas City Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Eric Berry 5-0-1, Brandon Flowers 5-1-0, Tamba Hali 5-1-2, Marcus Cooper 3-0-0, Derrick Johnson 3-1-0, Dontari Poe 3-0-0, Tyson Jackson 2-2-2, James-Michael Johnson 2-0-0, Akeem Jordan 2-3-0, Kendrick Lewis 2-2-0, Sean Smith 2-0-0, Allen Bailey 1-0-0, Mike DeVito 1-1-0, Frank Zombo 1-1-1, Quintin Demps 0-2-0

Washington Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Ryan Kerrigan 7-1-0, DeAngelo Hall 6-0-0, Brian Orakpo 5-2-0, London Fletcher 4-4-0, Jarvis Jenkins 4-1-0, Bacarri Rambo 3-1-0, Josh Wilson 3-1-0, David Amerson 2-0-0, E.J. Biggers 2-0-0, Reed Doughty 2-2-0, Chris Neild 2-0-0, Perry Riley 1-1-0, Chris Baker 0-1-0, Barry Cofield 0-3-0, Kendric Golston 0-1-0

Kansas City Fumble Recoveries:
Ron Parker 1 for 20 yards

Washington Fumble Recoveries:

Kansas City Interceptions:
Derrick Johnson 1 for 40 yards

Washington Interceptions:
Perry Riley 1 for 0 yards