ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Cassel returned to the lineup 11 days after an emergency appendectomy and threw a touchdown pass in leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Jamaal Charles scored on a short run and helped clinch it with a late 80-yard burst for the Chiefs (9-5), who retained a one-game lead over the Chargers in the AFC West.
Kansas City managed 67 yards in a 31-0 loss at San Diego last week with backup Brodie Croyle starting, and ended a seven-quarter scoreless drought on Cassel’s 2-yard TD pass to Leonard Pope midway through the second quarter.
Thomas Jones became the NFL’s 25th player to rush for 10,000 yards, and scored the final touchdown on a 2-yard run with 3:26 to go, one play after Ron Bartell ran down Charles just shy of the goal line.
Charles had 126 yards on 11 carries and Jones had 62 yards on 22 carries.
The Rams fell to 6-8.
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