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Chiefs run riot as Dante's inferno burns up Broncos


Dante Hall switched directions three times on a record-tying 93-yard punt return as the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to beat the Denver Broncos 24-23 in a game of unbeaten AFC West rivals on Sunday.

Hall extended his NFL record of returning a kick for a touchdown to four straight games, and equaled the season record for kick returns for scores.

The Chiefs are 5-0 for the first time, while the Broncos dropped to 4-1.

With the Chiefs trailing 23-17, Hall put on a dazzling display of speed. Just minutes after getting the wind knocked out of him on a 41-yard return, Hall took the punt on the 7 and went left, then right, turned and went backward before bearing left and racing to the end zone.

Hall began his streak with a 100-yard kickoff return against Pittsburgh, then had a 73-yard punt return against Houston and followed with a 97-yard kickoff return for a score against Baltimore.

The Chicago Bears rallied from an 18-3 halftime deficit, capped by Paul Edinger's 48-yard field goal on the final play, and beat the Oakland Raiders 24-21 for their first win.

The Raiders (2-3) got five field goals from Sebastian Janikowski, but he also missed the first extra point of his career and had a 47-yard attempt blocked in the second half.

Travis Henry's 2-yard plunge capped a five-play drive 4:53 in overtime, lifting the Buffalo Bills (3-2) over the Cincinnati Bengals (1-4).

With Buffalo trailing 16-13, Drew Bledsoe marched the Bills 59 yards on 13 plays to set up Rian Lindell's 29-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining in regulation. It was the 22nd fourth-quarter comeback of Bledsoe's career.

The New England Patriots' Mike Cloud returned from a four-game suspension for a substance-abuse violation and ran for a 15-yard TD and the lead against the Tennessee Titans with 3:14 left, then Ty Law clinched the 38-30 win with a 65-yard interception for a score. Both teams are 3-2.

Emmitt Smith sprained his left shoulder against his former Dallas teammates in the first half, then watched the Cowboys win their third straight for the first time since 1999 at Arizona's expense.

Quincy Carter threw for 277 yards and two TDs and the defense had two safeties in a four-play span in the third quarter as Bill Parcells won his first home game as coach of the Cowboys (3-1).

Smith, the leading rusher in NFL history who was released six weeks after Parcells was hired, lost a yard on six carries for Arizona (1-4), marking the first time in his 206 games that he failed to gain at least 1 yard.

Olindo Mare kicked three field goals and receiver James McKnight scored on a 68-yard reverse as the Miami Dolphins (3-1) took advantage of four New York (2-2) turnovers and an injury to Giants kicker Matt Bryant to win. Ricky Williams iced the third straight win for Miami with a 1-yard touchdown run. He finished with 22 carries for 39 yards, his worst game as a Dolphin.

Brett Favre guided Green Bay (3-2) on five consecutive touchdown drives to help the Packers beat their former coach, Mike Holmgren, in a 35-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks (3-1). Green Bay's Ahman Green ran 27 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns against his former team.

Gus Frerotte filled in for the injured Daunte Culpepper again and threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Minnesota Vikings (5-0), who outscored the Atlanta Falcons 27-6 in the second half. Frerotte completed 14 of 24 passes for 239 yards, including two throws that picked up more than 50 yards against the Falcons (1-4).

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