"If Knile had kneeled at the 1-yard line they would have let me go in," he said. "It didn't happen. Everything happened for a reason."
SHORT PASSES, BIG GAINS: Smith threw for a career-high five touchdowns and posted a perfect passer rating. Yet Smith is the first to acknowledge he had plenty of help in doing it. In fact, the five touchdown passes traveled a combined 13 yards down field with 168 yards after catch.
"I didn't do much," Smith said. "I mean three screens for touchdowns. I've never been a part of anything like that or seen that. Pretty special. Those guys making me look good."
QUARTERBACK QUANDRY: The Raiders mixed in Terrelle Pryor at quarterback as a change-of-pace throughout the game. They even went from Matt McGloin to Pryor back to McGloin on a touchdown drive in the third quarter as part of a plan to provide an offensive spark. While the Raiders did score a season-high 31 points, neither quarterback played particularly well and they combined for six turnovers.
"We're getting used to it," McGloin said. "We do it throughout practice and throughout the course of the week. The coaches are doing what they feel puts us in the best position to win, and I'm on board for that."
TURNING IT OVER: The Chiefs got off to a 9-0 start this season thanks to a defense that excelled at taking the ball away. That aspect was lacking during a recent three-game skid, but was back again on Sunday. Kansas City intercepted McGloin four times, Pryor once and recovered two fumbles. Eric Berry returned one of the interceptions 47 yards for a score, tying a team record with the 11th return touchdown of the season.
"I just read the quarterback's eyes and tried to take it to the house," Berry said.