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KC Chiefs stay perfect thanks to opportunistic defense in 23-13 win over Buffalo Bills

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    Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (27) intercepts a pass intended for Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham (11) who is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) in the endzone and returns it for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)The Associated Press

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    Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) rushes against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/ Bill Wippert)The Associated Press

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    Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, talks with side judge Tom Hill during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)The Associated Press

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    Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) hauls in a pass behind Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) for a 10-yard gain during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)The Associated Press

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    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) is hit by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) and can't hang onto a pass in the endzone during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)The Associated Press

Linebacker Tamba Hali and cornerback Sean Smith returned turnovers for touchdowns in extending the Kansas City Chiefs' perfect start to nine straight games with a 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Hali put the Chiefs ahead for good by scoring on an 11-yard fumble return with 12:47 remaining. Smith changed the momentum of the game by intercepting Jeff Tuel's pass at the goal line and returning it 100 yards to tie it at 10 in the opening minutes of the second half.

Kansas City's opportunistic defense made up for its own deficiencies as well as an Alex Smith-led offense that managed just 210 yards. Buffalo (3-6) had a season-best 470 yards of offense.

Tuel, an undrafted rookie, struggled in his first NFL start. He went 18 of 39 for 229 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions while filling in for interim starter Thad Lewis, sidelined by bruised ribs.

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