OAKLAND, Calif. — Jamaal Charles turned the Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff clinching party into a game-long celebration right from the start.
Charles scored the first of his team record-tying five touchdowns on a 49-yard screen pass on the first play from scrimmage, sending the Chiefs to a 56-31 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday that clinched at least a wild-card spot.
‘‘A big part of this team depends on me, Charles said. ‘‘Once I’m healthy this offense can go a long way and this team can go a long way.’’
Alex Smith threw four of his five TD passes to Charles, going 17 of 20 for 287 yards to make the Chiefs the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.