It was late in the 2013 season. The Oakland Raiders were doing what the Oakland Raiders have done for much of the last decade. The Kansas City Chiefs, on the other hand, were piling up wins like my fifth grade self collected baseball cards. It's the sort of game the current team can only hope to replicate on Sunday.
It wasn't so long ago that Jamaal Charles had his best game ever as a professional. In fact, it's not even close between his best and second best. On this particular day, December 15, 2013, Charles racked up an incredible five total touchdowns. It was two more than he'd ever had before in a game and he's never come near the same feat since then. Even more amazing is the fact that Charles only had 20 rushing yards on the day with a 2.5 yards/carry average.
On this particular day, the Chiefs defeated the Raiders at O.co Coliseum 56-31. From the outset, it was clear it was going to be a great day for Charles. Just 22 seconds into the game, Alex Smith dumped a short pass over the blitz to Charles, who did the rest of the work on a 49-yard touchdown pass. It would be the second-longest TD for Charles on the day. Eight minutes later, Smith finds Charles in the exact same way as a last resort sort of outlet and Charles scampers another 39 yards for his second TD on the day.
From there, Charles continued to dominate. He punched in a 1-yard TD run midway through the second quarter, and took a another short pass to the end zone just three minutes after that. By halftime he had four touchdowns, including 3 receiving TDs. Finally, later in the third, Charles put up his last touchdown of five on the day with a 71-yard touchdown on a nice play-action call from Alex Smith. Charles could have added to his total if Andy Reid hadn't substituted Chase Daniel and Knile Davis there in the end.
In short, it was the sort of day that made Raiders fans go like this:
You can check out Charles' full TD highlight reel here: