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Kansas City Chiefs Running Backs Look Like The Real Deal

The Chiefs running backs took care of business on Sunday against the 49ers.

KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-10 on Sunday afternoon to increase their hold on first place in the AFC West and cruise to a 3-0 record.

It truly is amazing, isn't it?

While QB Matt Cassel stepped it up to throw touchdown passes, it's the Chiefs running backs that deserve a lot of credit.

They were, in one word: Dominating.

Jamaal Charles rushed the ball 12 times for 97 yards while Thomas Jones touched it 19 times for 95 yards on the ground.

It's more than that, though. What happened against the 49ers is why the Chiefs brought in a guy like Jones. The Chiefs had a big lead in the second half, 24-3, and needed to start running the clock out.

Enter Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.

With 7:53 left in the fourth quarter, and the Chiefs holding a healthy lead, they simply needed to run a few plays, take 2:00 off the clock and walk away with the victory.

Charles and Jones did one better. The Chiefs did not pass the ball on the drive and handed it to Jones five times for 37 yards and Charles two times for 20 yards. That was enough to get the Chiefs in the end zone on a three-yard Jones touchdown.

The drive took 4:26 off the clock and, most importantly, added another touchdown on the board.

The Chiefs brought Jones in to help them nurse a lead. Yeah, he's a leader and a workout warrior, which is good for the locker room, but ultimately he was brought in to run the football and he put that on display.

For one game at least, the story line is how well the Chiefs running backs play together -- and not how the carries were split up.