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10-02-2006, 06:43 AM
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GAME BUZZ | Another 100 for LJ

With fewer than 4 minutes left and a victory well in hand, Chiefs running back Larry Johnson entered the game again and carried the ball three times. And Chiefs fans gasped.

Why did coach Herm Edwards risk injury by playing Johnson so late?

“To be quite honest,” Edwards said, “he wanted 100 yards. And Dee Brown cramped up, so we didn’t have a running back.”

Johnson did get his second 100-yard game of the season, finishing with a hard-earned 101 in 30 carries. He also had two touchdowns, making fantasy-football owners happy. Johnson flashed a rare smile as he headed to the sideline late in the game. On a day when San Francisco’s defense stacked to avoid the run, Johnson had four catches for 41 yards.

It was the 15th 100-yard game of Johnson’s career, moving him into second in Chiefs history ahead of Christian Okoye. The Chiefs are 11-4 when Johnson registers a 100-yard game, including 8-0 at Arrowhead.

Gonzo again

Speaking of numbers, Tony Gonzalez added to his milestones Sunday.

He extended his franchise-leading receiving streak to 87 games, the fourth-longest string of receptions by a tight end in NFL history. He also moved into second place for receptions by a tight end (665), slipping ahead of Ozzie Newsome.

Bennett inactive

The Chiefs played without backup halfback Michael Bennett, who was added to the injury report Saturday because of a sore hamstring. The Chiefs also deactivated another halfback, Derrick Ross, leaving them with only Larry Johnson and Dee Brown.

Quarterback Trent Green, offensive linemen Kyle Turley, Rudy Niswanger and Tre Stallings, defensive lineman Lional Dalton and wide receiver Jeff Webb were also inactive.

Ten quarters, no TD

The Chiefs haven’t allowed a touchdown since Cincinnati scored one in the second quarter of the season opener. That’s 10 full quarters, not counting the overtime in Denver two weeks ago.

The Chiefs haven’t had a longer streak since 1997, when late in the season they went 11 straight quarters without allowing a touchdown.

He’s a punter, too

Lawrence Tynes had never punted in any game — high school, pro or college — until he kicked one from field-goal formation in the third quarter. The 33-yard kick wasn’t artistic, but it got the job done.

The Chiefs downed the ball on the 49ers’ 1.

Hello, Brodie

The debut of rookie quarterback Brodie Croyle won’t be particularly memorable. He replaced Damon Huard for the Chiefs’ last two possessions.

The first series consisted of three handoffs to Larry Johnson. The second consisted of three plays, all of Croyle kneeling for 1-yard losses.

Running it up

The Chiefs are a perfect 21-0 at Arrowhead when scoring 40 points or more, and they own a 26-3 record at home when scoring 30 points or more. KC’s 41 points were the most scored by a Herm Edwards team since his New York Jets squad posted a 41-14 win against Miami in 2004.

Injury report

The Chiefs listed these postgame injuries:

•Tight end Jason Dunn, sprained ankle.

•Wide receiver Samie Parker, bruised ankle.

•Kick returner Dante Hall, bruised elbow and calf.