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ALLEN CAGES LIONS : KANSAS CITY 28, DETROIT 24.

Byline: Harry Atkins Associated Press

Marcus Allen says records are nice, yet winning is better. He experienced both Thursday.

Allen rushed for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 46 seconds remaining, sending the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-24 victory and ending the Detroit Lions' slim playoff hopes.

Allen now has 112 rushing touchdowns, bettering the old mark of 110 he had shared with Walter Payton.

``The second touchdown was better, because we really needed the win after last week,'' said Allen, who finished with 73 yards on 15 carries. ``Records are made to be broken, and there is already someone on my heels, so I feel like I'm just borrowing the record.''

The Chiefs also buried any quarterback controversy that might have grown from coach Marty Schottenheimer's decision earlier in the week to start Rich Gannon ahead of Steve Bono.

Gannon, who was given the job because of his mobility, scrambled for 45 of the 243 rushing yards for Kansas City (9-4). Gannon also completed 15 of 18 passes for 120 yards without an interception. He tossed a 17-yard scoring pass to Chris Penn and a 9-yard TD strike to Derrick Walker.

``It wasn't pretty, but we won,'' Gannon said. ``I have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line, because they just pounded the Detroit defense. We ran the ball a ton, and they really came through.''

Detroit (5-8) needed another miracle finish to take the heat off embattled coach Wayne Fontes. Instead, the Lions have lost six of their last seven, after starting the season 4-2.

``We need to play defense,'' Fontes said. ``That's the bottom line. You look at the teams that win championships or just win. They have the quarterback and the running back and we have those. What makes those teams different is when their defenses go on the field they stop people.''

The Lions couldn't do that in the clutch against Kansas City. The Chiefs ran the ball on 12 of 15 plays during their 76-yard drive for Allen's winning touchdown. They ran 7:55 off the clock in the process.

``We played fairly well today, but, in the end, they ran the ball right down our throats,'' said Detroit safety Bennie Blades. ``We just couldn't stop the run. That's the way Kansas City likes to play.''

The Chiefs also played solid defense. They picked off three Detroit passes, one by Barry Sanders, who was trying to lob a floater to Herman Moore in the end zone.

Sanders had 77 yards on 20 rushes, including a vintage 13-yard touchdown dash.

A 21-yard field goal by Jason Hanson gave Detroit a 24-21 lead with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter. Thereafter, it was all Kansas City.

Gannon set the tone for the Chiefs' winning drive with a 16-yard scramble on the first play. Then he began handing the ball off to Greg Hill, who ripped the Lions defense behind solid blocking from the offensive line.

Hill, who had 103 yards on 17 carries, ran seven times for 29 yards during the clinching drive. After a 7-yard run by Hill gave Kansas City first-and-goal at the 2, Allen returned to the backfield.

Allen was stopped a yard short on his first carry, then soared over the top in a classic dive for the winning touchdown.

``If he hadn't gotten in on that play, we would have run the exact same play again,'' Schottenheimer said. ``And Marcus would have found a way to get in.''

Allen got No. 111 at 11:11 of the first quarter. He helped set up the record-breaking score with a 35-yard run earlier in the drive, then followed a lead block by fullback Tony Richardson into the end zone.

As he headed to the sidelines, getting hugs and pats from teammates, Allen raised his right fist over his head.

``Our game plan was to run the ball and try to wear them down,'' Allen said.

PAYDIRT

The career rushing touchdown leaders in the National Football League:

1. x-Marcus Allen.........112

2. Walter Payton..........110

3. x-Emmitt Smith.........108

4. Jim Brown..............106

5. John Riggins...........104

6. Franco Harris...........91

7. Eric Dickerson..........90

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Photo: (color) Kansas City running back Marcus Allen breaks Walter Payton's career record with this touchdown.

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