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The previously winless Raiders tonight defeated the Chiefs 24-20 on a soggy Oakland field with some periods of heavy rain.
The Raiders had been 0-10 for the season and in fact had not won a game since Nov. 16, 2013, when they defeated the Texans 28-23 at Houston. The Raiders had lost 13-6 to the Chargers at San Diego Nov. 16. With several close contests this year it appears the Raiders are a better team than their record would indicate.
After both teams went three and out at the beginning of the game an eight-play 80-yard Oakland drive concluded with an 11-yard run by Raider running back Latavius Murray, who was drafted by Oakland in 2013, but was on the injured reserve list for the entire 2013 season. It was his first NFL touchdown, and the first rushing touchdown against the Chiefs this year. With a good PAT the score was Oakland 7, Kansas City 0 with 6:53 left in the first quarter.
The rain started, and it was more three and outs by both teams.
Then starting at the 10 yard line at the start of the second quarter, a 90-yard run by Murray yielded another Raider touchdown.
Not long after that a fumble by Raider Sio Moore was recovered by Chief linebacker Frank Zombo at the Oakland 10 yard line. Nonetheless the Chiefs failed to make it across the goal line, and a 23-yard attempt in hard rain by Chief rookie Cairo Santos was good make the score 14-3 with 7:19 left in the half.
With more three and outs the score remained 14-3 at the end of the half.
Handily for Kansas City Murray was out if the game with a concussion for the second half.
After a series of short gains by Oakland a 40-yard field goal attempt by Sebastian Janikowski was good making the score 17-3.
Starting with a punt return to the 40 yard line by Chief running back Knile Davis a six play drive which included a 21-yard pass to Travis Kelce ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano to make the score 17-10 with 1:52 left in the third quarter.
Then a 4-play 65-yard drive concluded with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to running back Jamaal Charles to tie the score at 17-17 with 12:20 left in the game.
After a three and out by the Raiders a 29-punt return by Chief rookie Frankie Hammond brought Kansas City to the 36 yard line. The Chiefs got as close as the 7 yard line and a field goal attempt by Santos was successful to put Kansas City ahead 20-17 with 9:03 remaining.
But the good news wouldn’t last long.
A 17-play 80-yard drive by Oakland concluded with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Raider rookie quarterback Derek Carr to wide receiver James Jones with 1:42 left in the game. Now the score was Raiders 24, Chiefs 20.
Starting with a kickoff return to the 39-yard line by D’Anthony Thomas, the chiefs made a valiant effort to score gain, but the drive ended with quarterback Smith being sacked with 28 seconds left, and that was all she wrote.
The 24-20 loss brought the Chiefs record to 7-4.
In his after-game press conference Kansas City Head Coach Andy Reid acknowledged they “outplayed us and outcoached us.” Further, he said, the Chiefs just started out too slow, while the Raiders started out fast. Looking ahead Reid said, “We’ll be a better football team because of this . . . We gotta play better.”
In any case the Chiefs now have a long break before their next game Nov. 30 against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium
The 7-3 Broncos meet the 6-4 Miami Dolphins Sunday in Denver. Update: The Broncos beat the Dolphins 39-36 Sunday; the Dolphins were in the lead until the last five minutes of the game. The Broncos have recently lost 22-7 to the Rams at St. Louis and 43-21 to the New England Patriots. However, the Broncos beat the Raiders 41-17 at Oakland.
So who’ll be atop the AFC West after Nov. 30? We’ll just wait and see.
(And warning, the Chiefs meet the Raiders again Dec. 14 at Arrowhead.)
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Jamaal Charles scored one touchdown, four pass receptions for 42 yards and 19 carries for 80 yards rushing Thursday night. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)[/caption]