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This brought the Chief’s record to 8-6, making them currently second only to the Denver Broncos in the AFC West and keeping alive their chances of being in the playoffs.
Losing three games in three weeks — 24-20 to the Raiders at Oakland, 29-16 to the Broncos at Arrowhead and 17-14 last week to the Cardinals at Phoenix — things had looked grim for Kansas City.
But this week the Raiders faced what Chiefs Coach Andy Reid called a “phenomenal crowd” and the mystique of Arrowhead Stadium.
After a series of three and outs in the first quarter, Chiefs rookie running back D’Anthony Thomas made a 81-yard punt return for a touchdown with 2:38 left in the quarter. With PAT, score 7-0.
At the start of the second quarter a drive concluded with a Kansas City 44-yard field goal attempt, and Cairo Santos, after being successful in his last 14 attempts, failed.
But a little later, in a drive that included a 47-yard catch by Chiefs rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson, Santos was successful in a 41-yard attempt making the score 10-0 with 8:01 left in the second quarter.
A drive that included a 37-yard catch and run by Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe ended with a three and out.
And, with seconds left in the first half, Raider kicker Sebastian Janikowski was successful in a 54-yard field goal attempt to make the score 10-3.
In the first Kansas City drive of the third quarter, a pass to Chiefs star rookie tight end Travis Kelce was intercepted to put Oakland at the KC 15 yard line. The Raiders couldn’t make it to the goal line, but a 33-yard field goal attempt by Janikowski was successful with 11:44 left in the quarter. Score: 10-6.
Then it all started with a five-minute 9-play drive including a 21-yard gain by Bowe that concluded with a 3-yard touchdown run with 6:46 left in the quarter by Chiefs running back and former Razorback Knile Davis. Score: 17-6.
Then, in the following Raider drive, Kansas City intercepted at the Oakland 21 yard line, and Kelce caught a 20-yard touchdown pass to make the score 24-6 with 5:50 left in the quarter.
Then, following a short Oakland three and out, a three-play Chiefs drive concluded with a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Smith to Knile Davis with 2:04 left in the quarter.
The fourth quarter was relatively uneventful.
A 47-yard field goal attempt by Santos failed.
Then, a 8-play 63-yard Oakland drive that included a 34-yard pass to wide receiver Andre Holmes concluded with a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr to wide receiver James Jones with 34 seconds left in the game. Final score: Chiefs 31, Raiders 13.
The Chiefs next play the Steelers at Pittsburgh. The Steelers are 9-5 after beating the Falcons 27-20 Sunday at Atlanta. The Steelers’ last loss was 20-13 Nov. 9 to the New York Jets. In 2013 the Chiefs beat the Steelers 26-20 in the pre-season, but didn’t face them in the regular season. In 2012 the Chiefs lost 16-13 to the Steelers in November.
The Chiefs close the regular season Dec. 28 facing the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead. The Chargers are 8-6 after a 22-10 loss to the Broncos Sunday. The Chiefs beat the Chargers 23-20 Oct. 19 at San Diego. The Chargers next week face the 7-7 San Francisco 49ers who lost 17-7 Sunday to the Seahawks at Seattle.
Can the Chiefs win both? Maybe. If they don’t, whether they’re in the playoffs will depend on how some other teams do. We’ll see . . . .
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