Raiders got the ball first, and promptly committed a holding penalty to back them up. The Raiders chewed up the clock a little but it was all for naught at the Honey Badger picked off a Derek Carr pass setting the Chiefs up in great field position. Andy Reid challenged that there was pass interference on Sammy Watkins which resulted in “no foul” continuing the trend against the players. None of it mattered as Mahomes would toss his 20th Touchdown pass of the year and the Chiefs went up 7-0 at the 7:26 mark. On the ensuing kickoff Dorian O’Daniel would recover a Raiders fumble, again setting the Chiefs up beautifully. Yet on a 4th and 1 at the 14 the Raiders made a stop. A gutsy call by the crew. Jacobs would ground and pound and get the Raiders marching down the field, but penalties by the Raiders backed them up and they were forced to punt the ball back late in the quarter to the Chiefs. The 5th Raiders penalty of the quarter helped moved the Chiefs out from their own end zone.
Chiefs possess the ball the start the 2nd quarter with the first pass of the quarter going to Kelce for a huge gain, which is followed up by a Williams 15 yard run. On a 3rd and 14, Mahomes made a dangerous throw back to his left that was nearly picked, thankfully it was not and the Chiefs punted the ball back to the Raiders with 12:53 left in the quarter. The Raiders went for it on 4th and 1 and did not convert as Juan Thornhill came up and made the stop on a sweep. On the ensuing drive Mahomes would connect with Kelce on a basketball style jump ball in the middle of the field, which Kelce held on to. A holding penalty on the Raiders helped the Chiefs overcome what would have been a 4th down, keeping the drive alive. Mahomes would scramble to his left on a 13 yard run for the Chiefs second touchdown of the night. On the following drive the Raiders would start to move the ball down the field until Juan Thornhill picked Derek Carr and returned it 46 yards for a Chiefs defensive touchdown. Carr would come back out with 3:36 left in the quarter down 3 touchdowns, promptly hand the ball off to Jacobs who gashed the Chiefs. Following the 2:00 minute warning, Frank Clark would make a stop on Jacobs for a 7 yard loss. The Raiders couldn’t make anything happen and on 4th and 17 brought on Daniel Carlson for a 44 yard attempt that he missed. The Chiefs would get the ball back and Mahomes would get sacked creating a 3rd and 15 with the clock rolling. An incomplete pass to Sammy Watkins would lead to the Chiefs punting and ending the half up 21-0.
Mecole Hardman took the kickoff to the 35, and the Chiefs started off with a Mahomes run. When it looked like the Chiefs might have to punt the ball away, the Raiders roughed the passer on a dead play, giving Mahomes and Company another shot. Utilizing the legs of Mahomes, the Chiefs faced a 3rd and 1 which they would convert and score on, yet offsetting penalties would negate the TD. Unable to convert Butker was brought out for a 50 yard try which he banged through good. Chiefs up 24-0 early in the third. The following Raiders drive would begin after Oakland’s 9th penalty. Chris Jones would come up with a sack of Carr and force an Oakland 3rd and 14 which they could not convert. Ball back to the Chiefs at the 9:12 mark via punt. Mahomes and Kelce would connect for 47 yards, setting the Chiefs up nicely. Yet Darrell Williams would come up gimpy with a non-contact injury deep in the redzone. All would be for naught as Mahomes would throw a terrible pass to get picked in the end zone for his 3rd interception of the season. The play would be reviewed for what seemed like forever, and actually be reversed, giving the Chiefs the ball at the 3 yard line, and dropping Patrick back down to only 2 interceptions on the season. We finally got one to go our way, and it would pay off as Shady would take the toss in for a 3 yard touchdown run. Chiefs go up 31-0 with 6:51 to go in the third. KPass would sack Carr for a 10 yard loss on the Raiders next possession, but Oakland would continue to slowly eat up the clock and take chunks of yards with their Tight Ends. The Raiders would convert a 4th and 1 to keep their drive alive just past midfield, but Carr would throw it away to close out the third quarter.
The Raiders had the ball starting the 4th quarter, and sent out their Field Goal unit to put the Raiders on the board with a 34 yarder. The Chiefs started their next drive with consecutive running plays, forcing a 3rd and 7 that was converted with an awkward pass to Kelce. We finally got to see Anthony Sherman make a catch to extend the Chiefs drive on a 3rd and 1 with 11:40 left in the game. Darwin Thompson started taking the reps and made some nice gains. He converted multiple first downs as you could see the team went run heavy hoping to melt time off the clock. Another Raiders penalty set the Chiefs up with 1st and goal under 6:00 minutes, and it was capped by a 4 yard touchdown from Darwin Thompson, his first in the NFL. (It was mentioned in the broadcast two Chiefs scored their first NFL TDs, both Thornhill and Thompson, save that for trivia night you factoid nerds like myself.) Raiders got the ball back with 5:24 left in the game, a couple garbage time completions against the backups got the Raiders down the field and their first touchdown with under a minute left. On the extra point try the Chiefs special teams blocked the attempt, which was picked up by Ward and returned the length of the field for a
safety. 2 point conversion-credit: ArmyChiefJ. Matt Moore came out and knelt the ball down. Chiefs hung 40 on the Raiders, more than likely ending Carr and Gruden’s attempt at reaching the playoffs.
The Chiefs came off the bye and nearly pitched a shutout. Many of us wanted to see something from the squad, and in a matchup that was a lot closer in the standings concerning the AFC West then it should have been at this point in the season, the team put up.
The team travels to Foxboro next weekend in the matchup many of us has had circled on our calendars since last season ended.