By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 30th, 2008 at 4:14 pm in Oakland Raiders.
KC–Larry Johnson 2-yard run (Connor Barth kicks PAT), 13:43
KC–Connor Barth 27-yard field goal, 8:54
Oak–Sebastian Janikowski 51-yard field goal, 2:55
– Tyler Thigpen hit Dwayne Bowe with 13-yard dagger and a first down, with Oakland calling its third time out in succession with 2:31 to play.
The Chiefs, taking over at their own 20, gained 3 yards on a run by Thigpen and 5 yards on a carry by Larry Johnson, with the Raiders calling time out at 2:48 and 2:43.
Johnson later carried 15 yards to the Oakland 46, with the Chiefs assistants requesting the “victory” formation, meaning all Thigpen has to do is kneel on the ball until the clock runs out.
– Janikowski’s 51-yard field goal came after an unimpressive drive which saw the Raiders drive 46 yards in 11 plays, with Russell misfiring on some open passes but getting one first down on a scramble and another on a pass to Zach Miller.
The Raiders have all three of their time outs with 2:55 left to play, meaning they can keep deep if they wish and count on stopping the Chiefs offense.
– After a dropped pass by Miller, Russell ran 21 yards on fourth-and-10 to keep the Raiders alive. Russell nearly had a pass intercepted by Derrick Johnson, with Gunther Cunningham nearly having a stroke in the coaches booth next to the press box.
– A pair of misfires by Russell to open receivers Ashley Lelie and Ronald Curry, leading to a three-and-out, led to a smattering of boos with 8:00 remaining as the Raiders punted the ball trailing by 10 points.
Boos also followed a 2-yard loss by Fargas on first-and-10.
Although officially a sellout, the unofficial crowd count numbered considerably less, and the Coliseum was growing more empty as fans began heading for the exits.
–Fargas began to lose possesion on a carry when with Rocky Boiman getting a hand on the ball, with Bernard Pollard knocking it loose, and the Chiefs recovering at the Oakland 38-yard line just one play into Oakland’s possession following the Chiefs score.
A 26-yard by Thigpen got the Chiefs close, with Kansas City ruining its chances for a touchdown with help from a delay-of-game penalty on third-and-5 from the 6.
Barth came in to kick a field goal when Thigpen’s short pass to Brad Cottam came up short.
– The Chiefs finished off a 16-play, 91-yard drive that ate up 9:24 of the clock when Johnson scored from the 2 with 13:43 remaining.
Thigpen rushed for 8 yards on second-and-12 from the 19, then ran 9 more yards on a quarterback draw to the 2 before Johnson went in for the score.