In what could be a record-setting season with regard to penalties, the Raiders had what could be their most costly of the season _ a delay of game call that negated a beautifully executed 36-yard touchdown shovel pass from Shane Lechler to Brandon Myers off a fake 53-yard field goal attempt.
The resulting 5-yard penalty pushed Oakland back five yards, where Janikowski had a 58-yard attempt hit the cross bar and bounce back short.
Oakland averted a Kansas City scoring drive when Matt Giordano made an end zone interception and ran it back 62 yards, with Carson Palmer giving the ball right back with his second interception of the game, this one to Javier Arenas.
Kanssa City eventually got itself in position for a 49-yard field goal attempt at the gun by Ryan Succop, which was blocked. It ended one of the worst halves of football in recent memory. Giordano, subbing for Michael Huff, out with a hamstring injury, was injured on the play. He needed assistance getting back to the locker room.
The Raiders finished the half with 10 penalties for 57 yards, including three by Stanford Routt (two for defensive holding, one for pass interference).