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Raiders 16, Chiefs 13, OT

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, December 24th, 2011 at 2:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 36-yard field goal on the first possession in overtime as the Raiders remained in the thick of the playoff race with a 16-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Janikowski’s kick was set up by a 53-yard strike from Carson Palmer to Darrius Heyward-Bey to the Kansas City 23, with a pair of Michael Bush runs setting up the game winner and touching off a Raiders celebration.

Combined with a loss by Denver in Buffalo, the Raiders pulled into a first-place tie in the division race at 8-7, but will need the Broncos to lose to the Chiefs next to win the title _ provided Oakland closes out with a win against San Diego.

Oakland also remains in the hunt for a wild card berth, although they’re a game back of the Cincinnati Bengals at 9-6.

The Raiders defense, which gave up 71 and 98 yards in touchdown drives to the Lions in last week’s 28-27 loss, allowed Kansas City to go 80 yards in five plays in 1:53 to tie the score 13-13 on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Dwayne Bowe.

It came after the Raiders took a 13-6 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Janikowski, a short-field drive set up when Oakland stuffed Jackie Battle on fourth-and-1 from the Chiefs 43-yard line.

Following a Raiders’ three-and-out, Kansas City got itself back in position for a game-winning 49-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop with five seconds left only to have Trevor Scott block the attempt at the gun. Had Succop converted the kick, the Raiders playoffs hope would have been over.

For all the Raiders penalties, the most costly came in the first half and erased a perfectly executed 36-yard touchdown pass from Shane Lechler to Brandon Myers on a 53-yard fake field goal attempt by Sebastian Janikowski.

Lechler took the snap and pitched a shovel pass to Myers, who was running from left to right, and turned the corner to score what appeared to be a game-altering touchdown.

Unfortunately, the snap came a fraction after the play clock had hit zero, with the Raiders absorbing a painful delay of game penalty that hurt even worse when Janikowski’s ensuing 58-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar.

The Raiders took a quick 3-0 lead as Bryan McCann returned the opening kickoff 91 yards to the Buffalo 14, with the Raiders failing to capitalize with a touchdown and settling for a 28-yard field goal by Janikowski.

The Chiefs tied it 3-3 on Ryan Succop’s 29-yard field goal, set up by a Derrick Johnson interception of Palmer when the Oakland quarterback was hit by a defender as he threw.

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  • alex7

    Ravens very motivated next week vs Bengals.

  • Raiders for life

    Merry Christmas NATION….
    My heartbeat is normal now.

    RRRAAAAAIIIIIIDDDDDEEEERRRRRSSSSSSSSS

  • GoodOle00

    Merry Christmas Raiders!~

    How about Matt Giordano? “Butch Coolidge”

    Crazy game and the refs have a lot to answer for. Ridiculous.

    Its like they knew Oakland was going to run their Jumbo pack and didn’t like it.

    Ran one play and got flagged. Ran it again the way the refs told them too and flagged again for another illegal formation.

    That Mike Carrey guy is always an A hole. Always know its gonna be a long day when that d bag is flaggin.

  • boss01

    Reaiity finally set in on teblow….kc’s defense will shut him down and Orton will get some payback

  • hendu

    250,All I can say is RAIDERS

  • GoodOle00

    254. Just as I foretold.

    Knew that the Pats cellar dwelling D exposed how to counter Tebow magic.

    Anytime they run that garbage option you hit Tebow. Let the pursuit take the pitch option YOU kill Tebow. The lowly Bills showed his reign is over…

  • hendu

    Merry Christmas to ALL!

  • hendu

    This team reminds me a bit of the Wild Card team in 80,just get IN, Raiders

  • RaiderSam

    Christmas came early….Reality set in on Tebow
    just find a way to get ahead, and once he has to throw to
    come back from a deficit – INTS reign….

  • ChrisinNC

    Our biggest challenge will be winning. I’m very curious to see whether or not they flex our game to Sunday Night (the first time we will have ever been on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, crazily enough) since it will be America’s darlings, the Chargers vs. the Raiders. NBC can flex any game this week, as none is set yet, and Dallas vs. NYG can’t be flexed since Dallas has already played the maximum of 3 times on Sunday night this year (that would have been their first choice). Not sure what other game they would flex, unless they choose Cincy and Baltimore, or Detroit vs. GB.

  • RaiderSam

    the Titans beat us in a 3 way tie.

  • ChrisinNC

    I think we should be flexed, since our team has not been on NBC SNF yet this year, or any year, and since we’ll potentially be fighting for a playoff spot. I’d love to see our boys on Sunday Night, in primetime, for all the marbles.

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  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    They don’t count the Denver game we lost, they count the fact Raiders are .500 vs Denver, while Titans are 1.000 vs Denver.