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Raiders 16, Chiefs 13, OT

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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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • fingers

    505…not sure how long you’ve been a Raider fan… But today’s game was a typical Raider / Chef game… Including penalties..

  • Thec07

    Yet, they beat the Packers? Let me guess the Packers are just overated?

    +++++

    Packers suffered some key injuries to the oline that game…They are in deep schit…

  • djohnnyg

    Everybody’s saying it was Seymour but the article says Trevor Scott blocked that last FG attempt.

    Which is it?

  • fingers

    If I’m not mistaking I think Kc still leads us Head to head by 4 games..

  • 505raiders

    we see KC twice every year we know what they are about

    GB sees us and KC once in four years

    was that a must win for GB no

    GB o line is desimated by injury

    KC has a good front

    that could have been us

  • Thec07

    KC has been eliminated…THEY ARE 6-9

  • alex7

    Fingers might be referring to all-time record head to head.

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    Here’s an ironic twist; New England was forced to start Logan Mankins @ LT due to the injury to Matt Light. Since Sebastian Vollner, the Patises regular RT was already hurt Nate Solder was subbing for him.

    Mankins left leg was fallen on & he left the game.

    So, like the Pack the Patsies may have problems keeping their QB upright in the playoffs. . .

  • Thec07

    OK fingers, got it…

  • fingers

    Kc’s Oline did a pretty good job today…gonna need to pressure The Chokers more… Rattle Rivers…. Watch the media jump off the Charger bandwagon this week… Probley The Tebow bandwagon as well….

  • fingers

    Yes… Alltime .. I think Kc was up to 7 games ahead at onetime ..

  • 505raiders

    we have jump on them early TDs no FGs

  • ChrisinNC

    Guys, this playoff scenario is a mess. Basically, here’s how it stands:

    For the Wild Card:

    -We need the Bengals to lose
    -If the Titans win, we need the Jets to win. If the Titans lose, the Jets game is meaningless.

    For the Division:

    -We need the Broncos to lose AND we have to beat the Chargers.

    There’s your scenarios. Start praying..

  • Thec07

    Anyway enjoy the holidays guys…Be safe and enjoy Victory monday…

    1 NATION…

  • 505raiders

    its the west or bust

  • fingers

    I gotta get too…peace to everyone… And a merry Christmas…
    Go Raiders…

  • ChrisinNC

    I’m uncertain as to why the Titans own the tiebreaker over us, as they are giving it to them based on best common game win percentage. The Titans have beaten the Broncos in one of those four games, and that’s why they get the edge over us. What I don’t understand is, why doesn’t our win against the Broncos count? Why is it just the loss that counts? Anyone have an idea?

  • beach

    It is really hard to give any love to Chuck B. Seymour spared us a miserable beginning to the offseason, thankfully. :)

  • Kirk

    One of the worst games I have ever seen.

    We really have some knuckleheads on our team.

  • beach

    Chris, No idea. Did I understand you right that if we finish 9-7 with Tenn and NYJ, we would get the wild card?

  • LTR

    I’m uncertain as to why the Titans own the tiebreaker over us, as they are giving it to them based on best common game win percentage. The Titans have beaten the Broncos in one of those four games, and that’s why they get the edge over us. What I don’t understand is, why doesn’t our win against the Broncos count? Why is it just the loss that counts? Anyone have an idea?
    —————————————
    This doesn’t make sense we beat houston and tenn already lost to them

  • Blandafan

    Who owns tie-breaker next week if Bengals lose and Raiders (and Denver) win?

    Link (new window)

  • ChrisinNC

    @Beach

    Yep, because there would be 4 teams tied at 9-7, and our strength of victory would be the winning factor. For some reason, if there’s only 3 teams (Titans, Raiders, Bengals), the Titans win the tiebreaker over the Bengals and over us before we get to the strength of victory tiebreaker (which we would win). So we need all 4 of us tied, or we need to only be tied with the Bengals or Bengals and Jets. We can’t tie with the Titans unless it’s 4 way.

  • RaiderKen

    I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I want to get the wild card. This is my reasoning: West div. winner will play the best wild card team Pitt/Balt. worst wild card team plays the Texans. If that’s not enough then the worst of the winners plays the Pat’s, and the best of the winners plays Pitt/Balt.
    I like the senario where we Play the Texans and Pat’s over Pitt/Balt.

  • ChrisinNC

    @LTR

    I know, and it’s the best win percentage in a minimum of 4 common games. We only share 4 common games with the Titans (the minimum):

    -Titans lost to Houston, we beat Houston (+1 Raiders)
    -Titans beat Buffalo, we lost to Buffalo (-1 Raiders)
    -Titans beat Cleveland, we beat Cleveland (neutral)
    -Titans beat Denver, we lost to Denver (-1 Raiders)

    This is why they give the Titans the tiebreak. I don’t understand why our loss to Denver overrides our win, though.

  • alex7

    Looks like we would have the wild-card tie-breaker vs Titans as it goes all the way down to 4th one: strength of schedule.

    Titans have played the Colts (twice), Bucs, and Panthers. Enough said.

  • alex7

    Chris,

    what other tie-breaker do you have the Titans winning over us? Same conference schedule. Common games doesn’t factor in, as there aren’t 4 of them (unless you count Denver as the 4th, which we beat once, they beat once). Each have 3-1 record in common games.

  • BewareofRaiders

    We can win the division. I hope the chiefs are pissed off and destroy the broncos. Kyle Orton has a chance to get back at his old team and make elway look like a dumbass. But we can do it

  • LTR

    I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I want to get the wild card. This is my reasoning: West div. winner will play the best wild card team Pitt/Balt. worst wild card team plays the Texans. If that’s not enough then the worst of the winners plays the Pat’s, and the best of the winners plays Pitt/Balt.
    I like the senario where we Play the Texans and Pat’s over Pitt/Balt.
    ——————————
    division winner plays worst wildcard record

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Could SD comeback?

  • morilla

    I hope Orton comes out with a chip on his shoulder against Denver. You know he wants that game.

  • Plunketthead

    To heck with the wild card.
    I want to be the AFC West Champion!!!!!

  • morilla

    Hali is going to have to watch his pass rush pursue or Teblow will have lanes all day.

  • Raider guy

    Because we are still in it going into the last week…best raider season in YEARS

  • ChrisinNC

    @Alex7

    That’s the one I’m talking about, the 4 common games. The Denver game does count, and for some reason, they are comparing our loss to Denver against Tennessee’s win against Denver. Our win against Denver does not matter in this situation, for some reason. Again, I do not understand why, but this is what happens if it’s a 3 way tie between us, the Bengals, and the Titans. The Titans eliminate the Bengals because of a better conference record, and the Titans eliminate us because of a better win record in common games. It never gets to strength of victory.

  • ChrisinNC

    I guess in the common game situation, a loss overrides a win if a team has played the common team twice.

  • RaiderKen

    LTR

    Texans won their division and will have a better record than either West division winner. Both those Div. winners play the wild card teams. Texans getting the team with the worst record and the West Div winner getting Pitt/Balt.

  • ChrisinNC

    I honestly wish I could ask someone in the NFL why this is the case. As reference, just check the ESPN Playoff Machine, and it explains why the Titans beat us in a 3 way tie.

  • Plunketthead

    How about that Lechler shovel pass for a TD. Lechler is dangerous

  • morilla

    Romeo is a great defensive minded coach. They can shut down the Broncos, they just need to score on that Defense.

    I can’t believe I am going to be a KC fan this week. I think I have a red shirt somewhere in my closet.

  • Raiderjambo

    This team doesn’t shoot itself in the foot, it damn well blows both feet off! Anyway a wins a win for all that, no matter what. Some observations fro the game:
    DHB is turning into a reliable receiver and comes to play everygame.(Thanks AL)
    Romac looks like he is favoring his right ankle and definately looks like he is playing hurt
    D at least came to play, but there is still room for improvement
    Jano is the man.(Thanks again AL)
    It’s still a great time to be a RAIDERFAN!

  • Raiderjambo

    Giordano has just as many receptions from Orton as the receivers he’s throwing to !

  • BewareofRaiders

    So if we win the west we play either Pitt or Baltimore?…hope we come to play and hope Run DMC is back

  • morilla

    Gio is a true Raider. The best player in that secondary along with Branch. Gio is always around the ball. It’s freaky.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I feel just like James Brown

  • boss01

    Did hali even play today? Veldheer should be in the pro bowl after this performance…voting already in though

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    ChrisinNC Says:
    December 24th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I honestly wish I could ask someone in the NFL why this is the case. As reference, just check the ESPN Playoff Machine, and it explains why the Titans beat us in a 3 way tie.
    ……

    Texans get Johnson and The DC back for Titans game. Maybe they can pull out the win.

  • olinesux

    watching the dvr, lechler was talking smack to thomas jones at the coin toss…”you’re not getting it back, youre not getting the ball back!”

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    richeisen Rich Eisen
    Figuring out AFC wildcard is messy, but: CIN wins, they’re in. If DEN wins West and OAK still wins and it’s OAK/CIN/NYJ/TEN at 9-7, it’s OAK

    richeisen Rich Eisen
    If OAK wins West and CIN/NYJ/TEN are all 9-7 TEN goes. IF OAK wins West (or loses) TEN loses at HOU, CIN loses and Jets win…they go.

    By the way, the Ravens win sealed the Texans into the 3-seed. No bye for HOU. It’s either BAL or PIT for last AFC bye. NE clinched bye 2day.

  • da trinity

    All I can say is Curry is a hitter