By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 16th, 2012 at 4:17 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders snapped a six-game losing streak the old-fashioned way Sunday, dominating both sides of the line of scrimmage and riding five field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to a 15-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum.
It was Oakland’s first win since Oct. 28, also against Kansas City, and the first home victory since a 26-23 overtime win over Jacksonville on Oct. 21.
The Raiders improved to 4-10 in their home finale with a stifling defensive effort against a poor Kansas City team which fell to 2-12 and has the inside track on the top pick in the NFL draft.
It was the first shutout by the Raiders since a 24-0 win over the Chiefs in the 2002 regular-season finale, the year they won the AFC championship and advanced to the Super Bowl.
Janikowski converted 5 of 6 field goals attempts from distances of 20, 50, 57, 30 and 41 yards and also missed from 51 yards.
Quarterback Carson Palmer completed 18 of 29 passes for 178 yards but was unable to get the Raiders in the end zone despite playing most of the game with advantageous down and distance.
What the Raiders lacked the ability to turn yardage into touchdowns, they controlled the game and the clock in a game that was never really in doubt.
Running back Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards on 30 carries to lead a 201-yard rushing attack, the Raiders’ biggest output of the season. Backup running back Mike Goodson contributed 89 yards on 13 carries.
Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn often didn’t have time to throw _ he was sacked four times _ and was inept when he did have receivers in the clear. Quinn was 18 of 32 for 136 yards and one interception by Joselio Hanson.
The Chiefs didn’t record their initial first down until 5:30 remained in the first quarter, at which time Oakland already had 16 first downs. Running back Jamal Charles had just 10 yards on nine carries, accounting for all of Kansas City’s rushing yardage.
At halftime, the Raiders led only 9-0 on Janikowski’s first three field goals but had piled up a 198-17 advantage in total offense.
The Raiders looked to be headed into the half leading onl 6-0 after Janikowski missed from 51 yards away, but the Chiefs took all of 32 seconds to go three-and-out and give the Raiders the ball back with 56 seconds left from their own 9-yard line.
From there, quarterback Carson Palmer completed passes of 9 and 15 yards to Rod Streater and 7 yards each to Darren McFadden and Denarius Moore. A 14-yard strike To Brandon Myers with nine seconds left in the half enabled Janikowski to connect from 57 yards just before halftime.
The Raiders finish the season on the road with games at Carolina and San Diego.