Chiefs ‘D' Up Defeat Raiders 23-17

How many times in the waning minutes of Chiefs game has the game come down to the defense and each time they failed. Well not on Sunday night in Oakland as the new and improved Kansas City defense stopped the Raiders inside the ten yard line on four consecutive plays. That sealed the victory as Kansas City defeated the Raiders 23-17.

With just under two minutes left in the game and facing a third and five from the ten yard line, Oakland Raiders quarterback called the perfect play. Running back Lamont Jordan was wide open on a screen pass but defensive end Eric Hicks blocked the pass attempt and set up a critical forth down.

On the next play, Collins ignored Randy Moss and tried to loft a pass to wide receiver Jerry Porter in the end zone. The ball was tipped by safety Sammy Knight and eventually fell into the hands of cornerback Benny Sapp. Though Sapp caught the ball out of bounds, the Chiefs defense made the stop and sealed a victory that pushed the Chiefs record to 2-0.

This game was marred by penalties, turnovers and missed opportunities. The final Raiders drive was set up by a fumble by Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Parker. On the play Parker picked up a first down but tried to get some additional yards and Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson stripped the ball from the young receiver.

In the first quarter, Kansas City took an early 7-0 lead when Raiders rookie return man Chris Carr fumbled a punt and the Chiefs punched the ball into the end zone.

The Raiders came right back to tie the score with a 1-yard run touchdown. But Kansas City scored another touchdown in the second quarter. After Priest Holmes went down with a stinger, Larry Johnson scored from 6-yards out. That gave the Chiefs momentum and a 14-7 lead.

Each team hit a pair of field goals to close out the half with the score 17-10.

But in the third quarter, the Raiders went back to their air game. After blocking a Lawrence Tynes field goal attempt, quarterback Kerry Collins on the first play of the next drive; hit Moss for a 64-yard score that knotted the score at 17-17.

Feeling the need to keep the Raiders off the field, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders did a remarkable job of mixing up the pass and the run. After a nine minute drive that stretched the limits of the Raiders defense, Tynes connected on his second field goal of the night. The 39-yard field goal gave the Chiefs a 20-17 lead.

Once again the defense stepped up and prevented the Raiders from getting a first down. This time the offense went back to work and under the guidance of quarterback Trent Green; sat on the ball for another five minutes. Tynes ended the drive with a 42-yard field goal that gave the Chiefs a 23-17 lead.

But after the defense shut the Raiders offense down for the third time in the second half, the Chiefs let them back in the game. Parker's fumble gave Oakland the ball at midfield.

That set up the final series of plays as Kansas City's defense made key stops on third and fourth down to preserve the victory.

Next week the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Denver to play the Broncos a week from Monday Night. The winner of that game will take control of the AFC West. The Raiders travel to Philadelphia to face Terrell Owens and the red hot offense of the Eagles.

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