The Oakland Raiders returned home to a rainy O.Co Coliseum after coming away with the big comeback win in rainy Nashville against the Tennessee Titans.
Second-year quarterback Derek Carr and the Raiders offense got back to where the ended in Tennessee, where they scored the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.
Instead, the Raiders had a tough loss as they fell to the Chiefs 34-20 at a wet O.Co Coliseum.
Offensive coordinator used a heavy dose of running back Latavius Murray on the opening drive, rushing him five times for 50 yards on the opening drive alone. The veteran offensive coordinator rewarded his running back by finishing the drive with a two-yard touchdown run by Murray to take the early 7-0 lead.
But the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t going to go down easy, mustering up a touchdown drive of their own on the ensuing drive. Veteran quarterback Alex Smith made a heads up play from the three-yard line, tucking the ball and walking in for the easy touchdown to tie it up.
Both offenses had plenty of opportunities to add to their respective scores, but the defenses stiffened to limit any damage. 39-year-old safety Charles Woodson scooped up a fumble to give the ball back to the offense. Unfortunately, the offense was unable to capitalize and had to punt the ball back to the Chiefs.
But the future Hall of Famer wasn’t done making an impact on the game. With the Chiefs driving and looking to score before the half, Woodson stripped Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and scooped the ball for a 38-yard return.
This time, Carr and the offense took advantage of the extra possession as he threw a dart to Michael Crabtree for a 25-yard touchdown pass to put the Raiders up 14-7 at halftime.
The Chiefs received the ball first in the second half, and didn’t take long to get back on the scoreboard against the Raiders defense. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid dialed up a 10-play drive to get into the end zone to tie it all up at 14-14.
Finding his groove, Carr were able to convert on a couple of third downs, one coming on a roughing the passer call to extend the Raiders drive. Carr took advantage by finding his big blocking tight end Lee Smith for the five-yard touchdown. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski then had a rare miss on the extra point, his first in 225 tries.
With the 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Carr had one of his worst performances as an Oakland Raider, throwing three interceptions in the period. His first interception came when he tried getting fancy on a throw, but was intercepted by linebacker Josh Mauga took the ball all the way back to the two-yard line. The Chiefs then punched it in with Jeremy Maclin for a touchdown of their own. Looking to take the lead, the Chiefs couldn’t get the hold down and ended up just tying the score at 20 to 20.
On the next drive, Carr looked for his rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper but was not on the same page and Oakland-native Marcus Peters picked him off and returned it 58 yards to the Raiders 13-yard line. Smith needed just two plays to get back into the endzone, finding Maclin for another touchdown on a bubble screen. But somehow, the Chiefs missed another extra point, giving the Raiders a chance to steal the game.
The Raiders drove down the field, but eventually stalled and the Raiders were forced to settle for a 49-yard field goal looking to make it just a three-point game. Instead, Janikowski was wide left again, hitting the left upright and keeping the score at 26-20.
Needing a quick stop, cornerback David Amerson came up with a big pass defensed on third down to force the Chiefs punt. The stop gave the Raiders the ball back with just over four minutes left, down just 6.
Carr looked to find Cooper again over the middle, but the young receiver had the ball go right through his hands and former Raiders safety Tyvon Branch made the shoestring interception. With nobody touching him, Branch got up and returned the ball 38 yards for the touchdown to put the Chiefs up 34-20.
The Raiders would turn the ball over on downs on the next drive, allowing the Chiefs to run the clock out to hand the Raiders their seventh loss of the season.