What went right in the game

For the first time this season the Raiders got off to a quick start and didn't fall behind the eight-ball. Oakland got a touchdown, an interception and a blocked field goal in the game's first 5 ½ minutes

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Norv Turner finally committed to the run, or at least as much as he could. The Raiders actually out-gained the Chiefs on the ground, 100-99, nothing spectacular but effective enough to keep Kansas City's defense honest

Kerry Collins continued his late-season surge, throwing for 217 yards and two touchdowns. In a season that has been as rough as this one, Collins' performances late in the year should provide a solid building point for 2005

Larry Johnson torched the Raiders for 176 yards in the first game between the two teams but had just 79 yards on 25 carries in the rematch. Credit Oakland's defense, which did a good job of swarming Johnson whenever he touched the ball

WHAT WENT WRONG

Once again the special teams coverage units were terrible. Dante Hall's 49-yard kickoff return that set up the Chiefs' winning field goal was just the icing on the cake

Speaking of terrible, does anyone in a Raider uniform know who Tony Gonzalez is? Apparently not, because the Chiefs tight end was allowed to roam free all day and he made Oakland's defense pay big time to the tune of 11 catches, 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns

The Raiders' season-long struggles of pressuring the quarterback again proved to be critical yet again, as Kansas City QB Trent Green frequently had all day to find open receivers without so much as a hand in his face. That's a big reason Green passed for 358 yards and two TDs and a big reason Oakland lost

Penalties once again cropped up to hinder the Raiders, who were flagged 12 times for 90 yards. Oakland nearly shot itself in the foot when it got called for penalties on consecutive plays while trying to get in line for a late Sebastian Janikowski field goal attempt

By the Numbers

3: Number of blocked kicks this season by Langston Walker, who got his hand in the way of first-quarter attempt by Kansas City's Larry Tynes to deflect the ball

8: Games in the last nine years between the Raiders and Chiefs to be decided by three points or less

71.1: Percent of passes completed by Kansas City's Trent Green, who went 32-for-45 against the Raiders' spongy pass defense

20: First downs in the first half given up by the Raiders defense. Oakland's offense, on the other hand, had just 18 first downs for the entire game

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