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Raiders beat Chiefs in thriller with touchdown on final play

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Raiders beat Chiefs in thriller with touchdown on final play


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wins have been so hard to come by for the Oakland Raiders that it took three tries at the final play for them finally to pull this one out and possibly save their season.

Derek Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

"We didn't give up," Crabtree said. "We got a team full of fighters. We believe. ... No matter how hard the game was, we believed. We came out with the W and I'm excited. It's a good way to win, a great way to win."

With their season on the line following the recent slump, Carr led an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:25 to give the Raiders (3-4) the thrilling comeback in a game they trailed by nine points heading into the fourth quarter.

Carr finished 29 for 52 for 417 yards and three touchdowns, with Amari Cooper catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two of the scores. The Raiders had struggled to get the ball downfield while being held to 17 or fewer points in four straight games but Carr repeatedly beat the Chiefs with deep passes.

"No. 4 kept making plays," coach Jack Del Rio said. "This is a special, special win."

Alex Smith threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns but it wasn't enough for the Chiefs (5-2). They lost consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 11-18, 2015, and had their 12-game winning streak in the AFC West snapped in a thrilling finish.

"I've never been part of a game that came down so dramatic," linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "But, still had a chance to win. Period. Just have to make a play. One play. One play."

The Raiders had an apparent go-ahead touchdown pass to Jared Cook with 18 seconds left overturned when replay ruled he was down at the 1. An offensive pass interference on Crabtree wiped out another touchdown on the next play.

But holding calls on Ron Parker and Eric Murray set the stage for the final play. Carr hit Crabtree in the front corner of the end zone to tie it at 30. Giorgio Tavecchio won it with the extra point , setting off a celebration on a wild night that included Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch getting ejected in the second quarter for shoving an official.

Hot tempers
The game took an odd turn midway through the second quarter after Kansas City's Marcus Peters hit Carr late, angering the Raiders. Offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn confronted Peters and Lynch sprinted off the Oakland sideline to join the fray. Lynch, a close friend of Peters, ended up shoving line judge Julian Mapp and getting ejected . Peters also was called for a personal foul on the play. Lynch congratulated his teammates in the locker room after the game but didn't speak to reporters.

"I was disappointed he ran out because I knew we had a 15-yard penalty and we'd be in good shape," Del Rio said.

Long drive
After Marquette King pinned the Chiefs at their own 1 with a perfect punt early in the second quarter, Kansas City needed little time to turn the momentum. Smith hit Demarcus Robinson on a 33-yard pass on the first play of the drive. After a short run, Tyreek Hill beat David Amerson for a 64-yard touchdown pass that gave the Chiefs their first 99-yard drive since doing it Dec. 3, 2006, against Cleveland.

Deep connection
Carr had not connected on a single deep ball to Amari Cooper all season before the two teamed twice for long TDs in the opening quarter. On the first, Cooper appeared to push Terrance Mitchell but the officials picked up the flag and gave Cooper the 38-yard TD . Later in the quarter Carr and Cooper connected on a 45-yard score, making Cooper the first Raiders receiver with two TD catches in the first quarter since Mervyn Fernandez in 1989.

Kicking woes
The Raiders were hurt last week when a bad snap by Jon Condo led to a missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio in a 17-16 loss to the Chargers. That was Tavecchio's first missed kick of any kind this season but he then had a 53-yarder blocked and missed a 45-yarder wide left in the second quarter. Tavecchio also had a false start on an extra point in the third quarter.

Up next
Chiefs: Host Denver on Oct. 30.

Raiders: Visit Buffalo on Oct. 29.

Best of NFL: Steelers outlast Chiefs to defeat NFL's last unbeaten

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Best of NFL: Steelers outlast Chiefs to defeat NFL's last unbeaten

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Le'Veon Bell ran for 179 yards and a touchdown, Antonio Brown made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 on Sunday.

The Chiefs (5-1) still had a chance after Brown's 51-yard reception made it 19-10, moving quickly downfield and getting a 33-yard field goal from Harrison Butker.

And when their defense forced a quick three-and-out, Tyreek Hill's 32-yard punt return gave them the ball with 1:48 to go.

But after the Steelers (4-2) gave up a first down, James Harrison sacked Alex Smith on third-and-10, and the quarterback's incomplete pass on fourth down left the NFL with no unbeaten teams.

Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 25 for 252 yards for Pittsburgh, bouncing back from his abysmal five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week (see full recap). 

Dolphins rally from 17-point deficit to stun Falcons 
ATLANTA — Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins finally generated some offense.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons totally fell apart.

The result: a stunning 20-17 victory for the Dolphins.

Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field goals and Miami rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit, rekindling memories of Atlanta's epic collapse against New England in the Super Bowl.

And next up for the Falcons — a rematch against the Patriots.

"It's tough," Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. said. "We experienced that feeling before in the Super Bowl."

Ryan, who had five interceptions in the two previous games, threw another crucial pick with the Falcons in position to at least attempt a tying field goal (see full recap). 

Peterson scored twice as Cardinals hold off Bucs
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns and 134 yards in an impressive Arizona debut and the Cardinals held off a furious second-half Tampa Bay rally to beat the Buccaneers 38-33 on Sunday.

The Buccaneers (2-3) lost quarterback Jameis Winston to a right shoulder injury in the second quarter, with the Cardinals (3-3) leading 21-0.

But backup Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns to bring Tampa Bay back from a 31-0, early third-quarter deficit.

Fitzpatrick's 37-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans cut the Arizona lead to 38-32 with 2:02 to play.

Larry Fitzgerald recovered the onside kick and, with no Tampa Bay timeouts remaining, the Cardinals ran out the clock (see full recap). 

Cousins inconsistent as Redskins hold on to beat 49ers
LANDOVER, Md. — Jay Gruden took solace in the fact he didn't feel as happy as he normally would when celebrating a victory.

There's reason for that after Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins sweated it out and barely held on to beat past - and possibly future - mentor Kyle Shanahan's winless San Francisco 49ers 26-24 on Sunday. The Redskins (3-2) blew a 17-point lead amid injuries and a pair of turnovers and survived a last-minute drive by 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard.

"You can see that we're starting to turn a corner a little bit when you're not quite as ecstatic as you normally would be after a win," Gruden said. "I know we can play a lot better."

That includes Cousins, who threw for two touchdowns, ran for one and had an interception against the team he has been linked to for next season because of his connection with Shanahan. Gruden called Cousins' play "efficient" after the quarterback was 25 of 37 for 330 yards passing and added 27 yards on the ground (see full recap). 

Derrick Gunn's NFL Week 6 picks: Will Steelers give Chiefs 1st loss?

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Derrick Gunn's NFL Week 6 picks: Will Steelers give Chiefs 1st loss?

Dolphins at Falcons (1 p.m. on CBS)
The Falcons are raring to go coming off of a bye and the Dolphins' offense has all kinds of issues scoring points. Miami is on the road against a well-rested Falcons squad that has the fourth-ranked offense. Atlanta adds to Dolphins’ struggles.

Pick: Falcons

Packers at Vikings (1 p.m. on FOX)
Can the Pack come off that comeback win at Dallas? It looks like Sam Bradford may miss this NFC North matchup, but don’t sleep on Vikings backup quarterback Case Keenum. He has played well in the four games he has appeared in this year. Strange things usually happen when these two get together. Look for Aaron Rodgers and the Pack to get it done on the road.

Pick: Green Bay 

Lions at Saints (1 p.m. on FOX)
The Saints are coming off of their bye week and looking to win three in a row. The Lions have dropped two of their last three. Detroit’s defense is taking a hit with Haloti Ngata out for the season with an elbow injury. 50 points will easily be scored in this game, but because I like the Lions’ defense better, the Lions will roar.

Pick: Detroit

Patriots at Jets (1 p.m. on CBS)
It is possible this game could be closer than it should. The Pats’ defense can’t stop anybody and the Jets have been rolling, winning their last three. New York's defense has kept them in most games this season, giving up just 21 points per game. The Jets will give their AFC East rival all they can handle but the Brady Bunch will prevail.

Pick: New England

49ers at Redskins (1 p.m. on FOX)
The Niners are one of three winless teams left. The 'Skins are well rested. Washington will be without Josh Norman (ribs), and Rob Kelley (ankle) may not be ready. Kirk Cousins seems to be getting more comfortable with his wide receivers. The Niners are making a long trip east for their sixth loss.

Pick: Washington

Bears at Ravens (1 p.m. on FOX)
The Mitchell Trubisky era is upon us. In his debut against the Vikings, he made some plays but missed on many and threw an interception that cost them the game. But he's a rookie getting valuable job training. Unfortunately for Trubisky, the Ravens haven’t lost at home to a rookie quarterback since 1997. That won't change this time.

Pick: Baltimore

Browns at Texans (1 p.m. on CBS)
I can’t even begin to imagine what it's like to be a Browns fan. They can't win, can't find a quarterback and it just goes on and on. The Texans lost their emotional leader, J.J. Watt, for the season. Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has Texans fans excited. He will put on a show against the Charlie Browns of the NFL.

Pick: Houston

Buccaneers at Cardinals (4:05 p.m. on FOX)
Will the Cards’ lethargic run game finally get a jolt with the recent addition of Adrian Peterson? Hard to do when Arizona’s offensive line has been a disaster. I still can't figure out the Bucs' sixth-ranked offense — they have so many weapons yet score only 21.3 points per game. Lucky for the Bucs, ‘Zona is averaging only 16.2. I have a feeling the Cardinals put it together this week and ease some of their season-long frustrations.

Pick: Arizona

Rams at Jaguars (4:05 p.m. on FOX)
Who would have thought this would have been viewed as a marquee matchup? Both teams are 3-2 with Jacksonville coming off an impressive road win at Pittsburgh. The Jags are loaded on defense, and Jared Goff leads the fifth-ranked Rams offense, which is averaging 30 points. The Rams are unbeaten on the road but their run defense gives up 133 yards per game, while the Jags lead the league in rushing at 165 yards per game. I'm taking Jacksonville at home.

Pick: Jacksonville

Steelers at Chiefs (4:25 p.m. on CBS)
After losing last Sunday against Jacksonville, Ben Roethlisberger doubted himself, but recently Big Ben seems to be back in the proper football frame of mind. The Chiefs lost wide receiver Chris Conley for the season to an ACL injury but still have plenty of offensive firepower. Travis Kelce was in concussion protocol but is practicing. Chiefs will remain unbeaten.

Pick: Kansas City

Chargers at Raiders (4:25 p.m. on CBS)
The Chargers finally got in the win column at the expense of the Giants. The Raiders are not the same team without their quarterback Derek Carr, but somehow, some way, Carr is going to play this week while dealing with a fractured bone in his back. If Carr is healthy enough to step on the field, that's good enough for me. 

Pick: Oakland

Giants at Broncos (8:30 p.m. on NBC)
Saying the Giants are a mess is an understatement. It’s bad enough they're winless but against the Chargers, they lost four receivers. Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris are done for the season. Then we find out cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is suspended for this game. Throw in injuries to other key players and it’s a wonder New York can field a team. Now, Big Blue has to go into the Broncos' domain. The Broncos will stampede all over the G-Men.

Pick: Denver

Colts at Titans (8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN)
While the Titans must wait and hope that quarterback Marcus Mariota will play (hamstring), the Colts already know Andrew Luck is out for a sixth straight week. Both squads are 2-3 and both defenses have struggled. The Titans give up 28.4 ppg and the Colts allow 31.8 ppg. I'll take the Titans at home.

Pick: Tennessee