GALLERY: Raiders lose pivotal game to Chiefs at home
Playoff hopes on the line
The Raiders (5-6) and Chiefs (6-5) are both looking to inch closer to the playoffs as they face off in Oakland on Dec. 6, 2015.
Latavius Murray came ready to run Sunday. On the Raiders opening drive, they marched down the field for 80 yards on nine plays. Five of them were carries by Murray, who totaled 50 yards and a touchdown. But, the touchdown came after he plunged in and was originally ruled down on third down. Jack Del Rio challenged the call and won, giving the Raiders an early 7-0 lead.
After the Raiders drove right down the field for a touchdown, the Chiefs returned the favor. In nine plays, the Chiefs gained 56 yards before heading into the end zone. Smith capped it off with a three-yard touchdown run to even the score at 7-7.
Crabtree comes up huge
With only 13 seconds left in the first half, Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree hooked up for on the best plays of the season thus far. Carr rocketed a pass in between two defenders to a darting Crabtree, who held on in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown, giving the Raiders a 14-7 lead.
Another week, another set of Charles Woodson highlight reel plays. The 39-year-old safety recovered two fumbles in the first half Sunday, and forced one. His second recovery was a thing of beauty. With the Chiefs driving, Woodson ripped the ball right out of Travis Kelce's hands in mid-stride and returned it for 38 more yards.
All tied up
The Chiefs opened the second half with a purpose. In nine plays, Kansas City went 80 yards down the field and tied it all up, 14-14. Running back Spencer Ware waltzed in for a 10-yard score.
Back on top
Derek Carr tossed his second touchdown of the game, this time to a lesser-known target. Tight end Lee Smith caught his first touchdown pass of the year, a five-yard score with nobody in his way. But, Sebastian Janikowski missed his PAT attempt, so the Raiders led 20-14.
Maclin makes it happen
Jeremy Maclin caught two touchdowns for the Chiefs to tie the game and then take the lead. Both came after Derek Carr interceptions. Carr was hit and the ball flew into Josh Muaga's hands and he returned it for 65 yards. Maclin finished on the other end with a one-yard score. Later, Oakland native Marcus Peters intercepted Carr, and Maclin caught a 13-yard touchdown pass to give the Chiefs a 26-20 lead.
That's all folks
A former Raider put a dagger in Oakland's heart Sunday. Tyvon Branch took a pick-six 38 yards to the house, ending the game at 34-20 in favor of the Chiefs. It was Derek Carr's third interception of the game, all coming in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs outscored the Raiders 20-0 in the final quarter.