The Kansas City Chiefs make it SIX IN A ROW!
I can not believe I'm typing those words but it's true. The Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 34-20 to move to 7-5 on the season. The Chiefs are in command of their own future in the AFC playoff picture as the top Wild Card team.
The Chiefs went into Oakland in this same position last year. Winners of five straight games. And the Chiefs lost that game. Not this team though. They keep responding.
What we learned is below:
Chiefs dominate the fourth quarter
Good teams are at their best in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs out-scored the Raiders 20-0 in the fourth quarter. I mean, is there a more dominating fourth quarter performance this season? The Chiefs went to their bread and butter - turnovers - to win the game. Marcus Peters and Tyvon Branch both answered the call.
Marcus Peters' homecoming
It was a good day and it was a bad day for Marcus Peters, who was jacked up to play in his hometown of Oakland.
Peters' notable bad moments came when he was hit with a 15-yard penalty for getting in the face of Michael Crabtree. It did appear on the player earlier - a touchdown pass by the Raiders' Derek Carr - that Tyvon Branch was picked by the Raiders receiver, which is what upset Peters. He got into the face of Crabtree and was hit with a penalty. Peters leads the team in penalties this season so that's a thing that needs to be addressed.
Peters more than made up for it with his interception and HUGE return of 58 yards. It led to a Chiefs touchdown, which gave them the lead in the fourth quarter. Huge, huge play by the rookie.
Josh Mauga has the best play of the day
What you're seeing here is a work of art. It's Dee Ford making his best play of the day and not giving up on the pass rush. He and Jaye Howard crash into Derek Carr who throws / fumbles / whatever the ball in the air.
Mauga pick. https://t.co/tkkHDA1rJN— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) December 6, 2015
Josh Mauga snatches it out of the air and then his run is a thing of beauty. He isn't meant to be running 60 yards but here is running away. The Raiders lineman ends up giving up once he sees someone faster coming in. Mauga was THIS CLOSE to scoring the touchdown. The Chiefs ended up punching it in two plays later.
Another homecoming has the second best play of the day
Tyvon Branch, the former Raider, basically won the game with an interception returned for a touchdown with three minutes left in the game. The Chiefs were nursing a six-point lead and Branch's interception and return sealed the game.
What's impressive about this is Branch's reaction time from when the ball was tipped to when and where he catches it. Such a great play. After that, the awareness to get up and start running and run well. This was the play of the game.
Raider drops LOL
There was the open drop on fourth down from Amari Cooper. There was the Michael Crabtree crossing route that would've given the Raiders a commanding two score lead. There was the deep route to Mychal Rivera. The Raiders drops gave the game to the Chiefs.
It's OK to just be honest sometimes: the Raiders really, really helped the Chiefs win that game.
Cairo Santos missed extra points
This is all the way down here because the Chiefs won the game. But this was about to give me a heartache.
He really only missed one extra point and didn't attempt the other. The first one looked like a potentially bad snap or hold and Santos paused his windup and didn't even kick the extra point. Colquitt picked it up and threw it away. The second one was missed a few feet to the right of the goal posts.
The Raiders field looked AWFUL. I'm not saying that was definitely the reason but I wouldn't be surprised if it were part of it. I'll be curious to hear what the players have to say about it after the game.