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The Chiefs win feels so good because it hurt the Raiders so bad

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You can measure how big a game is based on how your opponent responds. With that in mind, the Kansas City Chiefs victory over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday was HUGE.

I say that because the Raiders are really, really upset that they lost the game. Charles Woodson, who has in his 18th year in the league, says that was one of the toughest losses of his career.

"I've played a lot of football in my life -- won a lot of games, lost a lot of games -- but today was probably one of the hardest losses that I've been a part of in my career," Woodson said, via Silver and Black Pride. "That was a tough loss."

The Chiefs faced - and beat - an opponent that really wanted to win this game. That bodes well for Kansas City to already be playing in a playoff atmosphere.

"We were treating this as if it were our playoffs," Woodson said. "We needed to win; we basically needed to win out. There was a playoff atmosphere. It was against a rival. You have your chances, and everybody understands what's at stake."

This makes me feel better about the Chiefs win. It's more impressive once you look at how badly the Raiders wanted and needed this win.

What a time to be alive.

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