The win saved the Raiders’ season, giving them a win against their division leader, making the Chiefs fall to 5-2, and putting the Raiders at 3-4.
But let’s talk about the end of this game, that made for the best game through 6 weeks and change of the 2017 season.
Cris Carter and Nick Wright examine the optics behind Marshawn Lynch's ejection in the Kansas City Chiefs-Oakland Raiders game and why Beastmode came to the aid of Marcus Peters on the opposing team rather than Derek Carr who Peters initially knocked down.
There were countless memorable moments in the first 59 minutes and 30 seconds of the Raiders' 31-30 victory Thursday night, but they all figure to be forgotten. The five-play sequence to end the game, unlike any ending to an NFL game before, is what will be remembered in Oakland years from now.
Richardson allegedly told the Chiefs player that he could get 300 backpacks with Nike’s brand on them for a charitable book bag giveaway event at the start of the 2016 school year. The player paid $6,000 in April of that year, but no backpacks were delivered, according to the indictment.
I’ve covered 71 Chiefs regular-season games, and during that time span, I have enforced a zero-tolerance policy of ref blaming. It doesn’t help, it’s counterproductive, and it takes the onus off the players and coaches who had a direct impact on the loss. But I’ve got to say … I understand why this one was definitely tough to swallow.
“Had a few penalties down the stretch there that got us,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “It’s a shame it came down to that, right? Let the guys play there. Let them settle it right there on the field.”
“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters said.
“I was disappointed that he ran out . . . I didn’t get a chance to have a conversation with him about it,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “I told him you don’t leave the bench like that. That was about it. Next thing I knew, he was being tossed.”
Reason to hope: The Chiefs’ offense responded after a brutal showing on Sunday against the Steelers. They resembled the efficient unit that terrorized the NFL over the season’s first month.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost to Oakland 31-30 on Thursday Night Football, and after the game, The Star’s Sam Mellinger (@mellinger), Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian), Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) and Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) convened in the press box at the Oakland Coliseum to discuss the Chiefs’ defensive issues, the ways the officiating impacted the game and much more. They also answered readers’ questions.
But that final drive was most frustrating to the Chiefs. They allowed the Raiders to convert on fourth-and-11 at one point. The game appeared over two different times when the Chiefs stopped the Raiders twice after time had expired.
But defensive penalties allowed the Raiders two snaps after the clock was at all zeros. Oakland (3-4) finally took advantage.
"Just make a play," linebacker Derrick Johnson said when asked what the Chiefs were thinking on the final drive. "They needed everything to go [right] for them to get that last score. They had everything happen in their favor, including penalties.
"Just watching, just rooting," Smith said. "You’re a fan at that point, rooting for our defense. There were so many close plays out there.
Make no mistake about it, this is the best game played in the NFL so far this season and the best since the Cardinals-Packers overtime playoff game a few years back. It was back and forth with neither team giving an inch and both offenses firing on all cylinders. The first 60 minutes of the game were great enough, but the final 0 seconds were the stuff of legends. The Raiders had multiple untimed downs at the end and finally came through for the victory. Furthermore, Tony Romo’s brilliance on commentary made this game one of the all-time greats in NFL history.
There were 8 lead changes in this game, culminating in the Raiders taking five shots at the end zone to get the game-winning score. There were a lot of crazy things that happened in this game, but just those five final shots were enough to send you into cardiac arrest.