Seven years of distress at Arrowhead Stadium ended for the Raiders with a 40-32 win over the unbeaten defending Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sunday.
It was a signature win for quarterback Derek Carr, who was 0-6 at Kansas Metropolis, in addition to the largest win within the second tenure of coach Jon Gruden.
Carr had landing passes of 59 yards to Nelson Agholor, 5 yards to Darren Waller and 72 yards to rookie Henry Ruggs III, with Josh Jacobs (23 carries, 77 yards) including landing runs of seven and two yards. Carr accomplished 22 of 31 passes for 347 yards, shaking off an early interception that led to a Chiefs landing.
It was a Carr quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 with lower than two-minutes to play on the Chiefs’ 45 yard line that sealed the win.
Daniel Carlson had area objectives of 38 and 43 yards for the Raiders, who improved to 3-2 heading in to their bye week after going through 4 straight opponents that had been within the playoffs in 2019.
Kansas Metropolis, which matched the Raiders level for level in a 24-24 first half, stalled because the Raiders’ much-maligned protection got here out of nowhere to pressure three straight punts and get an enormous interception and 48-yard return from security Jeff Heath.
Gruden did his finest to be beneath management on what was his most vital Sunday since he gained the Tremendous Bowl towards the Raiders towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2003 season.
“We’re getting higher,” Gruden mentioned. “We’re discovering methods to maneuver the ball. We acquired some stops once we wanted them, however we nonetheless have an extended method to go.”
For the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes (22 of 43, 340 yards) had a three-yard landing run and scoring passes of 10 yards to Tyreek Hill and eight yards to Sammy Watkins. Harrison Butker additionally kicked a 32-yard area aim. Mahomes threw a 3rd landing cross to Travis Kelce and hit Darryl Williams for a two-point conversion to chop the Raiders’ result in 40-32 with 3:57 left. They by no means acquired the ball again.
In the course of the seven recreation shedding streak at Arrowhead, the Raiders had by no means scored greater than 17 factors in a recreation. They scored 21 within the second quarter alone.
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Heath steals it and seals it: After the Raiders pressured three straight punts, the Chiefs needed to go for a primary down on fourth-and-7 in their very own territory and Mahomes threw an interception to order security Jeff Heath. Heath returned it 48 yards to the 2-yard line, the place Jacobs completed it off with a 2-yard run and a 40-24 lead with 5:26 remaining.
It was Mahomes’ first interception of the season and highlighted a defensive effort that noticed the Raiders pressure three straight punts earlier than Heath’s play.
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Carlson’s 43-yard area aim for a 33-24 lead got here on a drive the place the large play was a 42-yard hookup from Carr to Hunter Renfrow on third-and-18.
On the earlier play, a doubtful tight finish display from Carr to Jason Witten netted two yards.
Fourth-and-1 gambles: Twice within the second half Gruden went for first downs on fourth-and-1 with Carr changing on quarterback sneaks.
“We simply didn’t need to give Mahomes one other crack at it,” Gruden mentioned.
Jacobs brings it residence: After a 3rd quarter by which the Raiders had the ball for greater than 10 minutes, Jacobs completed off a 13-play, 71-yard landing drive with a seven run. The dangerous information? Carlson missed the additional level, nevertheless it ended up not being an element.
The landing drive took eight minutes off the clock. The Raiders, which went from a high-flying downfield passing staff in a 24-24 first half, seized momentum within the second half with a 20:30 to 9:30 benefit in time of possession.
“The factor about going rating for rating and having a shootout is, I imply look the blokes they’ve. They’ve Patrick Mahomes. It’s a by no means a recreation you need to play with him,” Jacobs mentioned. “To see the protection come up and make performs is superior.”