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Chiefs Fall to Raiders 31-10

Posted Jan 2, 2011

Finish 7-1 at Arrowhead

Kansas City - The Chiefs fell to the Raiders by a 31-10 margin at Arrowhead. The Chiefs surrendered 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as Oakland claimed a win in the regular season finale for both clubs. Kansas City’s defense recorded 4.0 sacks, including 2.5 from LB Tamba Hali, who finished the season with a career-high 14.5 sacks. RB Jamaal Charles registered 87 yards on the ground with one TD.

 

Oakland won the toss and chose to defer. Kansas City took the opening kickoff and on the third play from scrimmage QB Matt Cassel hit WR Dexter McCluster on a quick screen for 15 yards and a first down. The Chiefs moved just inside Raiders territory, but were forced to punt.

Oakland’s first possession ended abruptly when Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher forced a WR Darrius Heyward-Bey fumble on the Raiders first play. LB Derrick Johnson recovered the ball at the Raiders own 17-yard line, setting KC up in the Red Zone. Four plays later K Ryan Succop put a 30-yard field goal attempt through the uprights, giving the Chiefs an early 3-0 lead.

Each team went punt for punt as the first quarter concluded. Oakland’s offense found rhythm in the second quarter and slowly worked its way into Chiefs territory. Campbell hit WR Jacoby Ford on a quick screen, racing 35 yards down the sideline to Kansas City’s six-yard line. Three plays later Campbell found WR Chaz Schilens in the end zone for a six-yard TD, capping a 14-play, 91-yard drive that gave the Raiders a 7-3 advantage with 8:38 to play in the second quarter.

After an exchange of punts the Raiders took over at their own 25-yard line. Campbell and company again moved into Chiefs territory. On third and 10 from the Oakland 46, Campbell connected with RB Michael Bush for a 16-yard gain to KC’s 38. With no timeouts remaining Raiders TE Zach Miller was tackled in bounds at the Chiefs 21-yard line. Following a Campbell spike, K Sebastian Janikowski was successful on a 38-yard field goal try, pushing the Raiders lead to 10-3 at intermission.

The Raiders were first to touch the ball in the second half. A 22-yard rush by Bush followed by two short completions pushed Oakland into Chiefs territory. Following a penalty, the Raiders picked up 11 yards on third and 14. Oakland elected to go for it on fourth and three, but came up a yard sh, giving the ball back to KC at its own 36. Four plays later Charles rumbled 47 yards on a handoff, moving the Chiefs to Oakland’s eight. Charles finished the job when he trotted into the end zone from five yards out, capping a six-play, 64-yard drive that tied the score at 10-10.

Oakland responded with a touchdown drive of its own as Bush scampered 26 yards up the middle for a TD. Oakland traveled 75 yards on nine plays, eating 5:36 off the clock in the third quarter, giving the Raiders a 17-10 lead.

The teams exchanged punts to open the fourth quarter. With 11:45 to play in the contest Raiders P Shane Lechler pinned KC at its own three-yard line. On third and 11 from their own two, Cassel fired a pass intended for McCluster, but was intercepted by Raiders S Michael Huff, who returned it to the Chiefs 10-yard line. On the next play from scrimmage, Ford rushed 10 yards around the left end into the end zone pushing Oakland’s lead to 24-10 with 11:16 remaining.

On the ensuing possession, penalties forced the Chiefs into a third and 30 at their own 20. Cassel’s pass was picked off by CB Stanford Routt who returned it for a 22-yard TD, advancing Oakland’s lead to 31-10 with just over nine minutes remaining.

Following the ensuing kickoff, Cassel connected with TE Tony Moeaki for 17 yards and then WR Chris Chambers for 18 yards moving KC to Oakland’s 18. After a two-yard loss the Chiefs faced fourth and five from the 20. Cassel’s pass fell incomplete turning the ball over on downs.

On Kansas City’s next possession QB Tyler Palko took the helm to close out the game. Palko and company moved quickly into striking distance, but couldn’t put any points on the board, making the final count 31-10.

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