Raiders Stun Chiefs on Last-Second Michael Crabtree TD; Marshawn Lynch Ejected

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a touchdown by DeAndre Washington #33 against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Capping off a wild sequence to end the game, Michael Crabtree caught a two-yard touchdown pass on an untimed down to give the Oakland Raiders a 31-30 home victory Thursday night at Oakland Coliseum.

It's the first time the Raiders have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs since Nov. 20, 2014, a streak that lasted five games.

The Raiders appeared to tie the game on a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook with 16 seconds left. However, a replay review determined he was down at the 1-yard line. The reversal led to a 10-second runoff, leaving the Raiders with eight seconds to get the game-tying score.

On the next play, Michael Crabtree saw his touchdown reception wiped off the board as a result of offensive pass interference. The penalty moved Oakland back to the 10-yard line.

As time expired, Derek Carr found Cook in the end zone, but the pass slipped through his hands and fell incomplete. The referees offered the Raiders a lifeline after calling Chiefs safety Ron Parker for holding. Another holding penalty negated an incomplete pass to Cordarrelle Patterson on the next play.

On Oakland's fourth snap after Cook's catch, Carr rolled right and hit Crabtree to tie the game at 30-30. Giorgio Tavecchio's successful extra point attempt gave the Raiders the win.

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal summed up the frenzy at the end of the game:

Thursday Night Football has gained a reputation for sloppy football that features little in the way of entertainment. NFL Network's Rich Eisen noted that was far from the case Thursday night:

The teams combined for 930 yards in addition to their 61 points. Fans were also treated to touchdown plays of 38, 45, 64 and 63 yards. There was even an ejection after Marshawn Lynch made contact with an official in the second quarter.

Raiders players were reacting to a hit on Carr by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. Lynch ran in from the sideline to get into the middle of the scuffle. He began shoving an official, for which he received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and an ejection.

CBS Sports showed Lynch while he was grabbing the referee's shirt:

ESPN's Adam Schefter noted making contact with a referee can draw a $30,387 fine.

Lynch's absence did little to hinder the Raiders offense as Amari Cooper had his biggest game of the season with 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He entered Week 7 having registered 18 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Cooper's first touchdown grab of the night came on a flea flicker with 8:11 left in the first quarter to put Oakland ahead 7-3.

The NFL shared a replay of the score:

Cooper caught his second touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make it a 13-10 game in favor of the Raiders, which became 14-10 after the extra point. Carr found Cooper open on a crossing route over the middle, and the two-time Pro Bowler did the rest as he outran the Chiefs defense en route to the end zone:

While the Raiders offense was hitting on all cylinders in the first half, the opposite was true of the defense. Former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith identified David Amerson as a weak link in the Oakland secondary:

Amerson got burned on Tyreek Hill's 64-yard touchdown reception with 8:51 left in the second quarter. Amerson gave Hill far too large a cushion, and the second-year wideout used his speed down the sideline to blow past Amerson and catch Smith's pass perfectly in stride:

Albert Wilson's 63-yard touchdown catch at the 7:08 mark of the third quarter summed up the night for the Raiders defense.

In a play reminiscent of the Auburn Tigers' "Prayer at Jordan Hare" in 2013, Raiders safety Keith McGill made a nice break on the ball and had his hands on a deep pass by Smith. Instead, he failed to make the interception and the ball fell into the waiting arms of Wilson, who high-stepped into the end zone.

The NFL provided a second look at the improbable touchdown:

That play put Kansas City ahead 27-21 and Harrison Butker's 37-yard field goal put the Chiefs ahead by nine points, 30-21.

While Oakland's defense was suspect for much of the game, it deserves credit for forcing Kansas City to punt on its final two possessions after a Tavecchio cut the deficit to six points. The Raiders' final stop was particularly vital as they held the Chiefs to a three-and-out after sacking Alex Smith for a loss of 11 yards on third down.

That left 2:25 on the clock following Dustin Colquitt's punt, which was just enough time for Carr to drive 85 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

It's still far too early to call this win a turning point in the Raiders' season after they lost four games in a row entering Thursday night. Losing a fifth consecutive game would've put a serious dent in the team's playoff hopes, though.

While Oakland is still 3-4, the team is well within striking distance of a wild-card spot in the AFC and trails the Chiefs by just two games.

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