The Oakland Raiders just pulled off the biggest win since beating the Titans in the AFC Championship in '02. The Raiders knocked off the AFC West-leading Chiefs 23-20 in overtime. It wasn't a pretty game. The Raiders had 15 penalties for 140 yards yet were able to overcome the adversity and pull out the huge win.
During a rainy first half the Raiders offense struggled and the Chiefs, with the help of a few penalties, built a 10-0 lead and took it into halftime. The Raiders dodged a bullet just before the half as the Chiefs had the ball inside Oakland's 10-yard line. If the Chiefs score a TD here and go up 17-0 you could pretty much book this one. Instead Matt Cassel gets intercepted thanks to some good coverage by Mike Mitchell and Jeremy Ware being in the right place at the right time.
The second half was a different story. Jacoby Ford took the opening kickoff the distance swinging the momentum in Oakland's favor. Michael Huff and Rock Cartwright combined to force a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. The offense struggled but was in position to tie the game with a FG but Janikowski was off the mark. The Chiefs then added a FG to make it a 13-7 lead.
The Raiders offense finally came to life with a seven-play 74-yard drive capped off with a two-yard TD pass from Jason Campbell to 325-lb Khalif Barnes. The defense held and the Raiders drove 75 yards on 12 plays getting a FG from Janikowski. The Raiders led 17-13.
The defense held again and forced the Chiefs to punt and seemed to be in the driver's seat in this one. Nick Miller fumbled the punt then got his arms around the ball as a KC defender did the same. Rock Cartwright came out of the pile with the football but KC was awarded possession. The Raider defense was caught confused and out of position and Cassel took advantage hitting Dwayne Bowe for a TD.
The Kansas City Chiefs then forced the Raiders to punt. At that point, about 10 percent of the sold-out crowd started to leave. Boy, would they regret it.
The Raiders defense then forced KC to punt giving Oakland one last chance to tie it up. Jacoby Ford came up with a very big catch to set up the game-tying FG. A Kansas City DB had the ball picked off but Ford was able to rip the ball from his grasp. Campbell spiked the ball with :07 seconds left. Janikowski's attempt was good and the game went to overtime.
The Chiefs won the toss and got the ball first in OT. Janikowski's kickoff took a Raider bounce and roll, which led to the KC return man barely getting to the 10-yard line. The defense stepped up big forcing a three and out.
Jacoby Ford would once again come to the rescue hauling in a 47-yard pass from Jason Campbell. When the ball was in the air, I thought for sure it was overthrown. Jacoby Ford showed his track-star speed and got under the pass to set up the game-winning FG.
Sebastian Janikowski got the opportunity he's been waiting for since the Cardinals game and he delivered the game-winning score in overtime. What a game.
I was there in the rain for this big win and it was worth every wet minute. Jacoby Ford had a career day becoming just the second man in NFL history to have at least 140 receiving yards and 150 kick return yards. The first guy to do that was way back in 1962.
Congratulations to the Oakland Raiders and to us, the RAIDER NATION.