It wasn't Len Dawson or Hank Stram. It wasn't Kenny Stabler or John Madden. It was Matt Cassell and Todd Haley in the red and white, and Jason Campbell and Tom Cable in the all-too-famous silver and black.
The intensity was felt throughout the entire stadium. The hatred the Raiders and Chiefs feel for one another clouded the air like the smog on a crisp California morning. There wasn't a single player on the field old enough to remember the old Raiders-Chiefs rivalries of the expansion days, but it didn't stop any of them from going for blood.
With the top two rushing attacks squaring off with one another, the ground game was sure to play a vital role in the outcome. However it was the run defense that stole the spotlight. The Chiefs and Raiders were held to a combined 216 rushing yards.
The quarterback play was mediocre, but the Raiders returned to their old AFL-style deep-ball maneuvers, which ultimately helped them win the game. Jacoby Ford became the favorite target for Jason Campbell, catching six balls for 148 yards. Ford also stole the show when he opened the second half with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, giving hope to Raider Nation after a dismal first half.
The Chiefs' running tandem of veteran Thomas Jones and youngster Jamaal Charles were held in check by the hungry Raider defense. The longest run of the day for Kansas City was a 13-yard scamper by Charles, as the Chiefs struggled to establish their league-leading rushing attack.
The Raiders one-two punch of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush were nothing to write home about either. With the exception of McFadden's 34-yard run in the third quarter, the Raiders had no answer for the Chiefs' powerful rushing defense and were held to under 120 yards on the ground, 30 yards below their season average.
As the game went on, the leads changed, and the officiating crew seemed to be frustrated with the amount of penalties drawn. It seemed as if every play would be post-scripted with a yellow flag. It brought back memories of when the Raiders-Chiefs rivalry was actually important. With so much anticipation leading up to this game, the raw emotion of a once-glorified rivaly felt rejuvenated.
The game was filled with big plays. Matt Cassel threw a seam to Dwayne Bowe for a 20-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs the 20-17 lead late in the fourth quarter. However, Jason Campbell hooked up with Jacoby Ford during the final ticks of the game to set up Sebastian Janikowski's 41-yard game-tying field goal with three seconds left.
After a quick three-and-out by the Chiefs to open up the overtime period, the Raiders answered quickly as Jason Campbell once again hit rookie Jacoby Ford deep with a 47-yard bomb that lead to a 33-yard game-winning field goal by Janikowski.
As pandemonium poured throughout Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, shades of an old AFL rivalry came to life once again. As the Chiefs and Raiders continue the season fighting for the AFC West crown, it will be exciting to see this historic rivalry shine once again. The two teams finish the season on Jan. 2 in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. It's a game that could ultimately decide the division winner.
And wouldn't you know it? After 50 years the Hunts, and the decrepit, skeletal man named Al Davis will be there, assuring us the Raiders-Chiefs rivalry is back.