Raiders Clinch Late Win Over Chiefs As Marshawn Lynch Is Ejected

Arnold Nichols
October 23, 2017

Tight end Jared Cook's unbelievable grab unfortunately had him a foot short of the goal line.

On the next play, Crabtree would be called for offensive pass interference.

Long before going in the direction of the sure-handed Crabtree for the victor and the leaping 6-foot-5 tight end to set it up, Carr and offensive coordinator Todd Downing made a concerted effort to get Cooper involved early, going at the two-time Pro Bowler on Oakland's first offensive play of the game - albeit a pick up of just 12 yards. Most people expected the Chiefs to come out on fire, and they did, leading 30-21 heading into the fourth quarter. On the other hand, the Chiefs were in first place in the AFC West and looked to rebound from their first loss of the season last week. In a game where QB play was the highlight, last-second penalties were crucial, as the Raiders got two extra chances to score the touchdown with no time on the clock. Derek Carr threw the winning touchdown to Michael Crabtree, beating the Chiefs 31-30.

Carr then tossed an incomplete pass on the next play, but Chiefs safety Ron Parker was called for holding. This caused the referee to eject Lynch from the game.

Carr finished 29 for 52 for 417 yards and three touchdowns, with Amari Cooper catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two of the scores. The veteran running back was later seen watching the game from the stands.

The push off by Crabtree on Marcus Peters was rather obvious, but it left three seconds on the clock for the Raiders to work with.

It never did defend Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill (eight catches for 125 yards and a 64-yard TD) and allowed 425 yards and an average of 7.1 per play. If the Raiders had lost their game to Kansas City, it's hard to imagine that they could have climbed out of a 2-5 hole overall a very difficult division and conference.

As for the Raiders, Lynch's behaviour aside, it was a good day at the office.

Oakland also gave up 30 points through the first three quarters. Despite that, they stopped Hunt for no gain on first down, stopped him after a six-yard pickup on second down, and then the only sack of the game came at just the right time to force the Chiefs to punt.

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