The Oakland Raiders finally stopped Alex Smith and his Kansas City Chiefs. In the last 10 games between these two franchise, the guests from Missouri had nine victories and only one defeat.
In Thursday Night Football the hosts had more success at the Black Hole, and in the last second, they managed to win against the leading team in the American Football Conference, 31-30.
Carr’s excellent performance
The fans could not have wished for a better introduction in the 7th week of the NFL. The division derby of the AFC West brought much excitement.
The time was up when Derek Carr made a 2-yard touchdown pass towards Michael Crabtree. After this play, Giorgio Tavecchio did the rest and converted an extra point which brought a much-needed victory to California.
The Raiders managed to break the 4-game losing streak. It was one of the crucial game for the hosts in this championship. If they didn’t succeed in winning the playoff hopes would probably be ended.
Meanwhile, this is the second straight loss for the Chiefs, after 5-0 opening. Furthermore, after 12 triumphs in a row, it was the first failure against the teams from the same division.
The final drive was 85 yards long. With Raiders trailing 6 points Derek Carr made it possible to get through the hole field and bring a fantastic comeback to the hosts. In the end, Carr completed 29 passes in 52 attempts, for incredible 417 yards, and three touchdown passes.
His first target in this match was Amari Cooper who was fantastic, having 11 receiving for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
Chiefs leading star, Alex Smith did his best, but eventually, the guests did not have much luck in this event. Smith ended the match with 342 yards and three touchdown passes. In 36 attempts, he completed 25 passes, which is a solid result productivity.
The rookie star Kareem Hunt was once again solid as he had 87 rushing yards but from 18 attempts. Tyreek Hill contributed with one touchdown and 125 yards in 6 receiving.
We had seen one pretty unpleasant scene during the second quarter when Kansas City’s Marcus Peters made one harsh tackle on Carr, and the players of the hosts were pretty angry, creating a brawl for a minute. Marshawn Lynch got ejected because of unsportsmanlike conduct. One of the best running backs in the previous decade entered the field from the sidelines, joining the whole incident. Following this, Lynch was sent off because he pushed the official. The rumors are saying that he left the stadium and went home furious already at the halftime.
Also, another controversy surrounding this match because the referees made two straight defensive holding calls on the final play of the game, and made it possible for the Raiders to be in the better position before the last attack.
Up next the Raiders are traveling to Buffalo on October 29th, and the Chiefs go back to Arrowhead Stadium to host Denver Broncos one day later.