KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derek Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, outplaying Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes along the way, and the Las Vegas Raiders nearly shut out the potent Kansas City offense in the second half to rally for a 40-32 victory Sunday that ended the Chiefs’ franchise-record 13-game winning streak.
Josh Jacobs scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, Daniel Carlson added a field goal a few minutes later, and Mahomes was intercepted on fourth down to set up another touchdown by Jacobs that make it 40-24 with 5:26 left.
Mahomes led the Chiefs quickly downfield, hitting Travis Kelce for a touchdown and Darrel Williams for the 2-point try to make it a one-possession game. But after the Raiders (3-2) recovered the squib quick, Jacobs rumbled for a first down as the Chiefs (4-1) used up their timeouts, and Carr sneaked for a first down on fourth-and-1 near midfield with 2 minutes left to allow Las Vegas to end its five-game skid against Kansas City.
The Chiefs had won seven in a row over their longtime rival at Arrowhead Stadium, where Carr had been especially bad in losing each of his six starts. But he was simply spectacular with a relatively quiet 17,000 fans in the building, helping to guide the Raiders to their first win in Kansas City since Oct. 28, 2012.
Mahomes spent the entire game trying to escape the Las Vegas pass rush, which manhandled the Chiefs offensive line, and finished with 340 yards passing and two touchdowns along with an interception. Kelce had 108 yards receiving.
The slower second half, when the Raiders finished their comeback from a 14-3 deficit, came after a first half in which the Raiders and Chiefs combined for nearly 700 yards and played to a 24-all draw.
The Chiefs got a touchdown pass from Mahomes to Sammy Watkins, who later left with a hamstring injury, but also had two TD passes brought back by penalties. The first was a 58-yarder to Hill that was wiped out by a holding call on Kelechi Osemele, who left with a knee injury two plays later, and the second was a strike to Clyde Edwards-Helaire late in the half that was negated by Kelce’s offensive pass interference.
Carr looked like he was destined for another miserable day at Arrowhead Stadium with his early interception, but he came back with three first-half TD passes. The first was a 59-yard toss to Nelson Agholar, who simply split the Chiefs secondary, and the second to tight end Darren Waller in the back of the end zone.
When Henry Ruggs III hauled in a 72-yard throw for Carr’s third TD pass of the quarter, the Raiders had a 24-21 lead.
There wasn’t nearly the same amount of offense in the second half — especially out of Kansas City.
The Chiefs had to punt on their first three possessions, gaining just two first downs, and one of those on a penalty. That gave the Raiders a chance to pull ahead on Jacobs’ bullish 7-yard run with 14:14 to go, then make it a two-possession game when Carr hit Hunter Renfrow for 42 yards on third-and-18 to set up Carlson’s 43-yard field goal.
Jeff Heath intercepted Mahomes on fourth down a few minutes later, and Jacobs helped to seal the win for Las Vegas.
The Raiders placed DT Maurice Hurst on the COVID-19 list earlier this week, and the Chiefs reportedly had an assistant strength and conditioning coach test positive. But contact tracing was done within both organizations and there were no additional positive tests, allowing the game to be played as scheduled.
Las Vegas: WR Bryan Edwards (ankle and foot) and DT Maliek Collins (shoulder) were inactive. … FS Lamarcus Joyner hurt his hamstring on the opening play, Renfrow was shaken up returning a punt but remained in the game, and CB Keisean Nixon hurt his hip covering a punt early in the second half.
Kansas City: Along with injuries to Osemele and Watkins, LB Anthony Hitchens hurt his hand and was off the field in the fourth quarter, when the Chiefs were unable to stop the Las Vegas offense.
The Chiefs were supposed to visit the Bills on Thursday night but will instead play Oct. 19, giving Buffalo time to make up its game against Tennessee on Tuesday. Las Vegas is off before facing the Buccaneers on Oct. 25.
KICKOFF: Raiders expect WR Henry Ruggs III and OL Trent Brown to start today’s game. Raiders win the toss and defer to 2nd half. Raiders kickoff to Chiefs.
FIRST QUARTER: Daniel Carlson with a 38 yard field goal. RAIDERS 3, CHIEFS 0. FG was set up by 46 yard pass from Derek Carr to Henry Ruggs III. 6:45 left in first.
Chiefs Patrick Mahomes 3 yard TD run. CHIEFS 7, RAIDERS 3. 2:06 left in first.
SECOND QUARTER: Chiefs Tyreek Hill with a 10 yard TD run. CHIEFS 14, RAIDERS 3, 14 mins left in quarter.
Raiders strike with 59 yard TD pass, Derek Carr to Nelson Agholor. CHIEFS 14, RAIDERS 10. 11:48 left in 2nd.
Chiefs Patrick Mahomes 10 yard TD pass to Sammy Watkins. CHIEFS 21, RAIDERS 10. 9 mins left in quarter.
Raiders Derek Carr with a 5 yard TD pass to Darren Waller. CHIEFS 21, RAIDERS 17, 6:24 left in quarter.
Raiders Derek Carr with his 3rd TD pass of the game. 72 yards to Henry Ruggs III. Raiders 24, Chiefs 21 with 3 mins left in quarter.
Chiefs with a late field goal. RAIDERS 24, CHIEFS 24, HALFTIME
THIRD QUARTER: No scoring
FOUR QUARTER: Raiders Josh Jacobs with a 7 yard TD run. PAT missed. RAIDERS 30, CHIEFS 24. Early in quarter.
Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson with a 43 yard field goal. RAIDERS 33, CHIEFS 24 with 6:34 left in regulation.
Raiders Josh Jacobs with a short TD run following a Jeff Heath interception. RAIDERS 40, CHIEFS 24 with 45 mins left in game.
Chiefs Patrick Mahomes TD pass to Travis Kelce. 2 point conversion. RAIDERS 40, CHIEFS 32. 4:57 left in regulation.
Raiders hold on to win 40-32 over the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — When you are the defending world champions, you know you’re going to get every team’s best shot, but in Las Vegas, the Raiders all-time leader in passing touchdowns won’t catch anyone off-guard.
You may recall Raiders quarterback Derek Carr telling us during training camp that when he breaks the huddle, it just feels different.
The pieces are in place, thanks to general manager Mike Mayock. Now in week 5, some of those pieces are working their way back from injury, as Las Vegas has yet to play at full strength, both offensively and defensively.
But the Raiders are standing tall at 2-2, as they prepare to hit the road to take on the defending super bowl champion, Kansas City Chiefs, one of six NFL teams that remain undefeated this season.
Kansas city has won four straight AFC West division titles and has also started the season 4-0 for the fourth straight year — a first in NFL history.
Which leads us to a good old-fashioned AFC West showdown, but Carr said, don’t call it a rivalry until they pull off the upset. Carr is looking to lead his team to victory at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time in his career.
Head coach Jon Gruden was quick to point out how his quarterback is the biggest reason why the raiders have a chance at heading into bye week with arguably the biggest regular season “W” there is, on paper.
Gruden went on to detail how turnovers and lack of takeaways have been the deciding factors in their previous four matchups.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has not committed a turnover this season and is on pace for his highest quarterback rating and completion percentage of his career. The former league MVP and Super Bowl MVP is also coming off a Monday night win over the New England Patriots where he said that he didn’t execute at a high enough level, proving that a loaded stat line doesn’t always translate.
When you breakdown the film, a trend that you’ll see with the teams that legitimately go toe-to-toe with the chiefs is they don’t beat themselves. Las Vegas is focusing on the part of the game that’s in their control, eliminating those self-inflicted mistakes that the team addressed in back-to-back weeks. That continues to be the point of emphasis.