On the first drive of the game, the Chiefs were experiencing a bad case of déjà vu. The Raiders took the ball first and drove for a touchdown, due in large part to Latavius Murray running for 50 yards and a touchdown on 5 carries. You'll recall Murray had his breakout game last year to give the Raiders their first win over the Chiefs. He ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 4 carries in that game.
But the Chiefs offense had no such issues as they answered with a touchdown drive of their own to tie it up at 7-7. That's where it would stay at the end of the first quarter.
To begin the second quarter, the Raiders defense came up with a big play of their own. Jeremy Maclin took a pass over the middle and fumbled it. Charles Woodson recovered it. The turnover was the Chiefs' first in five games. They won all five games.
Woodson wasn't done, either. Late in the second quarter, the Chiefs were driving. They were in field goal range and looking for more. Alex Smith hit a wide open Travis Kelce over the middle who picked up big yards. Woodson came over to help out with the tackle, and ripped the ball out of Kelce's grasp and returned it into Chiefs territory. Now suddenly the Chiefs went from looking to go up by three at half, to looking at a half time deficit.
That deficit turned out to be seven when in four plays, the Raiders went for a touchdown. The touchdown had Carr fit the ball in a tight window over the middle to Michael Crabtree who caught the ball between two defenders, took a hit and held on to give the Raiders a 14-7 halftime lead.
Once again, that lead wouldn't last long as the Chiefs took the second half opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 9 plays to tie it back up at 14-14.
The second half began just as the first half did. This time it was the Raiders answering the Chiefs touchdown drive with on one of their own. They went on a long drive that went 83 yards on 14 plays. Sebastian Janikowski missed the extra point to give the Raiders a 20-14 lead.
With the beginning of the fourth quarter, Derek Carr's day took a bad turn. Lined up at the Chiefs' 33-yard-line, he was under pressure and moved around the pocket looking for room to either scramble or find a receiver. He made an ill advised attempt at a short pass that was intercepted by Josh Mauga who had open field to run 31 yards to the 2-yard-line. The Chiefs were able to convert for the touchdown on a 1-yard Jeremy Maclin run off a backward pass.
A botched hold on the extra point attempt would keep the score tied at 20-20. The Raiders would get the ball and once again drive into Chiefs' territory, but Carr was once again picked off. This time on a long pass attempt on what appeared to be a miscommunication between him and Amari Cooper. That interception was returned 58 yards to the Oakland 13-yard-line, and the Chiefs again went to Maclin to convert for the touchdown.
The Chiefs would miss the extra point for a 26-20 lead.
Another Raiders drive would put set them up for a field goal late in the fourth quarter. But Sebastian Janikowski's 49-yard field goal attempt missed off the left upright (just like his missed extra point).
A three-and-out would give the Raiders the ball back with 4:37 left in the game, down one score. Their hopes were soon dashed when Derek Carr threw for Amari Cooper and the ball went off his hands and right into the hands of former Raider Tyvon Branch who returned it 38 yards for the score. The Chiefs converted on the 2-point conversion to go up 34-20 with 3:20 left.
And that would be all they needed as the Raiders let this one slip away after a promising start to the game and a half time lead.
The Raiders fall to 5-7 on the season while the Chiefs take their sixth straight to improve to 7-5.