As we all attempt to process what just happened in the final two minutes of the Las Vegas Raiders’ first home game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, here’s my instant review of the action before the clock ticked down to zero.
In case you missed it, the Raiders lost to the visiting Chiefs 35-31.
Patrick Mahomes did Patrick Mahomes things, driving the Chiefs down the field easily to win the game in the final seconds. That last drive was too easy.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hit tight end Jason Witten on third and goal to give the Raiders the lead with 1:43 to go.
The Chiefs won the coin flip and deferred. The Raiders went down the field and scored a touchdown with two big pass plays from Derek Carr — to tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Nelson Agholor — to set up the score.
Carl Nassib started for Clelin Ferrell at defensive end and Nevin Lawson played for slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner.
On their first drive, the Chiefs went 85 yards on 14 plays and took seven minutes, 24 seconds off the clock.
Las Vegas took a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter after another brilliant drive, capped by a touchdown pass from Carr to Agholor.
Chiefs answer again:
What a first half this was. Four Las Vegas defensive penalties on the drive helped the Chiefs even the game at 14-14.
Raiders benched penalized:
The Raiders thought there should have been a PI call on the Chiefs in the end zone. They didn’t like it and the Raiders’ sideline let the officials know it. That’s not a great idea in an empty stadium. The Raiders were called for unsportsmanlike conduct and had to settle for a field goal to take a 17-14 lead.
Great end of half: Trayvon Mullen picked off Mahomes near the goal line in the final seconds to keep the Raiders up 17-14 at halftime. Mahomes’ only interceptions this season have come against the Raiders.