The Las Vegas Raiders headed into their Christmas Day Week 16 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs as heavy underdogs but managed to give Raiders’ fans a huge gift with the 20-14 road victory. That not only gives Las Vegas a win over its most-hated rival but also revives the team’s playoff hopes.
If the Raiders can win their final two games of the season against the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, and the Chiefs lose to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Chargers to round out the campaign, the Silver and Black will win the AFC West, per CBS Sports. Also, the Raiders are now just a game back from the log jam of 8-7 AFC Wild Card, injecting more life into their playoff hopes.
A big win like this brings a whirlwind of emotions as head coach Antonio Pierce expressed during his post-game interview seen below to begin our round-up of the press conferences and posts/tweets on X/Twitter.
Happy tears on Christmas for Antonio Pierce ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kwC7AOzyYd— NFL (@NFL) December 25, 2023
The relieving feeling on Pierce’s face below says it all
Tis the damn season for Raiders wins, guess the Chiefs will just have to shake this one off.
Running back Zamir White had 145 yards on 22 carries, but the offensive linemen are the real winners as they’ll be getting some new kicks.
Zamir White promised all his offensive linemen a pair of Jordan’s if he got over 100 yards. Just asked him if he’s happy to honor the gift: “Hell yes!!”— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) December 25, 2023
White’s run to seal the win was by far his best play in the NFL.
Maxx Crosby busted out the victory cigars again.
From Crosby’s Instagram live.
THEY PLAYING CHIEF KEEF IN THE RAIDERS LOCKERROOM pic.twitter.com/WOaNAaLUO1— Jordan ひ (@jordangloboy) December 25, 2023
Pierce addresses the team in the locker room and appropriately starts off his message with a loud: “RRRRAAAAIIIDDDERRRSSS!”
Jack Jones makes sure Patrick Mahomes knows who he is during his pick-six.
The Christmas edition of the victory plunge!
It’s time for the Christmas Day Victory Plunge ☠️ pic.twitter.com/rsBR8ZcFxi— James Ramey (@ABNRanger87) December 25, 2023
Happy holidays to all, except for Chiefs Kingdom!