The Chiefs’ mastery over the Oakland Raiders finally came to an end Sunday.
And so did whatever chances the Chiefs may have had to win the mediocre AFC West.
The Raiders snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Chiefs with a 20-17 victory over Kansas City in front of a disappointed 76,210 fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Chiefs, 4-7, including three in a row at home. Oakland, 3-8, ended a six-game losing streak.
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The Chiefs were in position to take a 20-13 lead with 10 minutes, 51 seconds to play, but kicker Dave Rayner missed a 33-yard field goal _ his third miss in five attempts dating to last week.
The Raiders responded with a quick touchdown for the game-winning points. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper hit tight end Zach Miller for 28 yards and wide receiver Jerry Porter for 35 yards to the Chiefs 14 from where running back Justin Fargas scored.
The loss spoiled rookie running back Kolby Smith’s first NFL start. Smith, starting for injured Larry Johnson and retired Priest Holmes, rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith’s second touchdown of the game gave the Chiefs a 17-13 lead with 43 seconds left in the third quarter. The Chiefs drove 63 yards and were aided by a personal foul by Oakland’s Jay Richardson, who hit quarterback Brodie Croyle when they were out of bounds.
Croyle overcame a couple of sacks on the drive and hit tight end Tony Gonzalez for a key 22-yard gain and wide receiver Samie Parker for nine. Smith did the rest, pounding the Raiders line for four yards and scored on the 5-yarder by blasting up the middle.
Oakland took a 13-10 lead on LaMont Jordan’s 5-yard run with 6:04 to play in the third quarter. The key plays were a 25-yard pass from Daunte Culpepper to Jerry Porter, who kept his feet down as he was shoved out of bounds by safety Greg Wesley, and a 10-yard run on a reverse by Tim Dwight.
The Chiefs held a 10-6 halftime lead after Dave Rayner made a 30-yard field goal with 5:30 left in the second quarter. Rayner’s kick followed a 54-yarder by the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski.
The Chiefs took a 7-3 lead on Smith’s 10-yard run with 6:02 to play in the first quarter. Smith was the key player on a 69-yard drive. He rushed seven times for 61 yards, including a burst of 19 yards behind left tackle Damion McIntosh on a fourth-and-1 from the Oakland 47 and a 16-yard dash when he started up the middle, bounced to the left, taking out safety Hiram Eugene.
The touchdown ended a string of 36 straight rushing touchdown runs by Larry Johnson, a span of 36 straight games. And Smith’s touchdown was the first rushing touchdown by someone other than Johnson or Priest Holmes in 45 games, or since Derrick Blaylock scored at Tennessee in 2004.
Croyle’s first pass of the game, intended for Dwayne Bowe, was intercepted by Raiders safety Michael Huff, who returned it to the Chiefs’ 26.
The Chiefs defense stiffened, holding Oakland to a 25-yard field by Sebastian Janikowski that gave the Raiders a 3-0 lead with 11:02 to play in the first period.