<
>

Andersen kicks game-winner in final seconds

11/23/2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It's a special thrill that never gets
old no matter how many times Morten Andersen does it.

Question on the Raiders: Why did Callahan wait so long to utilize his rushing attack?
Last season this team rode their passing attack to the Super Bowl and returned this season with essentially the same personnel. I'm sure it was difficult for Callahan to realize it was time to switch because he's so close to the situation.

Question on the Chiefs: How concerned should the Chiefs be with their run defense (166 rushing yards allowed today)?
They have to be extremely concerned because every team in the league has the blueprint to defeat them. The Chiefs have to jump out early and force opposing teams to abandon the run so their pass defense can force mistakes.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Andersen kicked the 31st game-winning field goal of his career
Sunday, a 35-yarder that barely cleared the crossbar with four
seconds left to give Kansas City a 27-24 victory over Oakland.

"It is truly an adrenaline rush," said Andersen, at 43 the
second-oldest player in the NFL. "I think it's 31 now for me in 22
years. When you get them, it's special and it's a rush. It's like
no other rush of adrenaline you can have."

A boneheaded blunder by Oakland's Phillip Buchanon and a great
play by Chiefs quarterback Trent Green set the stage for Andersen's
500th regular-season field goal, which kept the Chiefs (10-1) one
game ahead in the race for home-field advantage in the AFC
playoffs. The Chiefs also can clinch the AFC West title next week
if they beat San Diego, and Denver loses to Oakland.

Buchanon returned Jason Baker's punt 27 yards deep into Chiefs
territory with about four minutes to go, but then ripped off his
helmet and ran toward the stands. Out came the penalty flag for
unsportsmanlike conduct, pushing the Raiders (3-8) back 15 yards to
the Kansas City 41.

When their drive stalled, Sebastian Janikowski kicked a
41-yarder for a 24-24 tie with 2:18 left.

Then Green brought the Chiefs back down field and on
fourth-and-14 hit Marc Boerigter -- who was being covered by
Buchanon -- for 16 yards.

"What a play by Trent," Andersen said. "If he doesn't make
that play, we're probably in overtime."

The Chiefs were almost laughing at Buchanon.

"I must say we needed that one," said R-Kal Truluck, who had
one of the Chiefs' three sacks of Rick Mirer. "They get (a
touchdown) there, it makes it rough. Fortunately, that 15-yard
penalty made a difference."

Buchanon was smiling when he met briefly with reporters.

"It was a tough game to lose," Buchanon said. "I didn't do
enough for us to win. That's how it happens."

But Jim Otto, the Hall of Fame center who is now Oakland's
director of special projects, was overheard in the locker room
repeatedly calling Buchanon's action "stupid."

"The guy can't make a tackle. Can't play defense," Otto said.

Oakland coach Bill Callahan noted that Buchanon is a second-year
pro.

"I think he's learning, and these are hard lessons to learn,"
Callahan said. "You can't do the things you've normally done in
college when you come in here."

After Andersen's 42-yard field goal gave the Chiefs a 24-14
lead, Jerry Rice caught a milestone TD pass to make it 24-21.

Mirer, under pressure, snapped a pass over the middle and Rice
caught it about the 20, beating Eric Warfield and speeding into the
end zone with reception No. 1,500 and TD catch No. 193, both NFL
records.

The Raiders, who have lost eight players to season-ending
injuries, got their first two touchdowns on Mirer's 13-yard run and
a tackle-busting 15-yard run by Tyrone Wheatley that made it 21-14
in the third.

Green answered Mirer's TD by completing five straight passes in
a six-play, 69-yard drive, flipping a 1-yard TD pass to Jason Dunn
with 22 seconds left in the half.

On the Chiefs' second possession of the game, Priest Holmes took
a pass in the right flat and went 36 yards to the 25. Then Derrick
Blaylock took a wide pitch on the next play and sped into the end
zone.

After stopping the Raiders on fourth down, the Chiefs marched 68
yards to take a 14-0 lead on Holmes' 2-yard run. Holmes, who leads
the NFL with 15 TDs rushing, had 91 yards rushing and 100 yards
receiving. He went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the third
straight year.

Oakland safety Derrick Gibson was carefully loaded onto a
stretcher and removed from the field in the second quarter. The
Raiders later said tests were negative and an MRI was scheduled. He
had feeling and movement in all his arms and legs.

The Raiders called a timeout as Andersen prepared to kick,
playing right into his hands.

"The timeout afforded me extra time to pick out a target in the
stands," he said. "It helps me. I keep telling them that and they
keep calling it."

Game notes
The victory tied the Chiefs' record of 11 straight home
wins -- a streak that started with last year's win over Oakland. ...
Linebacker Mike Maslowski, nursing an assortment of injuries,
became the first Kansas City starter to miss a game this season.
... Tim Brown had seven catches for 50 yards and needs only 44
receptions to pass Cris Carter into second place on the NFL's
career list.

Comments

ESPN Fan Shop Powered By

  • Antigua Men's Oakland Raiders Pique Xtra-Lite Black PoloPrice: $39.99 Shop

  • Nike Toddler Home Game Jersey Kansas City Chiefs Jamaal Charles #25Shop

NFL News