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Janikowski delivers after Raider errors

9/9/2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Even when he makes mistakes, Rich Gannon
finds a way to beat the team that labeled him a career backup.

Gannon rallied Oakland for 10 points in the final 3:10 Sunday,
including Sebastian Janikowski's 31-yard field goal with 15 seconds
to go in the Raiders' 27-24 victory.

"He always does that," said Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez.
"That's his style."

Gannon overcame two fumbles and an interception that was
returned for a touchdown to improve his record to 4-1 against the
Chiefs since leaving Kansas City to join the Raiders.

"Unbelievable," Oakland coach Jon Gruden said. "The guy
showed great resolve and great command in one difficult place to
play, especially when you're behind."

Gannon's first pass to new Oakland teammate Jerry Rice was
intercepted by Eric Warfield, who returned it 51 yards for a
touchdown. But in true Gannon style, he kept scrambling out of
trouble and made big plays when big plays were needed.

"It was disappointing to me that we put the ball on the ground
so many times," said Gannon, who was 31-of-46 for 341 yards. He
was also sacked twice and harried almost all day.

"This isn't very typical for us. Whenever we turn the ball over
like that, especially against a well-coached defense, when we put
the ball on the ground twice in the red zone, we don't usually
win."

Gannon gave the Raiders a 24-17 lead with 3:10 left on a 15-yard
TD pass to Jon Ritchie.

Then, after Trent Green's 30-yard touchdown pass to Marvin
Minnnis tied it at 24, Gannon's 31-yard pass to Tim Brown set up
Janikowski's fourth field goal.

"It doesn't matter what happens early on," Chiefs cornerback
Ray Crockett said. "We got him to make some turnovers and costly
mistakes. But the guy made plays when it counted."

It was not a game the NFL will use to brag about replacement
refs. Several times there was confusion, and a controversial
reversal near the end of the first half might have cost the
Raiders.

"All in all, I felt they did everything they could to manage
the game," Oakland coach Jon Gruden said. "No matter who
officiates the game there's going to be people who make second
guesses."

The outcome spoiled the Kansas City debut of coach Dick Vermeil,
whose offense converted only two of 12 third downs.

"Either we were bad on third-down conversions or they were
very, very good," Vermeil said.

With Oakland down 17-6, Gannon connected with Brown on a deep
sideline pattern late in the third that went for a 33-yard scoring
play.

Gannon then sidestepped his way into the end zone for a 2-point
conversion to make it 17-14.

Rice, the former San Francisco All-Pro, started slowly, but made
eight catches for 87 yards.

Green's first pass for the Chiefs was to himself when it was
batted back to him from the line. He was 16-of-37 for 222 yards and
twice turned the ball over on fumbled center snaps.

"It's a thing where you could point fingers and blame a number
of things," he said. "We can't have fumbled snaps. It's not fair
to point fingers at any one thing."

Janikowski's 36-yard field goal -- after Rice dropped a
third-down pass in the corner of the end zone -- tied it at 17 with
9:35 left. Two minutes later, Kansas City's Todd Peterson was wide
left on a 37-yard attempt.

"The offense and defense were playing their hearts out,"
Peterson said. "You never want to miss, but when you miss in that
situation, that's pretty tough."

Late in the first half, Charlie Garner made a great catch near
the sideline as Jerome Woods slammed him out of bounds on a play
that was first ruled a 27-yard gain.

But the call was reversed upon review when referee Randall
Beesley decided the tackle did not cause both of Garner's feet to
go out of bounds. A subsequent unsportsmanlike penalty on Brown
resulted in the Raiders having third-and-17 from their own 46
instead of first-and-10 from the Kansas City 12.

The first of Kansas City's two fumbled center snaps led to
Janikowski's 43-yard field goal. Then Janikowski's 42-yarder,
following Dan Stryzinski's team-record 76-yard punt, made it 7-6.

Tony Richardson's 3-yard touchdown run gave the Chiefs a 14-6
lead before Peterson made it 17-6 with a 31-yarder.

Game notes
Oakland's last three wins at Arrowhead have been by a late
field goal. Janikowski hit a 43-yarder with 25 seconds left to beat
Kansas City 20-17, and in 1999, Joe Nedney kicked a 33-yarder in
overtime for a 41-38 Raiders win. ... Vermeil is the first Kansas
City coach to lose his regular-season home debut since Marv Levy in
1978, in a 20-17 loss to Houston. ... Before Warfield's pickoff,
Gannon had thrown 104 straight passes against the Chiefs without an
interception. ... Warfield's 51-yard interception return for a
touchdown extended Kansas City's streak of seasons with a defensive
TD to 13. ... With five catches for 81 yards, Gonzalez passed Fred
Arbanas for most receiving yards by a Chiefs tight end. Gonzalez
has 3,122 receiving yards; Arbanas had 3,101 from 1962-70. ...
Richardson's 47-yard catch was the longest of his career.

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