Final

Raiders 27

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Chiefs 24

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 9, 2001

 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 6 0 8 1327
KC 7 7 3 724

Top Performers

Passing: R. Gannon (OAK) - 341 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Wheatley (OAK) - 14 CAR, 49 YDS

Receiving: T. Brown (OAK) - 8 REC, 133 YDS, 1 TD

Janikowski delivers after Raider errors

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

Sebastian Janikowski, right, drilled four field goals, including the game-winner in the final seconds.

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.

VINNY CERRATO'S ANALYSIS
Question on the Raiders: What message did the Raiders send to the rest of the AFC West?
Cerrato: That they can win on the road, that they can win in a tough environment and that they can come back when they're down. They made a loud statement that they can go on the road and win in a place where they normally don't win.

Question on the Chiefs: Where was the explosiveness of the Chiefs' offense?
Cerrato: You only saw it in Tony Gonzalez. Coming into the game, Derrick Alexander was a little nicked with the Achilles. Snoop Minnis was a rookie, and there was no running game. So they were counting on the passing game, and you can't do it with just the tight end.

Vinny Cerrato, ESPN.com's NFL analyst, has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

"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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