Final

Raiders 23

(3-5, 1-3 away)

Chiefs 27

(5-3, 3-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 6, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 3 6 0 1423
KC 0 6 7 1427

Top Performers

Passing: T. Green (KC) - 235 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Johnson (KC) - 22 CAR, 107 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Gonzalez (KC) - 5 REC, 70 YDS

Johnson TD as time expires lifts Chiefs past Raiders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dick Vermeil was going to be the biggest fool or the shrewdest gambler in the NFL.

It was over when ...
The clock ran out. The Raiders had taken the lead behind two fourth-quarter TDs, but Larry Johnson's TD run as time expired gave the Chiefs the improbable win.
Game ball goes to ...
Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. DV could have settled for a field goal on K.C.'s final drive, which would have sent the game to overtime, but instead went for the touchdown -- and it paid off.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen This was a huge divisional game for the Chiefs and they won a tough game against a Raiders' team that has played excellent football as of late. Larry Johnson broke a big run at the end, but credit also must go to the coaching staff for making a gutsy call to go for the win. This team didn't wilt in the fourth quarter and regained their momentum at home.
-- Eric Allen

With five seconds left, Kansas City trailed by three and had the ball on the Oakland 1 and Vermeil faced one of the toughest decisions of his long coaching career.

Have placekicker Lawrence Tynes -- who's on a 13-for-13 streak -- kick a virtually automatic field goal and force overtime? Or roll the dice and go for the win?

Vermeil went for the TD. Behind center Casey Wiegmann and 10-time Pro Bowl right guard Will Shields, Larry Johnson dived over the pile into the end zone for a 27-23 victory that brought a roar from the sellout crowd and left the emotional head coach in tears.

"Wow! I was scared. I just figured I'm too old to wait," said Vermeil, who recently turned 69. "If we had not made it, then you guys [reporters] would have had a lot of fun with that. It was not an impulsive thing. It was the right thing for us to do."

The sixth straight victory for the Chiefs (5-3) over the Raiders (3-5) kept them one game behind Denver in the AFC West and dealt Oakland a painful loss.

"This is about as bitter a defeat as you could have," said Oakland quarterback Kerry Collins, whose two fourth-quarter touchdown passes put the Raiders on top. "It's tough. You fight your way back in a rough game and find a way to get ahead, and then it doesn't work out. That's about as tough as it gets."

Johnson and Trent Green made the sensational finish possible when Green hit the wide-open running back over the middle. He sped 36 yards before Nnamdi Asomugha and Stuart Schweigert ran him down at the 1.

"Down in the red zone, he put the ball in my hands," said Johnson, who has publicly complained that Vermeil does not give him enough carries. "I'm glad they gave me the opportunity."

Randy Moss, who hadn't caught a pass all day, beat Dewayne Washington in the corner of the end zone for a 7-yard reception with 1:45 left that gave the Raiders the lead.

Then Green, playing through the pain of his father's funeral just four days earlier, whipped the Chiefs 72 yards down the field.

Before going for it, Vermeil checked with his coaches and players.

"He was asking questions of everybody to see what everybody thought, what everybody's attitude was," said Green. "No matter how that play ended up, that's where you have to send a message on a football team and I think that was great on his part to have the confidence in us."

The Chiefs were missing their best running back (Priest Holmes), best offensive lineman (Willie Roaf) and best cornerback (Patrick Surtain), as well as two of their top backups in the secondary.

The Raiders were without two starters, defensive backs Charles Woodson and Derrick Gibson, and that could have made a difference in Kansas City's final drive.

Johnson, who had 107 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, scored on a 15-yard run for a 20-9 lead with 12:56 left.

But then the Oakland offense, shut down most of the day, came alive. Collins hit Jerry Porter with a 4-yard TD pass and Moss, hobbled most of the week in practice, caught his first pass. A run by LaMont Jordan converted the two-point play and put the Raiders on top 23-20.

"When we made the two-point conversion we went up by three. You thought at worst it would be overtime," said Oakland coach Norv Turner.

Green tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Tony Richardson for a 13-9 lead at the end of third quarter and, two plays later, Greg Wesley intercepted Collins' poorly thrown pass. The Chiefs took over on the Oakland 35.

Johnson broke Schweigert's attempted ankle tackle and went in from the 15.

Tynes and Sebastian Janikowski each kicked two field goals through a dull first half, and then Chris Carr's 62-yard kickoff return set up Janikowski for a third 3-pointer, from 48 yards, in the final seconds.

Tynes had made it 6-6 with a 47-yarder with 34 seconds left in the half.

Janikowski also had a 49-yarder in the second quarter.

Game notes


Six of the last seven Chiefs-Raiders games in Arrowhead have been decided in overtime or the last 25 seconds of regulation. The teams are 3-3 in those six games, but the last three have gone to the Chiefs. ... Shields appeared in his 200th consecutive game, all with the Chiefs and all but one as a starter. Only former kicker Nick Lowery (212 games) and longtime punter Jerrel Wilson (203) had more regular-season appearances for Kansas City. ... After most of the Raiders left the field following Johnson's game-winning touchdown, Collins took the safety position for the Chiefs' conversion kick.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OAK
KC
1st Downs2118
Passing 1st downs
1110
Rushing 1st downs
66
1st downs from penalties
42
3rd down efficiency
10-176-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6762
Total Yards263321
Yards per play3.95.2
Total Drives1412
Passing162207
Comp-Att
21-4022-35
Yards per pass
4.05.4
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-133-28
Rushing101114
Rushing Attempts
2624
Yards per rush
3.94.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-40-4
Penalties9-8411-87
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:5428:06

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins21/401754.4211-13
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green22/352356.7103-28

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jordan19934.9013
Gabriel155.005
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson221074.9215
Hall177.007

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Porter7689.7121
Gabriel33712.3019
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez57014.0033
Kennison56012.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROAKKC
oakFG8:58Sebastian Janikowski 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 0:44
30
SECOND QUARTEROAKKC
oakFG14:54Sebastian Janikowski 41 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 53 yds, 8:45
60
kcFG5:02Lawrence Tynes 19 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yds, 5:33
63
kcFG0:34Lawrence Tynes 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 61 yds, 2:27
66
oakFG0:09Sebastian Janikowski 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 3 plays, 3 yds, 0:11
96
THIRD QUARTEROAKKC
kcTD1:38Tony Richardson, 6 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds, 5:18
913
FOURTH QUARTEROAKKC
kcTD13:04Larry Johnson, 15 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 35 yds, 12:26
920
oakTD10:35Jerry Porter, 4 yd pass from Kerry Collins
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yds, 2:15
1520
oakTD1:50Randy Moss, 7 yd pass from Kerry Collins( run for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 15 plays, 84 yds, 6:17
2320
kcTD0:05Larry Johnson, 1 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 79 yds, 1:33
2327