Chiefs get best of Raiders for ninth straight time

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- This game looked just like the meetings
the previous two seasons between Kansas City and Oakland. Except
that Priest Holmes was on the field.

Another close game that wasn't decided until the final minutes
ended in the Chiefs' favor Sunday. Larry Johnson scored the
go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter and
Jarrad Page had another clinching interception in the final minute
to seal Kansas City's ninth straight win over the Raiders, 12-10.

It marked Holmes' return from a two-year absence from a neck

Kansas City (4-3) now has the longest winning streak ever
against the Raiders (2-4), breaking a tie with San Diego. But eight
of the wins have been by seven points or fewer as the Chiefs once
again came up with the one big play down the stretch.

"You knew it would come down to this," Kansas City tight end
Tony Gonzalez said. "It's usually decided on the last play of the
game. It doesn't matter what the records are or what time of year
it is. I'm happy we came out on top. Jarrad Page to the rescue

Page, an Oakland native and Buccaneers fan who grew up cheering
against the Raiders, also ended a comeback attempt by his hometown
team a year ago when he intercepted a pass in the end zone from
Aaron Brooks in the final minute of a 17-13 win.

His interception of Daunte Culpepper's throw with 35 seconds
left gave the Chiefs their fourth win in five games, sending them
into their bye week in sole possession of first place in the AFC

"We're at the top of the division, so we're in a good
position," Page said. "I don't think our record is what we
expected it to be, but we're in first place, and that's what

The latest win was far from pretty. Kansas City gained 112 of
its 290 yards on two big plays in the second half.

"We got the W and we made enough plays at the end of the game
to win it," said quarterback Damon Huard, who was 16-for-31 for
177 yards and an interceptions. "Certainly I don't feel good about
it. As an offense we made too many mistakes."

Holmes, Kansas City's career leader in yards rushing and
touchdowns, was activated this week for the first time since
suffering a neck injury on a vicious hit from San Diego's Shawne
Merriman on Oct. 30, 2005.

Holmes entered the game on the third play of Kansas City's third
drive. He caught a screen pass from Huard, but was tackled by
Nnamdi Asomugha for a 6-yard loss. Holmes had no other catches and
rushed four times for 9 yards, gaining a key first down with under
3 minutes left and Kansas City protecting the 12-10 lead.

"I had imagined this in my mind. Once I decided to come back on
July 29, this was all a part of it," Holmes said. "What I love to
do is run the ball, so I'm looking forward to doing that a little
more. But if I have to be a decoy, if I have to help out in
whatever role they need me to play, I'm excited about that."

Both teams struggled offensively before the game opened up with
a few big plays in the second half. Johnson, bottled up early, had
a season-long 54-yard run midway through the third quarter. Kansas
City couldn't capitalize when Dave Rayner missed a 30-yard field
goal that would have put the Chiefs up 9-0. Rayner made two field
goals in the first half.

The Raiders immediately seized the momentum, with Culpepper
hitting Jerry Porter on a 59-yard pass on the next play. Culpepper
followed with a 21-yard scoring strike to Ronald Curry, who had dropped
three passes earlier in the game, to give Oakland a 7-6 lead. The
Raiders had gained only 102 yards before getting 80 on the
back-to-back plays.

Early in the fourth quarter, Huard eluded the rush from Warren
Sapp on a third-and-10 and flung the ball downfield before Kirk Morrison could hit him. Dwayne Bowe beat Asomugha for the 58-yard
catch to the Oakland 16, setting up Johnson's go-ahead score that
made it 12-7. Johnson finished with 112 yards on 24 carries.

The Raiders answered with a 37-yard field goal by Sebastian
Janikowski with 5:49 left to cut it to 12-10, but couldn't score on
their final drive. Culpepper completed three straight passes to
move the ball to the 44 before his interception.

"I wish I could have that back, but I can't, so I've just got
to learn from that," he said. "I thought we could go down and win
the game."

Culpepper was 18-for-29 for 228 yards, while LaMont Jordan was
held to 29 yards on 11 carries as Oakland's running game had
problems for a second straight week.

"As bad as our offensive performance was, with our defense
playing the way it did and not turning the ball over we had a
chance to win," coach Lane Kiffin said.

Game notes
Johnson has scored Kansas City's last 35 TDs rushing since
Holmes scored Oct. 21, 2005, against Miami. ... Kansas City DE
Jared Allen had two sacks, giving him eight in five games this
season. ... Kiffin opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 17
midway through the second quarter, but Jordan was stuffed by Page
for no gain.


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