The Oakland Raiders traveled to Kansas City on Sunday to take on the division-rival Chiefs looking to finish the ’15-’16 season with a non-losing record for just the third time since losing Super Bowl XXXVII. Future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson played the final game of his career in the same venue that hosted his first professional contest 18 years prior.
Kansas City took the opening drive of the game 80 yards in just over four minutes to start the scoring off at 7-0 after Alex Smith found Jeremy Maclin with a 25-yard strike. Smith was 4 of 5 for 65 yards on the drive.
After a Raiders punt, the Chiefs drove 87 yards in 12 plays to get on the board again. Alex Smith found Chris Conley for 16 yards, bringing the Chiefs to the Oakland 21-yard line. On the next play Jeremy Maclin took an end around 18 yards to the Oakland 3-yard line before Spencer Ware put the Chiefs up 14-0 after the extra point.
On the next drive Derek Carr found rookie Clive Walford with a 19-yard strike to bring the Raiders into the red zone before the drive stalled and Sebastian Janikowski tacked on a 29-yard field goal to get the Raiders on the board at 14-3.
Just before the half T.J. Carrie picked off Alex Smith near midfield before Derek Carr handed the ball right back to Kansas City with an interception of his own, but one play later David Amerson picked off Alex Smith and returned the interception for six points, getting the Raiders back in the game at 14-10 after a Janikowski extra point.
Kansas City blocked a Marquette King punt out of the back of the end zone with 9:04 to go in the 3rd quarter for a safety, building their lead to 16-10.
Kansas City wet up 23-10 when Alex Smith found Demetrius Harris with a 15-yard strike after a spectacular catch by the tight end with 7:03 to go in the 3rd quarter.
Ben Heeney kept the Raiders in the game with a 3rd down sack with around a minute to go in the 3rd quarter.
Carr was sacked for a huge loss on second down to close out the 3rd quarter and effectively kill the Raiders next drive.
Carr found Seth Roberts for a first down on 3rd and long but Oakland’s drive stalled with a punt four plays later.
Kansas City then put their 10th straight win on ice with an 8-minute drive. The Chiefs connected on the field goal try before a holding call moved the attempt in the wrong direction. A miss-communication on the ensuing attempt led to a fake field goal that was unsuccessful.
Oakland took over from their own 28-yard line with 3:15 to go in the game.
Carr hit Michael Crabtree with a 31-yard touchdown strike to give the Raiders one last chance at 23-17, but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful.
Oakland then forced a Chiefs punt with 1:40 to go and no timeouts to keep their hopes of an 8-8 season alive, but the Raiders could do nothing with the opportunity and finished the season at 7-9.
Carr finished the game completing 21 of 33 passes for 194 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Latavius Murray had 11 carries for only 31 yards.
Rookie Clive Walford paced the Raiders with 4 receptions for 46 yards. Crabtree had 3 for 34, Murray caught 4 passes for 25 yards, Roy Helu Jr. had 2 receptions for 23 yards, while Seth Roberts and Amari Cooper each recorded 20 receiving yards.
Shelby Harris recorded the Raiders only sack, while T.J. Carrie and David Amerson each recorded an interception.