Offensive Struggles Plague the Chiefs, Who Fall to Raiders, 15-0

Posted Dec 16, 2012

The Chiefs entered the Black Hole with high hopes but left Oakland in defeat, losing to the Raiders 15-0 on Sunday. Oakland’s defense and its kicker Sebastian Janikowski were too much for the Chiefs.

Both teams punted on their first two possessions, before the Raiders were able to put together an 11-play drive, which ended with a 20-yard FG by Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski. The made FG was a sign of things to come for the Raiders. 3-0 Oakland.

The score remained 3-0 into the second quarter, where the turnover bug struck the Chiefs. Facing a 3rd and 13 from their own 25-yard line, Chiefs QB Brady Quinn was intercepted by Raiders CB Joselio Hanson. Four plays later, Janikowski drilled his second field goal, this one from 50 yards out. 6-0 Oakland.

On the very next drive, what looked like a cathartic play for the Chiefs, a 42-yard gain by RB Jamaal Charles was called back because of holding. The drive ended with Dustin Colquitt’s 55-yard punt.

The Raiders took possession and moved the ball to Kansas City’s 33-yard line, where Janikowski missed a 51-yard FG.

The Chiefs then went three-and-out, giving the Raiders :56 seconds to play in the half. Janikowski ended the second quarter with his third FG, this one from 57 yards out, as time expired. OAK 9 KC 0 at halftime.

With the make, Janikowski moved into a tie for second place on the NFL’s all-time list in field goals of 50-or-more yards, increasing his career total to 42. He is now tied with John Kasay.

Later in the third quarter, the Chiefs began to move the ball. Kansas City entered the red zone for the first time all game, taking it to Oakland’s four-yard line. Facing a fourth and goal situation, with the play clock nearing zero, Quinn was pleading for the snap from C Ryan Lilja, but it came too late, delay of game against KC.

4th and goal from the nine-yard line and in shotgun formation, Quinn’s pass to Charles was good for just one yard, turnover on downs.

Janikowski added two more FGs, making it a 15-0 lead for the Raiders.

With just over ten minutes remaining in the game, Kansas City’s defense created a turnover. Chiefs LB Brandon Siler ripped the ball away from Raiders RB Darren McFadden and it was recovered by LB Justin Houston.

On third down, the Chiefs moved the ball six yards and faced a 4th and 12 from the 20-yard line, where Quinn’s pass was incomplete.

Kansas City regained possession of the ball with 4:51 to play in the game. The Chiefs were unable to put any points on the board. Oakland defeats the Chiefs 15-0.

Oakland is now 4-10, while Kansas City falls to 2-12. The Chiefs return to Arrowhead next week, where they will host the Indianapolis Colts.

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