After Thursday night's loss to the Oakland Raiders and for the first time in more than 730 days, the Kansas City Chiefs experienced what it's like to lose back-to-back games. It's a span that goes back to the early part of the 2015 season—spanning 33 regular-season games.
And it was a game on Thursday night that had a little bit of everything.
There were eight lead changes with more than 900 yards of offense combined between the two teams, and it displayed every bit of the emotion that's made this one of sports' greatest rivalries over the past five decades.
In the end, Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr found receiver Michael Crabtree in the front corner of the end zone for a game-winning touchdown on the third untimed down on the last drive of the game, and the Chiefs came out on the wrong end of this highly-emotional game.
"It was a wild finish, probably the wildest finish I've had in my 13 years here with the Chiefs," veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson said after the game. "But no excuses—we take a lot of passion and a lot of pride in taking the ball away or stopping an opponent when we need a play. We lacked at that going down on the last drive.
"Even though we're 5-2—a good record in the NFL, this one hurts, this one hurts."
"I mean multiple times you're thinking, we lost it, we won it, we lost it, we won it," quarterback Alex Smith added.
"It's a great rivalry. It's what sports is about and it's what football is about. To come down in the end like that, if you're on the other end it's not fun, but that is what this is about and hats off to them. They're a good football team."
The Raiders got the ball back with a little more than two minutes left in the game and trailed by a score of 30-24, but they'd march 85 yards on 11 plays, and with the help of a couple of Chiefs' penalties, they kept getting chances.
The Chiefs were called for two defensive penalties in the end zone on passes that both fell incomplete, but the game would be extended for another untimed down each time, and the Raiders eventually made the play.
"We've got to finish that last part of the game," Chiefs coach Andy Reid explained after the game. "We've all got a piece of this thing. It's against a rival here, obviously, so it's even a little tougher but our guys will bounce back. They'll get a little rest here and come back stronger for the next one."
After the game, Reid was asked about the officiating, including specifically about a non-offensive pass interference call earlier in the game on a long touchdown pass from Carr to Amari Cooper, who finished with a career-high 11 catches for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
"I'm not pointing at the officials," Reid explained. "You don't ever want it to come down to that type of thing. You don't ever want that. That's what it is, but we have no excuses on that. We've got to play better, coach better and everything."
"I hate seeing all the flags at the end," Smith added. "I think that's the one thing, you want to let your guys play and you don't want the refs involved as much as possible."
Photos from the Chiefs Week 7 matchup against the Raiders
The Chiefs will have some extra time to bounce back after this one as their next game is at home on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos, who currently sit at second place in the AFC West division (3-2) with a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers (2-4).
"It's not what happens to you, it's how you respond," Johnson noted. "We've got to go back to the drawing board. Losing two, we haven't done that in a while around here."