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Game Recap: Chiefs Defeat Raiders, 21-13, Take Hold of First Place in the AFC West

Tyreek Hill led the team with two touchdowns in the first half

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders, 21-13, at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday Night Football, taking hold of first place in the AFC West division.

Tyreek Hill was the story of the game for the Chiefs, as he scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to help Kansas City score 21 straight points, including a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown. Hill also became the first player in the Super Bowl era to score a touchdown rushing, touchdown receiving, kickoff return touchdown and a punt return touchdown.

Alex Smith was 17 of 26 for 264 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Chiefs defense held Derek Carr to just 117 yards passing.

The Raiders offense went three-and-out on their first possession, but on their punt to the Chiefs, Hill fumbled the football. Oakland linebacker James Cowser jumped on it, giving the ball right back to the Raiders with good field position at the Chiefs 38-yard line.

They Raiders took a 3-0 lead with a 44-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.

The Chiefs struck back at the beginning of the second quarter, when facing second-and-10 at the Oakland 36-yard line. Hill ran a beautiful post route, and Smith hit him in perfect stride for the touchdown and 7-3 lead.

After another Raiders three-and-out, the Chiefs started their next drive at the 22-yard line. Smith hit tight end Travis Kelce for a gain of 28 and wide receiver Chris Conley for a gain of 31 yards to get the Chiefs in Oakland territory. At the Oakland 20-yard line, Smith found Hill for a gain of 16 yards, and two plays later, RB Charcandrick West ran it in for the 3-yard touchdown and 14-3 lead.

The next Raiders drive stalled, and Oakland punted it to Hill, who took it back 78 yards for a touchdown and 21-3 lead.

The Raiders' ensuing possession began at the 8-yard line with a little more than six minutes left in the second quarter. In 13 plays, Carr worked the Oakland offense down the field, and a defensive pass interference penalty on Terrance Mitchell brought the Raiders to the Chiefs goal line. From there, RB Latavius Murray ran it in for the touchdown, cutting the lead to 21-10 Chiefs at the half.

The Chiefs started the third quarter with the ball and on the half's second play, Smith was intercepted by T.J. Carrie. Janikowski hit a 33-yard field goal off the turnover to cut the Chiefs' lead to 21-13.

On the next drive, Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack sacked Smith, causing him to fumble, and the Raiders recovered the football. Oakland would get into field goal position, but a botched hold by punter Marquette King thwarted the try.

The fumbled field goal began a streak of nine scoreless possessions, and the Raiders had one final chance near the end of the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs pushed the Raiders to fourth-and-4 at the Kansas City 36-yard line, and trailing late, the Raiders opted to go for it. Carr hit Seth Roberts for 13 yards and a first down at the 23.

The next play on first down was an incomplete pass, and then Richard ran it up the middle for 9 yards, making it third-and-9. On third down, Marcus Peters broke up a pass to WR Andre Holmes in the end zone. On fourth-and-1, the Raiders took a false start, and then on fourth-and-6, Carr threw an incomplete pass intended for Roberts.

The Chiefs ran out the clock for the win.


Kelce finished with five receptions for 101 yards, marking his fourth consecutive game with a 100-plus-yardage output. Spencer Ware rushed 20 times for 56 yards.

Ramik Wilson led the Chiefs with eight tackles, and Justin Houston and Rakeem Nunez-Roches split a sack.

Derrick Johnson left the game late in the second quarter and was quickly ruled out for its remainder with an Achilles injury.

Kansas City hosts the Tennessee Titans next Sunday, December 18, at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. CT. 

Photos from the Chiefs Thursday Night Football matchup against the Raiders

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