Chiefs hold off Raiders to take first place in AFC West

By Brandon Schlager 9 December 2016 327
Chiefs hold off Raiders to take first place in AFC West

Oakland Raiders' second-half magic appeared to run out as the Kansas City Chiefs came away with a 21-13 win to take over first place in the NFL's AFC West. 

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for 202 yards (11 of 16) and a touchdown in the first half, but the offense failed to score after half-time.

Kansas City committed turnovers on consecutive drives to start the second half, including a Smith interception on the first play from scrimmage, setting the table for another Raiders comeback attempt. But for the first time this season quarterback Derek Carr's heroics fell short, as Oakland's drives failed to produce points.

On Oakland's final possession, a 13-play, 66-yard drive sputtered at the Chiefs' 19-yard line as a Carr pass fell harmlessly to the turf on fourth-and-six.

Carr, who entered with a 13-to-0 touchdown-interception ratio while trailing in the second half this season, finished with 117 passing yards, the second fewest of his career. He was 0-for-7 on passes thrown 15 yards or more downfield.

Smith wrapped up with 264 yards on 17 of 26 passing as Kansas City made it eight wins from their last nine games.



Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill brought the electricity to Arrowhead Stadium when he turned on the afterburners for a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown, his second of the game, to put Kansas City ahead 21-3 in the second quarter. 



Hill, a rookie fifth-round pick, is the first Chiefs player to score touchdowns on a reception and punt return in the same game since Dante Hall in 2006. In Week 12, also played in primetime, he recorded all three touchdowns in a Chiefs victory.



"We've been openly talking Super Bowl since the season ended last year. Our team has the mindset, we have the pieces. It's just going out there and executing." Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce on the team's confidence. Kelce made five catches for 101 yards, his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving effort. 



Kansas City (10-3) takes over in first place in the AFC West by virtue of its Week 6 win over Oakland, sweeping the season series. More importantly, there becomes the possibility for a three-way tie atop the conference should the banged-up Patriots (10-2) lose this weekend. New England would take the No. 1 seed from the Raiders with a win.

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