Quarterback Patrick Mahomes’s 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce with 28 seconds remaining won it for the Chiefs. Safety Daniel Sorensen’s interception with 19 seconds left sealed the outcome.

“It’s like my dad told me growing up: Players make plays,” Mahomes told NBC afterward. “I thought we have a lot of players on this team. And guys stepped up and made some plays at crucial times. That’s a helluva football team. But we had to show them why it runs through Kansas City when you talk about that AFC West.”

The Chiefs improved to 9-1, staying on the heels of the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers for the top seed in the AFC playoffs. They extended their AFC West lead to three games over the Raiders, who fell to 6-4. The Chiefs still must face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints on the road. So they could ill afford another misstep against the Raiders.

“You never want to lose to the same team twice,” Mahomes said. “They beat us in Kansas City. We had to find a way to win this game. Like I said, that’s a helluva football team. But now we’re on to Tampa Bay and I’m excited for that matchup as well.”

The Chiefs had raised the issue last week of the Raiders’ team bus taking a victory lap around Arrowhead Stadium following the teams’ previous meeting. Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said such a celebration is “not our style.” Meanwhile, the Raiders had a significant number of their defensive players miss practice time after being placed on five-day quarantines as high-risk close contacts to defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Raiders nearly upset the Chiefs again anyway. But they couldn’t quite pull it off. Reid’s career record improved to 19-3 in games immediately following a bye week.

Rookie tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire had two of the Chiefs’ three rushing touchdowns, and Le’Veon Bell provided the other. Mahomes had an earlier touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill and connected on 34 of 45 passes for 348 yards. He also threw only his second interception of the season, both of which have come against the Raiders.

Hill had 11 catches for 102 yards. Kelce had eight catches for 127 yards and got open for Mahomes on the game-winning play.

“It’s just someone that has put in the time, put in the work and is a special football player,” Mahomes said. “He just continues to battle the entire game. He’s the best tight end in the game and I’m glad he’s on my team.”

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 275 yards. He threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Nelson Agholor and tight ends Darren Waller and Jason Witten. Tailback Josh Jacobs added a touchdown run.

“I felt like we were running it efficiently,” Carr said in a postgame video news conference. “I felt like we were hitting some big plays again in the passing game. But we didn’t win. It just wasn’t enough.”

Carr’s one-yard touchdown pass to Witten gave the Raiders a 31-28 lead. But the Raiders left 1:43 on the clock for Mahomes and the Chiefs.

And they didn’t need nearly that long.

“I don’t believe in moral victories,” Witten said. “I really don’t. I think this team, where it’s at, it’s the third year of the program. We really feel like we can play with anybody. That’s the type of team we expect to have…. It’s not, ‘Oh, man, we were close.’ That’s not the mentality in there. It’s disappointment…. These are the games that you’ve earned [the right] to play in. Now you’ve got to find ways to win them.”

The Raiders remain in the thick of the AFC playoff chase in their first season in Vegas and the third season of Jon Gruden’s return to coaching. But they couldn’t quite eke out a second win this season over the defending champs.

“It’s exciting where we’re headed,” Carr said. “It’s showing in little glimpses here…. We’re on our way and it’s exciting. I’m excited. But today it just wasn’t enough. It’s so unfortunate.”

November 22, 2020 at 11:34 PM EST

Patrick Mahomes’s late touchdown pass to Travis Kelce allows Chiefs to edge Raiders

By Mark Maske

The Kansas City Chiefs, once more, had their struggles in dealing with the Las Vegas Raiders. But they kept the Raiders from getting in the way of their plans for a second straight Super Bowl title.

The Chiefs avenged their only loss of the season by beating the Raiders, 35-31, Sunday night in Vegas.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes’s 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce with 28 seconds remaining won it for the Chiefs. Safety Daniel Sorensen’s interception with 19 seconds left sealed the outcome.

The Chiefs improved their record to 9-1, staying on the heels of the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers for the top seed in the AFC playoffs. They extended their AFC West lead to three games over the Raiders, who fell to 6-4. The Chiefs still must face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints on the road. So they could ill afford another misstep against the Raiders.

The Chiefs had raised the issue last week of the Raiders’ team bus taking a victory lap around Arrowhead Stadium following the teams’ previous meeting. Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said such a celebration is “not our style.” Meanwhile, the Raiders had a significant number of their defensive players miss practice after being placed on five-day quarantines as high-risk close contacts to defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.

Rookie tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire had two of the Chiefs’ three rushing touchdowns. Le’Veon Bell provided the other. Mahomes had an earlier touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Mahomes connected on 34 of 45 passes for 348 yards. He also threw his second interception of the season, both of which have come against the Raiders.

Reid improved his career record to 19-3 in games immediately following a bye week.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 275 yards. He threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Nelson Agholor and tight ends Darren Waller and Jason Witten. Tailback Josh Jacobs added a touchdown run.

Carr’s one-yard touchdown pass to Witten gave the Raiders a 31-28 lead. But the Raiders left 1:43 on the clock for Mahomes and the Chiefs. And they didn’t need nearly that long. (Final score: Chiefs 35, Raiders 31)

November 22, 2020 at 11:20 PM EST

Derek Carr-to-Jason Witten touchdown gives Raiders the lead, but Patrick Mahomes has time

By Mark Maske

The Raiders have the lead again, thanks to a one-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to tight end Jason Witten on third and goal. The Kansas City defense aided the Raiders’ drive with a couple of key penalties, including a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone. Now it’s Patrick Mahomes’s turn. (Raiders 31, Chiefs 28, 1:43 left in the fourth quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 11:01 PM EST

Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown moves Chiefs back in front

By Mark Maske

Le’Veon Bell provided the Chiefs with their third rushing touchdown of the night. He scored from six yards out for his first touchdown of the season. The Chiefs have the lead back but might need a defensive stop to win. (Chiefs 28, Raiders 24, 5:54 left in the fourth quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 10:36 PM EST

Derek Carr throws touchdown pass to Darren Waller, Raiders back in front to open fourth quarter

By Mark Maske

It took quite awhile for the Vegas offense to get on the field in the second half, but the Raiders picked up right where they left off in the first half. They moved 75 yards in 11 plays, and Derek Carr threw a three-yard touchdown pass to wide-open tight end Darren Waller on the opening play of the fourth quarter. (Raiders 24, Chiefs 21, 14:54 left in the fourth quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 10:21 PM EST

Chiefs take lead on second rushing touchdown for Clyde Edwards-Helaire

By Mark Maske

The Chiefs held the ball for 16 plays to open the third quarter, took more than 8 1/2 minutes off the clock and took the lead on a 14-yard touchdown run by rookie tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire. It was the second rushing touchdown of the night for Edwards-Helaire. The Raiders squandered a timeout with an ill-advised instant replay challenge during the drive that failed to overturn a Chiefs catch for a first down. (Chiefs 21, Raiders 17, 6:23 left in the third quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 9:56 PM EST

Raiders, seeking sweep of Chiefs, lead at halftime in Vegas

By Mark Maske

The Chiefs are attempting to avenge their only loss of the season but trail the Raiders, 17-14, at halftime in Las Vegas.

The Raiders produced two touchdowns and a field goal on their first three possessions of the night. The Chiefs had two touchdowns on two drives, then stumbled with a punt and an interception. Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen got only the second interception this season thrown by Patrick Mahomes. Both have come against the Raiders.

The Raiders’ touchdowns came on a two-yard run by tailback Josh Jacobs and quarterback Derek Carr’s 17-yard pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Carr completed 13 of 16 first-half passes for 183 yards.

Mahomes connected on 14 of 21 passes for 145 yards. He threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and rookie tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for a touchdown. (Raiders 17, Chiefs 14 at halftime)

November 22, 2020 at 9:30 PM EST

A punt!

By Mark Maske

The game’s first punt came with just more than two minutes remaining in the first half. It was the Chiefs, surprisingly, who couldn’t keep pace offensively and were forced to punt. They had scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, while the Raiders have two touchdowns and a field goal on their three drives. (Raiders 17, Chiefs 14, 2:07 left in the second quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 9:22 PM EST

Raiders regain lead with field goal

By Mark Maske

The Chiefs got what qualifies in this game, so far, as a defensive stop. The Raiders managed only a field goal as kicker Daniel Carlson connected from 35 yards. The kick was made longer by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on the Raiders’ bench. Coach Jon Gruden appeared to have opted against a fourth-down try from the Kansas City 1-yard line even before the penalty. (Raiders 17, Chiefs 14, 4:36 left in the second quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 9:11 PM EST

Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s touchdown pulls Chiefs even again

By Mark Maske

There’s not much defense being played in this game, at least not yet. Each team has had the ball twice and has two touchdowns. The Chiefs drew even on a second-effort, three-yard touchdown run by rookie tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire. A questionable defensive pass interference penalty called on Raiders cornerback Damon Arnette set up the touchdown. (Chiefs 14, Raiders 14, 11:16 left in the second quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 8:57 PM EST

Derek Carr finds Nelson Agholor as Raiders make it two touchdowns on two drives

By Mark Maske

The Raiders are having no trouble with the Kansas City defense. They’ve had two possessions and have produced two touchdowns. Derek Carr threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor on the final play of the first quarter. Agholor did a nice job getting both his feet in bounds in the back of the end zone as he gathered the lob pass. (Raiders 14, Chiefs 7 after the first quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 8:49 PM EST

Chiefs pull even on Patrick Mahomes-to-Tyreek Hill touchdown

By Mark Maske

The Chiefs answered the Raiders’ touchdown with one of their own. Patrick Mahomes threw a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Mahomes completed 7 of 8 passes on the drive. Hill had five catches. The Chiefs held the ball for nearly 7 1/2 minutes while moving 85 yards in 14 plays. (Chiefs 7, Raiders 7, 4:01 left in the first quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 8:35 PM EST

Raiders have early lead on Josh Jacobs’s touchdown

By Mark Maske

You can say this much about the Raiders: They’re certainly not intimidated facing the Chiefs.

The Raiders beat the Chiefs in Kansas City earlier this season and now they have the early lead in the rematch in Vegas. They scored an opening-drive touchdown on tailback Josh Jacobs’s two-yard run. The Raiders needed only six plays to move 75 yards. (Raiders 7, Chiefs 0, 11:25 left in the first quarter)

November 22, 2020 at 7:31 PM EST

What to watch for during Sunday night’s Chiefs-Raiders matchup

By Mark Maske

The Chiefs will try to maintain their no-doubt-about-it supremacy in the AFC West when they meet the Raiders in Las Vegas on “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.

This is the rematch of an Oct. 11 game in Kansas City won by the Raiders, 40-32. The Raiders’ team bus reportedly took a victory lap around Arrowhead Stadium following that game. That became a topic of conversation last week. Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said such a celebration is “not our style.”

Raiders Coach Jon Gruden didn’t particularly want to discuss the topic, suggesting the maneuver might have been aimed at “a smart-aleck bus driver in Kansas City who made some snide comments when we got on the bus” and calling the issue “ridiculous.”

All of that led former NFL executive Joe Banner, who worked with Reid in Philadelphia, to write on Twitter: “Andy Reid’s comments this week about Raiders behavior after the last time they played shouldn’t be overlooked. I have been with him when he has been in this position. He will not take his foot off the gas [pedal] in this game until he is back in the locker room after it’s over.”

The Chiefs return from their bye week. Reid’s teams have a record of 18-3 in his career in post-bye games. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has 25 touchdown passes and one interception on the season and perhaps is the league MVP front-runner.

Mahomes faces a Raiders defense that had many of its players in quarantine last week after defensive end Clelin Ferrell reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. A significant number of Raiders defenders were identified as high-risk close contacts but most have returned from their five-day quarantines and are eligible to play in this game.

The Raiders activated defensive backs Johnathan Abram and Isaiah Johnson and defensive linemen Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins, Arden Key and Kendal Vickers from their covid-19 reserve list Saturday. They also elevated defensive linemen David Irving and Chris Smith and linebacker Javin White from the practice squad.

Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, however, reportedly was placed back on the covid-19 reserve list Sunday. He’d been activated from that list Friday.

The Raiders are on a three-game winning steak and have a record of 6-3. They’re two games behind the first-place Chiefs, who are 8-1, in the AFC West.

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