Chiefs get blanked by Raiders, 15-0
- Article by: JOSH DUBOW
- Associated Press
- December 16, 2012 - 7:57 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. - Jamaal Charles sprinted around right end for a 42-yard gain that seemed to be when the dormant Kansas City Chiefs offense needed to get going before a penalty brought the long run back.
That's the kind of day it was for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals, Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards and the Oakland Raiders shut out Kansas City for the second time ever, beating the Chiefs 15-0 on Sunday.
"Offensively we couldn't get much done at all," coach Romeo Crennel said. "Couldn't run the ball, couldn't throw the ball, got into the red zone and couldn't get any points. Defensively we tried to hang in there but we missed too many tackles and on third down we were unable to get off the field and allowed them to keep drives alive and end up with field goals. If there's a bright spot in the game it's the punter. He did a nice job. But nice job by one is not good unless you can win the game."
There has been little to cheer for this season for the Chiefs (2-12), who have lost 10 of 11 games and are tied for the second most losses in franchise history behind a 2-14 mark in 2008. Kansas City's only win since September came the day after linebacker Javon Belcher killed his girlfriend before committing suicide at the team's practice facility.
About the only bright spot from this loss is it kept Kansas City in the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick. The Chiefs and Jaguars are tied with the worst record in the NFL with two weeks remaining.
Even their one big play against the Raiders (4-10) didn't count as a holding call on Joe Asamoah negated Charles' long run.
"That was kind of how the day went," quarterback Brady Quinn said. "We'd have a big play like that and a penalty. A guy wide open and a dropped ball or I wouldn't be able to have time to throw it. We just weren't able to sustain any sort of consistency the entire day."
Charles was held to 10 yards rushing on nine carries, giving him 14 yards on 14 carries in two games against Oakland this season. Quinn was 18 for 32 for 136 yards and an interception as he missed injured receiver Dwayne Bowe and left tackle Branden Albert.
This matchup between two old AFL rivals lacked the meaning many of the past meetings had with both teams entering the game with at least 10 losses for the first time ever.
But the Raiders overwhelmed the undermanned Chiefs to snap a six-game losing streak. Sandwiched around those losses are two wins over Kansas City, a rare bright spot in this disappointing season in Oakland.
"It's extremely hard to shut anybody out. It doesn't matter who they are. That's an accomplishment that we take great pride in," coach Dennis Allen said. "I think it's huge. Our guys needed something where they get a little bit of confidence."
The quality of play matched the poor records for much of the day as the Chiefs took nearly 40 minutes to earn their initial first down of the game and the Raiders failed to reach the end zone.
But strong running by McFadden and Mike Goodson giving the Raiders a season-high 203 yards rushing, Carson Palmer playing turnover-free for the first time since September and the Raiders dominating defensively, Oakland came out on top.
"It just feels great to be able to go out there and run the ball the way we did," McFadden said. "We did a great job running and the offensive line did a great job. Just a good all-around game for us."
The Chiefs finally got a first down with just more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter when Dexter McCluster fought for 8 yards on a catch on third-and-6. Two penalties by Oakland gave Kansas City 42 yards and helped set up Kansas City with first-and-goal from the 9. But the drive stalled when Charles was tackled at the 8 by Matt Giordano after a short catch on fourth down.
Kansas City also failed to capitalize on a fumble by McFadden that Justin Houston recovered at the Oakland 18. An offensive pass interference and four straight incompletions by Quinn gave the ball back to the Raiders and helped seal the shutout.
The last time the Raiders recorded a shutout came in the 2002 regular season finale when they beat Kansas City 24-0. That was also the only other time they shutout the Chiefs in this long rivalry.
"We had a rough season, and it was our last home game, so we wanted to go out there and prove to our fans that we're still playing with heart and passion, we're still giving it everything we've got," safety Tyvon Branch said. "So this was one of those games, it was like a fan appreciation game."
NOTES: Kansas City was held scoreless for the first time since Dec. 12, 2010, at San Diego. ... The Raiders won a game without a TD for the first time since a 15-13 win against San Diego in 2000. ... The 119 yards allowed by the Raiders are the fewest since they gave up 93 to the Chargers in a 6-0 win in 1975.
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