The Denver Post

Oakland defeats K.C. on final play

- By Josh Dubow

CALIF.» Derek Carr OAKLAND, threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two consecutiv­e defensive holding calls, and the Oakland Raiders snapped their four-game losing streak in wild fashion with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

With their season on the line following the recent slump, Carr led an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:25 to give the Raiders (3-4) the thrilling comeback win in an AFC West game they trailed by nine points heading into the fourth quarter.

Carr finished 29-of-52 passing for 417 yards and three touchdowns, with Amari Cooper catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two of the scores.

Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the suddenly slumping Chiefs (5-2). They lost consecutiv­e games for the first time since Oct. 11-18, 2015, and saw their 12-game winning streak in the AFC West snapped in a thrilling finish.

The Raiders had an apparent go-ahead touchdown pass to Jared Cook with 18 seconds left overturned when replay ruled that he was down at the 1-yard line. An offensive pass interferen­ce on Crabtree erased another touchdown on the next play.

But Carr hit Crabtree in the front corner of the end zone to tie it at 30-30. Giorgio Tavecchio won it with the extra point, setting off a Raiders celebratio­n on a wild night that included Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch getting ejected in the second quarter for shoving an official.

That all started when Carr was hit late by Kansas City’s Marcus Peters on a run midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediatel­y confronted Peters.

Lynch, who is close friends with his fellow Oakland native Peters, then sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Line judge Julian Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey.

Peters was called for a personal foul for the late hit. Lynch got a personal foul and was ejected for making contact with the official.

Lynch finished the game with only two carries for 9 yards.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.

 ?? Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images ?? Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown Thursday.
Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown Thursday.

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