Kansas City hosted Oakland in Week 16, needing a win to keep its postseason chances alive. After a closely contested, back-and-forth four quarters of regulation, the Raiders were able to come away with a 16-13 victory on a 36-yard field goal by kicker Sebastian Janikowski on the opening possession of overtime.
Janikowski started the day’s scoring with a 28-yard field goal on the first drive of the game after Bryan McCann returned the opening kickoff 91 yards to the Chiefs 14-yard line.
Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop knotted the game at 3-3 with a 23-yard field goal that was set up by linebacker Derrick Johnson’s interception and 17-yard return that set Kansas City up inside Oakland territory to start its drive.
The Raiders had a chance to go ahead in the second quarter when they appeared to successfully pull off a fake field goal. The holder, Shane Lechler, threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brandon Myers, but Oakland was called for delay of game, nullifying the play. The resulting 5-yard penalty moved Janikowski’s field goal attempt back to 59 yards, and the Pro Bowl kicker came up just short, hitting the crossbar.
Momentum seemed to be on Kansas City’s side after that swing from an apparent fake field goal touchdown to a missed field goal and the resulting great field position. The Chiefs started at their ensuing drive from their 49-yard line and with the help of three Raiders penalties, drove down the field into the red zone.
Kansas City wasn’t able to capitalize, as quarterback Kyle Orton threw an interception in the end zone that was returned 62 yards out to the Chiefs 41-yard line, swinging momentum back in Oakland’s favor.
The Raiders couldn’t take advantage of the turnover however, as three plays later, quarterback Carson Palmer threw his second interception of the half.
In its two-minute offense, Kansas City drove the ball down to the Oakland 23-yard line with one minute left in the half.
Despite being in good scoring position with three timeouts remaining, the Chiefs started moving backwards thanks to three consecutive penalties. First, Orton was called for intentional grounding, moving the ball back to the 34-yard line. Then, Orton was flagged for delay of game, moving the Chiefs back to the 39. Before the next snap, Kansas City was called for a false start, backing the team up to the 44.
After a 13-yard completion, the Chiefs stopped the clock with three seconds remaining to attempt a 49-yard field goal, but defensive lineman Richard Seymour broke through the line to block the attempt and end the half with the scored tied 3-3.
The Raiders broke the tie with a 61-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to wide receiver Denarius Moore on their first drive of the second half to take a 10-3 lead.
Kansas City cut the margin to four points after Succop added a 20-yard field goal to make the score 10-6 entering the fourth quarter.
Janikowski tacked on a 31-yard field goal with 3:01 left in the fourth quarter to give Oakland a seven-point lead, but the Chiefs answered, using a 49-yard completion from Orton to running back Dexter McCluster to take Kansas City down to the Oakland 3-yard line. On the next play, Orton hit receiver Dwayne Bowe for the game-tying touchdown with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter.
Oakland then went three-and-out, using just 29 seconds of game time, which allowed the Chiefs one last shot to win it in regulation. After quick gains of 25, then 11, Succop came onto the field to attempt his second 49-yard field goal of the game. And, just like the first one, the kick was blocked by Seymour as time expired in the half.
On the first play of overtime, Palmer connected with receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey for a gain of 53 yards down to the Kansas City 23-yard line. Three plays later, Janikowski drilled a 36-yard field goal to end the game and the Chiefs’ postseason hopes.