Derek Carr hooked up with James Jones for a 9-yard TD with under two minutes remaining as host Oakland won for the first time in more than a year.
The Raiders (1-10) had lost 16 straight games dating to last season and appeared as if their slide would extend another week after they squandered a 17-3 lead late in the third quarter, but their rookie quarterback led them on a 17-play, 80-yard drive, capped by the well-thrown ball to an open Jones. The Chiefs drove into Raiders territory in the final minute, but Sio Moore sacked Alex Smith on third down and Smith’s fourth-down pass was incomplete.
Latavius Murray ran for 112 yards and two first-half touchdowns before leaving with a concussion and Carr passed for 174 yards as Oakland notched its first win since Nov. 17, 2013, against Houston. Smith passed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and Jamaal Charles accounted for 122 yards and a score for Kansas City (7-4), which had won five straight games but fell victim to a classic “trap” after beating the Seahawks last week and before facing the Broncos and Cardinals in each of the next two weeks.
Murray’s 11-yard TD run off left tackle capped an eight-play drive that made it 7-0 midway through the first quarter and his 90-yard burst – an untouched run up the middle of the Chiefs’ defense – doubled the advantage early in the second. The Chiefs finally got on the board after Denarius Moore muffed a punt midway through the quarter and Kansas City turned that miscue into a 24-yard field goal en route to a 14-3 halftime deficit.
Sebastian Janikowski’s 40-yard field goal pushed Oakland’s lead to 17-3 with about five minutes left in the third quarter, but Kansas City answered with Smith’s 19-yard TD pass to Anthony Fasano and his 30-yard TD hookup with Charles to tie the game early in the fourth. Just over three minutes later, Cairo Santos made a 25-yard field goal to give the Chiefs their first lead at 20-17, but Carr found Jones in the end zone with 1:42 left to swing the momentum back in the Raiders’ favor.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Murray’s 90-yard TD run was the longest by a Raiders running back since Bo Jackson’s 92-yard run against Cincinnati 25 years ago. … Carr has thrown for under 200 yards in five of his last six games. … WR Andre Holmes led Oakland with five catches for 55 yards.