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Raiders Cover Big Spread to Upset Chiefs

The 2008 Detroit Lions can pop the champagne or whatever it is they'd have as they will continue to be the only team in NFL history since the adaptation of a 16-games schedule to fail to win a single game. The Oakland Raiders finally won a game as they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 on Thursday night.

The Raiders had a 14-0 lead at one point with Latavius Murray going for two rushing touchdowns with one of them being 90 yards in length. The Chiefs, who were held to several punts at the start, did get a shot after the Raiders muffed a punt near the end zone. The Chiefs could only go three-and-out on the resulting possession to get a field goal.

The Raiders maintained a 14-point lead with a field goal in the third quarter but the Chiefs made an effort to come back and win. Alex Smith had a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano but it took a period of time to confirm as it was unclear if he had broken the plane.

The Chiefs tied the game up in the early stages of the fourth quarter. Alex Smith had a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jamaal Charles. After forcing a punt, the Chiefs took the lead with a Cairo Santos field goal.

The Raiders then went on a drive that went for more than seven minutes and a total of seventeen plays. Derek Carr made a quarterback sneak on a fourth down midway through the drive. The Raiders then converted three straight third down attempts en route to a touchdown pass to James Jones right after the two minute warning. The Chiefs' last possession featured two passing plays that were ruled by replay officials as incomplete passes.

This all came in spite of Derek Carr's struggles. He only went 18-35 in the game for 174 passing yards.

The Chiefs had actually been listed in the betting odds as -7.5 favorites for the game. However, the Raiders managed to find a way to win for the first time in more than one whole calendar year.