KANSAS CITY, Mo. — And that’s why you kick the extra point, instead of going for two and the win.
Raiders coach Josh McDaniels made the decision to go for two after quarterback Derek Carr threw a 48-yard touchdown to star receiver DaVante Adams in the fourth quarter.
Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who was on a tear with 133 yards rushing and a touchdown, was stuffed up the middle on the pivotal play that allowed the Chiefs to hang onto a one-point lead in the final minutes.
Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdowns to star tight end Travis Kelce and the Chiefs came back from a 17-point deficit in the first half to defeat the Raiders.
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Player of the game: Travis Kelce
How’s this for a statistical line?
Four touchdowns on seven catches for just 25 yards.
Yeah, it happened.
And it was Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce who delivered.
Mahomes consistently looked for his star offensive weapon in the end zone, and it propelled the Chiefs to a comeback win against the Raiders.
Kelce’s game will be remembered more for the four touchdowns – the first time a tight end has scored four touchdowns in a game since 1985 – than the overall stat line.
Still, it’s comical to see a player be so productive without the yardage.
Chiefs’ big turning point of the game
The Chiefs had a 24-23 lead early in the fourth quarter, and appeared prime to kick a field goal and extend their lead to four points.
But a unique penalty was called in Kansas City’s favor: A holding call by the Raiders defense as the Raiders lined up for a kick.
The penalty gave the Chiefs a new set of downs, and set the stage for Mahomes to throw his fourth touchdown pass to Kelce with 7:25 left in the game.
Maybe, it was a makeup call for the Chiefs and their fans after the controversial roughing-the-passer call they incurred during the first half.
Raiders nearly had another chance to win
The Raiders nearly got into field goal position in the final minute.
Carr found Adams for what could’ve been a 16-yard completion that could’ve gotten into Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson’s range with 47 seconds left.
But the catch was ruled incomplete. Adams was in disbelief when the referee gave him a rundown of the review.
And on the Raiders’ final play, Adams collided downfield with receiver Hunter Renfrow, ending Las Vegas’ chances for a comeback.
Derek Carr throws his 200th career touchdown
On fourth and 1 in the first quarter, the Raiders went for it. And it paid off.
Carr found Adams for a 58-yard touchdown to help Las Vegas take an early 7-0 lead.
The touchdown was the 200th in Carr’s nine-year NFL career.
And it was to Adams, his college teammate who starred alongside at Fresno State University.
Controversial moment of the game
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones was penalized for roughing the passer after falling on top of Carr just before halftime.
Carr was in the process of winding up for a pass when the ball was dropping to the ground as a fumble. Jones reached for the football and secured it while falling on top of Carr on the way to the ground.
The penalty allowed the Raiders to extend their drive at the end of the first half to set up a 5-yard field goal by kicker Daniel Carlson to take a 20-10 lead into halftime.
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