Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes to Travis Kelce, the Chiefs overcame an early 17-point deficit along with a questionable roughing-the-passer penalty, and Kansas City extended its mastery of Las Vegas Raiders by holding on for a 30-29 victory Monday night.
The Chiefs won despite defensive breakdowns, including TD catches of 58 and 48 yards by Davante Adams, and a roughing penalty on defensive tackle Chris Jones that negated what would have been a turnover before halftime.
Adams’ second TD reception came just after Kelce’s final touchdown catch as Kansas City (4-1) failed on a two-point attempt that left the score 30-23. But instead of kicking an extra point, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels also went for two, and Josh Jacobs, who had shredded the Chiefs defense all night, was stuffed at the goal line with 4:29 left.
The Raiders got the ball back one last time with 2:29 left, and a long third-down pass to Adams down the Kansas City sideline appeared to put them in field-goal range. But the play was called and Adams failed to get both feet in bounds and Carr threw incomplete on fourth-and-one with 47 seconds left before the Chiefs ran out the clock.
Carr finished with 241 yards and Jacobs ran for 154 yards and a score as the Raiders (1-4) lost to the Chiefs for the fourth straight time. Daniel Carlson was three for three on field goals, extending his streak to 38 straight. What he wouldn’t have given for a chance at No. 39.
The game of twists and turns began with the Raiders failing to score on their opening drive for the first time all season. They made up for it on the next one. Facing fourth and eight in their own territory, McDaniels sent his offense back down the field. But instead of running Jacobs up the middle or sneaking with Carr, he aired it out to Adams, who ran past cornerback Rashad Fenton for the 58-yard TD catch. Adams and the Raiders continued to pick off Fenton later in the half when a pass interference move moved Las Vegas deep into Chiefs territory. Adams drew another penalty on Jaylen Watson in the end zone, setting up Jacobs’ short TD plunge.
It was 17-0 when Kelce finally reached the end zone for the Chiefs, but it looked like the momentum had turned when Jones stripped Carr from behind and landed on him. But despite the ball clearly coming out and the Pro Bowl defensive tackle making off with it, referee Carl Cheffers threw a penalty flag and called Jones for grabbing the ball. Chiefs coach Andy Reid stormed off the sideline to argue. And after the teams traded field goals in the final minutes of the half, leaving the Raiders ahead 20-10, Reid cornered Cheffers and fired into him again as the teams headed for the locker room.
The dubious punishment came the next day another questionable roughing call by referee Jerome Boger on Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett against Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady sealed the Buccaneers’ victory over the Falcons.
The whole episode seemed to fire up the Chiefs.
They opened the second half with a 75-yard march that Kelce capped with his second touchdown reception. And after they forced a quick punt, the Chiefs went 57 yards and saw Kelce pick up his third to give Kansas City a 24-20 lead.
Midway through the fourth quarter, it was the Chiefs who got a penalty.
They led 24-23 when fill-in kicker Matthew Wright, whose 59-yarder before halftime set the franchise record for longest field goal, ripped a 37-yarder to the left. But defensive end Malcolm Koonce was called for holding, giving Kansas City an automatic first down, and Mahomes found Kelce again four plays later to extend the lead to 30-24.
The teams traded touchdowns and missed conversions down the stretch as the Chiefs escaped with the win.