The Oakland Raiders are lucky there was no snow in the stands. Instead, their frustrated fans showered the field with boos as the Raiders blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead Sunday and lost 37-34 to Kansas City.
Cris Dishman scored twice for the Chiefs, on a 47-yard interception return and a 40-yard fumble runback, and Pete Stoyanovich kicked a 44-yard winning field goal as the game ended as Kansas City (6-5) broke a three-game losing streak.
The winning 39-yard drive, which included a pass interference call on the Raiders' Eric Allen, began after Oakland's Michael Husted missed a 44-yard field goal. After that miss, Stoyanovich congratulated the Chiefs defense.
It was the second heartbreaking loss in six days for the Raiders (5-6), who were defeated 27-21 in overtime by the Broncos last Monday night.
The Raiders were pelted with snowballs by Denver fans throughout that game, leading to a fracas afterward and misdemeanor charges against Oakland cornerback Charles Woodson for allegedly hitting a fan in the face with a snowball.
"We drive down and try a field goal and miss it, they drive down and try a field goal and make it," Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon said. "That's just the way our season has gone."
Tony Gonzalez caught a 73-yard scoring pass from Elvis Grbac as the Chiefs rallied from a 34-20 deficit at the start of the fourth period. Donnell Bennett added a 2-yard scoring run and Stoyanovich also kicked field goals of 47 and 37 yards as the Chiefs moved within two games of first-place Seattle in the AFC West.
"It couldn't be sweeter than this one," Kansas City coach Gunther Cunningham said. "You've got to be careful when you go up 14 points. I don't think they were careful. They were careless, and we took advantage of it."
Woodson scored on a 15-yard interception return for the Raiders, who have lost 18 of their last 20 against the Chiefs. Gannon threw scoring passes of 16 and 3 yards to Rickey Dudley and also ran 6 yards for a touchdown. Husted added field goals of 33 and 30 yards.
"Obviously, it's a difficult loss to absorb," Oakland coach Jon Gruden said. "We were in a position to win this game, but turnovers have been our enemy."
Husted opened the scoring with his 33-yard field goal late in the first period. Bennett's run gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter before Husted and Stoyanovich traded field goals.
Dudley scored on a 16-yard pass with 1:19 left before halftime, one play after Gannon converted a fourth-and-3 with a 17-yard pass to fullback Jon Ritchie.
Stoyanovich's 37-yard field goal tied the game 13-13 early in the third period, and Dishman then went untouched to score on his interception return.
But Napoleon Kaufman returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the Kansas City 40. Gannon completed a short drive with his scoring run to tie it again.
Greg Biekert returned an interception to the Chiefs 3 three plays later, leading to Dudley's second scoring catch.
Then Woodson made it 34-20 with his first interception of the season, making a shoestring catch of a deflection and scooting untouched into the end zone with three seconds left in the period.
The Chiefs pulled within a touchdown on Gonzalez's scoring reception and tied the game with 6:24 left when Derrick Walker fumbled after a short reception. Dishman picked up the loose ball and went untouched for his second score.
"Our defense is so active. We're hungry to get in the end zone," Dishman said. "We knew we had to make some plays and give our offense a chance. We were down 34-20 and we knew we had to do something."
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