KANSAS CITY 29, Oakland 23
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(c) 1995 Associated Press
Kansas City 6 6 10 7--29
Oakland 7 3 0 13--23
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec 3, 1995 - 21:44 EST) -- There were two themes to the
Kansas City Chiefs' 29-23 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders.
Marcus Allen was one, the inexorable march of the ugly duckling Chiefs
toward an AFC championship was the other.
The 35-year-old Allen, in his first game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum,
rushed for 124 yards to lead the Chiefs to their second AFC West title in
three seasons -- not bad for a team picked to finish fourth or fifth in the
division after Joe Montana's retirement.
Allen also became the became the first player in the NFL's 77-year history
to run for more than 10,000 yards and catch 5,000 yards in passes while the
defense held Oakland to just eight yards rushing.
"We're still not a good team," Allen said after the victory over the team
that discarded him. "We're just beating good teams."
Well, not really that good -- with starting quarterback Jeff Hostetler on
the sidelines with a shoulder injury the Raiders (8-5) lost for the third
straight time. They jumped off to a 7-0 lead with 1:01 gone in the game on
Terry McDaniel's 43-yard interception return then didn't score again until
Billy Joe Hobert, the third string quarterback, threw two late touchdown
passes to cut into a 29-10 deficit.
By then it was too late against a team that this season has managed to find
every conceivable way to win -- the victory and Dallas' loss again left the
Chiefs (11-2) with the NFL's best record.
"How many times have you seen when you see a play like that interception
early in the game that gets to you?" said coach Marty Schottenheimer. "But
this group has no quit in them. They just don't allow things like that to
get them down."
There were a lot of things in this game, one that was played both between
the Chiefs and the Raiders and the Chiefs and their fans, who jeered at the
Kansas City buses as they entered the stadium and threw all kinds of debris
from the stands. .
"If you beat the fans, you can beat the Raiders," said Kansas City
cornerback Mark Collins. "But you have to beat the fans first."
The Chiefs usually do.
This was their fifth straight win and 12th in 13 games over the Raiders, but
the first in that streak in Oakland. It also was a chippy game filled with
shoving matches and personal fouls -- the Raiders were penalized 13 times
for 105 yards; the Chiefs nine for 80, not counting those that offset or
"There's something missing on this team," said Raiders' coach Mike White.
"It's a state of mind. I'm not sure what it is, consistency, maybe. But this
is as low as it's ever been."
Maybe what's missing is the leadership of Allen, run off the team by Al
Davis after the 1992 season in a still unexplained dispute.
Allen, who joined the Raiders in 1982, the year they moved from Oakland to
Los Angeles, was aided by a defense that forced four turnovers and got four
sacks on Vince Evans before Hobert replaced him. The Chiefs also got
effective combined work from Steve Bono and Rich Gannon.
Allen, who had 21 carries, ran a yard for one touchdown; Kimble Anders went
23 for another; Gannon scored on a 12-yard bootleg while Bono sat out with a
bruised throwing hand, and Brian Washington sealed the win with a 74-yard
interception return midway through the fourth quarter.
Bono, who threw the interception that was run back 43 yards for a touchdown
on the game's third play, returned from his hand injury to complete eight
straight passes during the second and third quarters, when the Chiefs took
over the game. The first of those was a 26-yarder to Tamarick Vanover on a
flea-flicker to set up Anders' TD that put the Chiefs up for good 3:24 into
the second quarter.
Starting with McDaniel's interception, defenses prevailed.
There were no first downs for six series, three by each team, until Allen
broke loose late in the first period for 38 yards to the Oakland 20. Two
plays later, Gannon (7 of 11 for 59 yards) went left on a bootleg and
trotted in for the score.
Lin Elliott missed the extra point, his first of two misses.
Jeff Jaeger's 46-yard field goal three minutes into the second quarter made
it 10-6, but Bono came back two series later and drove the Chiefs 53 yards
in three plays that included the 26-yarder to Vanover and Anders' run.
Allen went 25 yards to the 1 to set up his own TD in the third quarter.
Elliot's 35-yarder made it 22-10 with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.
Then Washington picked off a ball Evans shouldn't have thrown and took it
back for a score.
Bono, who left again in the final quarter, finished 9 of 14 for 87 yards.
... Chiefs over Raiders - 6 straight; 12 out of last 13; 15 out of last 17!