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Jim Trotter
November 15, 2010
Five of the most memorable matchups in a half century of Chiefs versus Raiders
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November 15, 2010

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Five of the most memorable matchups in a half century of Chiefs versus Raiders

JAN. 4, 1970, AT OAKLAND Chiefs 17, Raiders 7

Matched against the 13-1-1 Raiders, who'd beaten them twice in the regular season, the Chiefs scored the final 17 points to advance to Super Bowl IV, where they upset the Vikings 23--7. Side note: K.C.'s defense, which intercepted Oakland four times, was motivated by the previous year's playoffs, in which it yielded 41 points in a lopsided loss to the Raiders.

NOV. 1, 1970, AT KANSAS CITY Chiefs 17, Raiders 17

You know a game is memorable when it produces a rules change. The Chiefs led 17--14 with 1:08 to play when quarterback Len Dawson ran a naked bootleg 19 yards on third-and-11. However, defensive end Ben Davidson set off a sidelines-clearing scrum when he speared Dawson from behind after he was down. The penalties on both teams nullified the play and led to a Chiefs punt. Oakland marched downfield and kicked the tying 48-yard field goal with eight seconds left. The league subsequently changed the rule so that personal fouls committed after a play would not nullify the result of the play. The tie proved costly for K.C., which lost the division by half a game—to the Raiders.

SEPT. 8, 1997, AT OAKLAND Chiefs 28, Raiders 27

Before a Monday-night audience the Chiefs, who'd scored only a field goal in a season-opening loss to Denver, drove 80 yards in the final 58 seconds for the victory. Elvis Grbac found Andre Rison in the back of the end zone for the 32-yard game-winner.

JAN. 2, 2000, AT KANSAS CITY Raiders 41, Chiefs 38 (OT)

This season-ending win was gratifying for the Raiders for two reasons: It kept the Chiefs out of the playoffs and jump-started Oakland—which had gone five years without a winning record—to three consecutive division titles. Kansas City had a chance to win on the final play of regulation, but Pete Stoyanovich missed a 44-yard field goal. Jon Baker sent the overtime kickoff out-of-bounds, and the Raiders never relinquished the ball as Rich Gannon drove them to the winning field goal.

NOV. 6, 2005, AT OAKLAND Chiefs 27, Raiders 23

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