Week 17 Final: Chiefs 23, Raiders 17

Full game stats here.

Derek Carr is probably going to have nightmares about Frank Zombo during the off-season. The Chiefs LB, who barreled through the Raiders’ o-line twice to end the game in Oakland last month, made his presence felt today in Kansas City as well, forcing a Carr fumble on the game’s final drive that was just barely recovered by the Raiders, to no avail.

At the very end of both a lost season and a Hall of Fame career, the Raiders at least managed to make it interesting, but only after a lot of dullness and derp. Charles Woodson’s NFL career ended in the same stadium where it began, at Kansas City’s Arrowhead. On the Chiefs’ first two offensive drives, the Raiders pass defense made Alex Smith look like Randall Cunningham, scrambling and passing and scoring at will, racking up an early 14-0 lead.

The safety in the third quarter happened on a blocked punt from the end zone, when Ben Heeney missed his block, allowing King’s punt to be blocked trough the end zone. The Chiefs scored a touchdown easily after the safety free kick, opening up a 23-10 lead. Bad play on Heeney’s part, but overall throughout the season, he’s proven himself to be a player with huge potential, and with top-notch LBs like Del Rio and Norton as his HC and DC respectively, there’s no reason Heeney can’t be groomed into a premier linebacker as well.

On the other side of the ball, Chiefs DC Bob Sutton seems to have just the thing to halt the Raiders offense dead in its tracks. Derek Carr managed some nice throws here and there, but Sutton’s constant pressure kept him on his heels, unable to generate consistent, productive drives. David Amerson’s pick-six in 2nd qtr got the Raiders back in the game, but the offense was unable to capitalize. With Woodson retiring, Nate Allen’s status up in the air going forward if he can’t stay healthy, and DJ Hayden on the verge of being permanently demoted to nickelback, Amerson is turning out to be one of the players (along with TJ Carrie) they can rebuild the secondary around.

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