Raiders burned by last minute touchdown by Mahomes, Chiefs
The question continues to remain: How much time is too much time to leave for Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Despite taking the lead with under two minutes left, Las Vegas lost to Kansas City 35-31 Sunday, Nov. 22 at Allegiant Stadium on a last-minute touchdown pass from Mahomes to tight end Travis Kelce.
Mahomes scrambled out of the pocket only to gain the attention of Vegas safety Johnathan Abram leaving Kelce wide open across the middle of the field.
The Raiders drop to 6-4 on the season, suffering their first divisional loss as Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid improved to 19-3 after a bye week.
Coming into the game, he was already the game’s all-time winningest head coach on the road.
Moreover, Vegas is 2-3 at the new Allegiant Stadium.
The Raiders return to the road next week as they play their final game against the NFC South in a Nov. 29 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Chiefs will travel to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in South Florida.
Mahomes went 34-for-45, passing for 348 yards and two touchdowns improving to 5-1 in his career against the Raiders.
He did throw his second interception of the season in the first half to cornerback Trayvon Mullen.
Both of his interceptions this season have come against Vegas.
Kelce remained a thorn in the side of the Raider defense racking up 127 yards on eight receptions and the game-winning touchdown. He even handed out a game-winning shoulder rub to his head coach Reid.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill hauled in 11 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown as well.
Kansas City put up a franchise-record 36 first downs, while Vegas found a new set of downs 25 times.
In addition, the Chiefs ran 16 more plays than the Raiders, putting up 96 more yards while holding the ball for five more minutes than their opponent.
All week long, the Las Vegas defense was going through COVID-19 testing, quarantining periods and restrictions.
Defensive back Lamarcus Joyner tested negative for the virus all week but received a positive test the morning of the game and was placed on the reserved list.
Despite the defensive concerns entering the game, the Raider offense kept the team in the game with a chance to win it all late.
Quarterback Derek Carr threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns but he did throw his third interception of the season.
The loss drops him to 3-11 in his career against Kansas City.
Carr was aided by 88 receiving yards for tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Nelson Agholor respectively.
Both Waller and Agholor recorded a touchdown during the game.
In addition to big plays from the receiving core, Carr and the Raiders’ offense was aided by multiple defensive penalties by the Chiefs on their second to last drive of the game.
Kansas City committed five penalties on the drive, with three of them being accepted.
Las Vegas would eventually score on Carr’s third touchdown pass, this time to tight end Jason Witten.
There were four punts between the two teams during the duration of the game with the first one coming 2:18 left in the first half.
Running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 55 yards on 17 carries finding the end zone twice for his seventh and eighth touchdowns of the season.
It’s the third straight game where he’s scored a touchdown on the ground.