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Chiefs Vs. Raiders: What They're Saying About Oakland's Victory

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Oakland Raiders 23-20 in overtime on Sunday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Here's what people are saying about the sloppy, penalty-filled game from the Chiefs and Raiders.

Raiders slow Chiefs’ vaunted running attack - KansasCity.com
In its previous seven games, Kansas City used a mostly one-dimensional offense. And that worked. Then it didn’t work immediately Sunday, and the Chiefs bailed out. Cassel attempted a season-high 35 passes, completing 20 of them. "We have a Plan A, a Plan B, a Plan C," coach Todd Haley said. "And you’d better have a Plan D, just in case, because you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen."

Key nine-minute stretch dooms Chiefs in 23-20 loss to Raiders - KansasCity.com
The truth is the Chiefs gave the game away in its middle section with a 9-minute stretch so horrible it altered the course of their season. Without those 9 minutes, the Chiefs would have a lead in the AFC West so comfortable they’d be threatening to clinch the division title by Thanksgiving. Instead, they coughed up a 23-20 verdict that was settled by Janikowski’s 33-yard field goal less than 3 minutes into overtime.

Raiders overcome sloppiness, get past Chiefs in OT
The Chiefs tried to take advantage of Asomugha, a cornerback, being out with an ankle injury, throwing more than they usually do on first down. But though Matt Cassel did throw the ball a season-high 35 times, Kansas City couldn't run the ball when it wanted to, as it has all season. The Raiders held the Chiefs to 104 yards on 34 carries, saving the biggest stick for Thomas Jones as he finished with 32 yards on 19 carries.

Chiefs Wrap - Defining U-G-L-Y | Upon Further Review
As it turns out, the 27 combined penalties is the second most in Chiefs’ history. The most was 30 between KC and Seattle in 1998 – a year in which the Chiefs led the league with 158 total. That is also an NFL record. So, it’s only under the most extreme circumstances that this game has been "bettered".

Chiefs may not be what we thought they were - KansasCity.com
Haley talks about this all the time. He prides on winning ugly. No mistakes. This is how the Chiefs are supposed to win. It’s what they’re about, the genesis of everything they do, and when they needed it most, they failed in a miserable way that leaves them now fighting for a playoff spot instead of looking at a possible first-round bye.

Chiefs Blitz | A look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders - KansasCity.com
How did the Chiefs lose this one? Kansas City was in control during the first half, but a lack of discipline and the inability to rush the football ultimately cost the Chiefs — and led to their third loss of the 2010 season. The Chiefs committed far too many penalties and didn’t mind the details, and Oakland took advantage for a pivotal victory against an AFC West opponent.

Lack of discipline comes back to haunt Chiefs - KansasCity.com
Regardless, defensive lineman Shaun Smith said the swamp that Oakland Coliseum became Sunday shouldn’t have been an excuse. "It’s not sloppy," Smith said. "It’s football weather. It’s November. I mean, it’s going to rain, sleet, snow. No matter what, still got to line up and play football."

Oakland Raiders overcome sloppy play, penalties to beat Kansas City Chiefs in overtime - San Jose Mercury News
The Raiders rebounded from a 10-0 halftime deficit and made just enough plays to offset a shoddy performance in a 23-20 overtime win at the rain-drenched Oakland Coliseum. "It wasn't the way we draw it up," Raiders coach Tom Cable said, "but it was the way it was supposed to be. We hung in there, fought, hung in there, fought, got a chance, made a couple of plays, made two kicks, and now we're all happy."