Story and photo by R. Mascardo
OAKLAND — Late in the fourth quarter, the biggest upset this season remained a possibility. The Chiefs far outmatch the Raiders on paper. But even with a spotty pass defense that allowed more yards in the air than any other team entering week 13, the Chief’s offense seemed still far too powerful for the Raiders.
After rookie Marcell Atman’s first career touchdown catch with just under seven minutes remaining in the game, a nifty back shoulder grab for a 9-yard score, the Raiders only trailed by three.
Yet, like earlier in the game, each of the Raiders’ three running back lost fumble.
The best team in the AFC made the conference’s worst team pay, and rookie slot corner Nick Nelson lost Chris Conley in the end zone as the Chiefs took a two-score lead with under two minutes remaining.
Daniel Carlson’s 44-yard field goal cut the deficit to seven with 30 seconds remaining. But Conley came up big again in recovering Carlson’s ensuing on side kick to seal the game.
All things considered, it’s not the 40-33 loss. The Raiders fought until the end against a Super Bowl contender.
But they also stayed in contention for the number 1 pick. The Cardinal’s win last Sunday against the Packers left the Raiders and the 49ers as the only 2-10 teams in the NFL.
NEXT: Raiders host the Pittsburg Steelers on December 9 at the Oakland Coliseum