Saturday, January 18, 2014
Plays that defined the season: No. 8
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Oakland Raiders were well into what for them has become a typical season when the Kansas City Chiefs arrived in Oakland for a Dec. 15 game. Oakland was in the midst of what would become a six-game losing streak and were on their third quarterback, undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, after finding Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor lacking.
So when the Chiefs went ahead 35-10 in the second quarter, they should have had an easy time finishing off the Raiders, who ended the season 23rd in yards and 24th in scoring.
The Chiefs eventually won 56-31 after getting five touchdowns from running back Jamaal Charles. But they had trouble putting away the Raiders, and this fact would be an omen of things to come.
McGloin’s 34-yard pass to Denarius Moore set up an Oakland touchdown late in the first half. Oakland would score two more touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 35-31 before the Chiefs turned on the offensive burners and pulled away again.
On the play, Moore simply beat rookie Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper deep down the right sideline while the safety, Quintin Demps, was late in getting to the play.
McGloin’s pass to Moore was one of eight the Raiders completed that day of more than 20 yards. Remember that the Raiders were a team struggling on offense and their 31 points were a season-high for them.
Three weeks later, in their playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Chiefs had a 38-10 lead early in the third quarter. That time, against an opponent more gifted than the Raiders on both offense and defense, the Chiefs couldn’t hold their lead.