Play(s) of the Game – Chiefs vs. Raiders

From the Coliseum, Oakland, California

QUARTER – 2nd Quarter

SCORE – Chiefs 14, Raiders 0

DOWN & DISTANCE – 1st-and-goal, from Chiefs 5-yard line

DEFENSIVE SET – Goal-line unit

OFFENSIVE SET – Raiders had “big package” with 7 offensive linemen

This is not a single play of the game, but plays of the game. The outcome of this game turned on a goal line stand by the Chiefs defense that stopped four consecutive running plays by the Raiders from reaching the end zone.

“That was big, big, big for our defense,” said head coach Todd Haley. “Any time you keep anybody out of the end zone in the NFL that’s tough to do. That was a huge situation in the game.”

It was set up by a 35-yard run by Oakland RB Michael Bush as he scampered to the Chiefs 5-yard line. Upset by giving up the big rushing play – the longest of the season to date – the defense set its jaw.

“We screwed up and let him break one off,” said FS Kendrick Lewis, who missed a tackle chance on Bush during the run. “We were not going to give them a free pass to the end zone.”

On first down, Bush ran at right tackle and gained five yards before Lewis and ILB Derrick Johnson stopped him.

On 2nd-and-goal at the Chiefs 2-yard line, Bush again went towards the right side, looking for the hole between guard and tackle, but Johnson came in and submarined him, stopping him for a 1-yard gain.

On 3rd-and-goal at the Chiefs 1-yard line, Bush leaped the middle of the Raiders offensive line but was knocked back by several members of the defense, coming up short of the end zone.

The Raiders were lined up for the fourth down play and there was no quarterback, as Bush set up to take a direct snap from center and another blocker came into the game, giving the Raiders seven offensive linemen along with a pair of tight ends.

But the play clock was running out and the Raiders called for a timeout. After talking on the sideline, the Raiders came out in the same formation. Bush took the snap and went over left guard, but was stopped again by Johnson for no gain.

“That timeout was not why we missed it; it had nothing to do with that,” said Raiders head coach Hue Jackson. “Because they saw it isn’t what stopped it. They had linebackers show up and our pulling guard didn’t get a chance to get a little bit further than what he needed to and they stopped us.

“They stopped us and they won.”

Said Haley: “They came out and gave us a different look (Wildcat formation.) Guys stepped up and did a great job. I take my hat off to Romeo and the entire staff having our guys ready for anything. Defense did a terrific job overall.”

It was definitely the type of goal line stand that does wonders for a defense’s confidence.

“They tried and tried and we got great push up front and it allowed the linebackers to make plays,” said Johnson, who led all tacklers in the game with a total of 13, a dozen of those solo stops.

2 Responses to “Play(s) of the Game – Chiefs vs. Raiders”

  • October 24, 2011  - Slide says:

    D.J. was awesome on that stand, maybe the best 4 plays in a row for his career. If it wasn’t for him on 2nd and 4th down, Bush would’ve scored (and he’s not an easy guy to take down); he also was instrumental on 1st and was heavily involved on 3rd down as well. Way too lead!

  • October 24, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    D.J.’s stops were as good anything I can remember in Chiefs history. There have been impressive single hits, but to put those stops together in a goal line stand in a game where he dominated was as good a single game performance as any in Chiefs history. D.J. elevated himself to the level of the best of the best Chiefs LB’ers. When D.J. plays his best football, he makes me think of Bobby Bell. Not saying D.J. is Bell, but when D.J is at his best, he displays an athleticism that is rare.

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