Dream Turns Nightmare as Chiefs Fall In OT

From Arrowhead Stadium

Starting in 1960, the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs have met every year, 105 times in all and many of those contests are among the most classic games in pro football history.

On this Christmas Eve Saturday, game No. 106 was anything but classic … until the final two minutes.

Sebastian Janikowski’s 36-yard field goal in overtime gave the Raiders a 16-13 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

In the AFC West, the NFL’s most mediocre division, the winning Raiders were left with tangible post-season dreams and their 8-7 record. Division leader Denver was beaten by Buffalo, moving the Broncos record to 8-7 as well. The loss left the Chiefs 6-9 and out of any contention for a spot in the AFC playoffs. No matter what happens in the last game next Sunday in Denver, they will finish the season with a losing record.

Here’s our coverage – also, we’ll be adding some stories on Sunday morning, giving us a chance to enjoy some of Christmas Eve with the family.

18 Responses to “Dream Turns Nightmare as Chiefs Fall In OT”

  • December 24, 2011  - Rick says:

    Special teams cost us the game. Hoffman should be fired, his units played like crap when we needed them to step up.

    Everything was there today, since both Denver and San Diego lost today, but no, we had to play down to Oakland’s slimy level and lose a joke of a game in OT.

    Clark needs a kick in the Jimmies over this debacle.

  • December 24, 2011  - Chuck says:

    You can’t blame Clark. That would be ludicrous. We had a ton of penaltys. Look it up in the box score. Atleast we will pick a little higher in the draft, so try to find a bright spot there somewhere.

  • December 24, 2011  - ED J says:

    Yeah i’m very pissed. How can you allow to blocked field goals. I don’t remember last time Chiefs had one blocked field goals let alone 2. Bring in Mcdaniels as OC because Muir play-calling stinks in redzone. All these big receivers and you can’t dial up one fade right. This one hurt especially now knowing we could’ve been playing for division next week. NO question o-line is priority #1 in offseason. Orton good enough to start next season. But all the penalties by the usual suspects Richardson and Pope. ridiculous. Pioli needs spend money upgrade o-line, backup safety, and linebacker this offseason.

    Owe and go ahead and pay Bowe and Carr what are we waiting on we’re 30mill under the cap

  • December 24, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    We had it all set up. The Broncos lost, the Chargers are going to and we had plenty of opportunities against the Raiders. Unfortunately in a year when we’re in the worst division in football our organization didn’t do enough to prevent us from being the worst team in the worst division. To paraphrase the last line of an old song, “Oh well, maybe next year.” Merry Christmas Bob and Chiefs fans everywhere.

  • December 24, 2011  - el cid says:

    At least we get to look forward to the new, newChiefs. Coaching changes, player additions, then the 2012 season starts. I can see lots of disagreements on what we have, need, and eventually get.

    Have a Merry Christmas and rest up, next season will be a bumpy ride and face it, we are the worst in the AFC West so there is no where to go but up.

  • December 24, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Just got back from Arrowhead.
    So Edj, have you watched the DVR yet?
    After today, uh, no thanks when it comes to signing Orton. Geez, now we know why the Bears and Donkees dumped him. Is he allergic in the Red zone?
    2 intentional groundings…can you say panic?
    That INT in the end zone was just pathetic. Is he blind?!?! Plus a weak under throw.
    The other pick he did the stare down which the DB read plus it was under thrown.

    Another key play was when the Statue had to scramble for a first down and flopped like a fish instead of battling for it. When Battle didn’t get it on 4th down that cost us 3 points.

    I am so angry and disappointed. It was all set up! Just some average QB play today and next Sunday would have been the AFC West Champ Game.

  • December 24, 2011  - ED J says:

    Dude are you Chiefs fan or Cassel fan? really!!! First off he did throw for 300 yards secondly our offense been at bottom of scoring all yr. Especially when Cassel was in there through 1st 3 games when we avg abismal 9pts per game. Bottom line we need Oc.. Orton did lead team downfield only to get field goal blocked again. Still say with little time Orton been here he has had more production out of our passing game than Cassel has all yr. I wish Cassel better Qb but truth is he is not good in 3 yrs he hasnt beat a good to elite Qb since he been here. I look forward to us playing spoiler next week.

  • December 24, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Dood- Edj- Dood- Cassel didn’t play today. Get that DVR fixed Dood. You didn’t recognize the 4 screen passes last week. Now this week you think it’s Cassel’s fault Orton crapped down his leg today.
    You are seriously obsessed with hating Cassel, Dood.

    Btw- I had season tickets for 31 years before Cassel was a Chief. Have you ever been to Arrowhead?
    Dood ;)

  • December 24, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Merry Christmas, Bob and all visitors to this great Chiefs site.

    We all have our ideas on what would make a Happy New Year, and I look forward to many smart/heated exchanges in the near future as we try to figure out “The Chiefs Way.”

  • December 25, 2011  - Michael says:

    It never changes. The team wins and the players and coaches are the greatest of all time, and the future is nothing but lollipops and rainbows. The team loses, and the players and coaches are deadbeats, and the future is nothing but a dark abysss. Even Bob gets swept up in the hyperbole-”Dream turns to Nightmare.” C’mon, man, calm down.

    It was a sloppily played, close game the Chiefs could have won, but they did a few more dumb thngs than the Raiders so the lost. The way this year has gone, the Chiefs were lucky to be hanging on to a sliver of hope for the playoffs this late in the season anyway. The AFC WEST is filled with teams with some talent, but also with some issues, and is there for the taking in 2012. How many think the Raiders or Broncos will do much damage in the playoffs this year? I’m still thinking about RAC being the Chiefs next head coach, but still thinking yes. The team does play hard for him, and will benefit from the continuity. They do need a new OC and special teams coach, though. I still think Orton should be signed to compete with Cassel for the starting QB job next year. He was playing his SECOND game with the team. Let’s see what he can do with an offseason and a training camp. Chiefs have some talent, too, but I still think Pioli better have a good draft, and he better sign some depth “the Chiefs way.”

  • December 25, 2011  - RW says:

    Whew! Bob is swinging with titantium shafts. Jr. Hunt and Pioli had best be ducking their heads! Let’s face it, the Chiefs weren’t good enough or a worthy playoff caliber team. Had they squeaked in, it would have been another quick one and done exit so I’m not all that worked up about what might have been.

    Now, when they were 13-3 with the #1 seed and lost to the Colts in the first round, I was considerably worked up. This time? I got about what I expected.

    So, Orton has a subpar game and Romeo is not a miracle worker. I still like this tandem better than Cassel/Haley but realize an upgrade would be better yet. Realistically, given the misery ways of Hunt Jr., I think Orton is gone, Romeo will be named head coach, Pioli retained and a NT will be taken with the first round pick. The fans will be sold on the wonderful potential of Stanzi and it wouldn’t surprise me to have the front office spin the Palko story forward for another season.

    Some key player contracts are up for renewal or release and I sense a jailbreak there. Lots of lumps of coal going into the Christmas stocking but maybe Hunt Jr. will sell the team and get the hell out. That would be the best gift of all.

  • December 26, 2011  - James says:

    It’s been a very frustrating season. Lock out, injuries, coaching issues, lack of a franchise qb and this latest loss to the raiders. Time to look forward to free agency and the draft. I’m okay with Crennel as HC but please let Muir and Hoffman go.

    I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and may you all enjoy good health and prosperity in the coming new year.

  • December 26, 2011  - ED J says:

    I don’t live in KC but have been Arrowhead. I don’t hate anyone. I certainly don’t have reason to dislike Cassel. He’s good kid a competitor works hard but does thing alone don’t make him a good QB. He’s ok. Would make a fine backup but long term starter NO. Our passing game has been at bottom of the league in yards, touchdowns, etc since he’s been here. He hasn’t outplayed a good to elite QB since he’s been here. So no I don’t have anything against the guy if anything you’re the one who blindly defends him because you’re related to the guy. And you don’t have argument in his defense. I presented fact of how anemic this offense was with him under center this yr and how much more productive its been with Kyle in there. Kyle’s take less sacks thrown for more yards with same guys Cassel has played with last 2yrs. Seriously why would we bring Cassel back to compete. I’m for either allowing Stanzi to compete or bringing in someone else. Cassel hasn’t done anything to earn another chance here as Kc starter. When Charlie Weis doesn’t believe in you what does that tell you about the guy. He’s the reason most Chiefs fans said he struggled after he left. But as I provided on different blog of Bob’s. He clashed with Haley over fact he didn’t think kid could cut it. So I know he your family and all can’t blame you for defending the guy but we don’t have to agree with your blind faith in the man.

    As for Orton we’re not going be in position to get better QB in draft since Barkley going back and now maybe even Landry Jones. So IMO allow Orton come back have Stanzi compete with the man go from there. Let Cassel go somewhere and finish his career out as a backup.

  • December 26, 2011  - ED J says:

    OH one last thing you mention screen passes at least there working. When cassel ran them they got stuffed majority of the time. I also remember alot complaints about o-line when cassel was under center seems to have went away with better QB in the game. Like i’ve said before with a good to elite QB he makes entire team better.

  • December 26, 2011  - el cid says:

    Pretty weak EDJ, Payton Manning makes the Colts look playoff calibre when he plays. Of course, an elite QB make all the difference but when you do not have one US or have a injured one COLTS, what do you have? Give me a strong defense and a strong offense and you are ahead of the game.

    That said I just do not see the Chiefs doing any of that this next year. We will have to live with a new HC and coaches, new skemes, a few new players. Looks like we will have to live with Cassel. Next year will be one of growth, not winning and playoffs. Maybe that elite QB will get here in 2013.

  • December 26, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    In an attempt to have a reasonable discussion:
    Is Matt Ryan an “elite” QB? Because I’m watching him get his A$$ kicked 13-31 at NO right now. He has more weapons than KC that’s for sure.
    Cassel is not an “elite” QB either, IMO. But he doesn’t suck like the haters claim. When he had a decent OC and O-line with a few weapons he has been effective.
    McDaniels was his OC in ’08 when he had 21 td/ 11 int/ 89.4 QBR/ 11-5 record.
    Weis OC ’10 = 27 td/ 7 int/ 93.0 QBR/ 10-5.

    All I’m saying that as a Season Ticket Holder I want to be in the hunt every year and my dream is to win a home playoff game. Anything after that is gravy for my $4500 yearly investment. We can do that with Cassel IMO.

    We have DESPERATE needs at O-line, I think we all agree. IMO, we can win the West if we fix the O-line, improve the interior D-line, ILB, depth at safety and everywhere else, get healthy Charles, Berry, Moeaki.

    To win a Super Bowl we need to have a team good enough and a QB as good as Eli Manning/ Big Ben. OR a QB as GREAT as Peyton Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers.

    As I just watched Brees break the single season passing record, does anyone know how many Super Bowl rings Dan Marino owns?
    My point is that it takes more than the best QB I’ve ever seen (Marino) to win a Super Bowl.

    I want the gaping holes in our Chiefs to be filled before we spend a high pick or more big money replacing a playoff QB.

    Please read up on Orton’s career, there’s a reason 2 NFL teams have dumped him and we saw that vs. Raiders.

  • December 28, 2011  - ED J says:

    You said that about Orton but his and Cassel numbers are the same. As for Matt Ryan he has led his team to winning seasons every yrs he has been there. To add i said good to elite. Cassel IMO is avg. He had great system in New England which made him look decent still took way too many sacks. Then in Kc had one good season managing the game. When ask to make plays couldnt do it. And i dont see Matt Ryan losing to Qb completing two passes. So try to defend that one

  • December 28, 2011  - ED J says:

    Key word guys good to elite that means either or. I dont think Cassel is good or elite. I think Orton is good Qb you can win with when he has weapons at his disposal . As for oline you cychief go to games apparently you watch cheerleaders. Because how many sacks have Orton took since he been behind same oline uh 0. Which shows when better Qb is in there makes whole team look better. Im not saying we dont need make improvements at oline and other postions you mention i jus dont cassel under center rather have Orton

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