Kansas City needs some pity
October 20, 2017 9:15 AM
by Mark Mayer
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If you had the Kansas City Chiefs -3 at Oakland last night, this was the cruelest of bad beats and an instant classic for our Dirty Dozen sadists.
Not once, not twice but three times it appeared the Chiefs would walk off the field with a six-point win and the cover. But two defensive holding penalties led to a pair of untimed downs and on the third try to win the game at the KC 2, Derek Carr and the Raiders saved their season for the moment.
The NFL in general and Thursday night games in particular have drawn criticism for being boring compared to the rising betting interest in college football. Well, that certainly wasn’t the case here. If this were a championship game, it would have been an all-timer.
There wound up being six lead changes in this wacky and wonderful four hours of thrills and chills at Raider Nation where the last second heroics were felt all the way down to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Chiefs had been unbeaten both straight up and against the spread until the past two weeks. The Steelers loss you could pass off as a bad day. This one stung real bad.
Kansas City was in control with a 9-point lead starting the fourth quarter where they were No. 1 in the league in scoring over the final 15 minutes. Instead, they were blanked. Up 6 with just over 4 minutes left, one or two first downs would have salted the game away. Not happening.