The Chiefs looked like the September Chiefs vs. the Raiders

The Chiefs looked like the September Chiefs vs. the Raiders

The Chiefs looked like the September Chiefs vs. the Raiders

The Kansas City Chiefs rescued their season from the brink Sunday, their victory over the Oakland Raiders guided by a most unlikely set of heroes.

The Kansas City Chiefs shook off the absence of All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters with one of their stronger defensive outings of the season Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium, knocking off the Oakland Raiders 26-15 and remaining atop the tight AFC West race.

That was exactly the case in a 26-15 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 14. Such numbers would be solid for most wide outs, but not Cooper, who established himself as one of football's most unsafe play-makers over the first two years of his career.

Now Carr would end the day with 211 yards and a touchdown (plus two picks), but a lot was in garbage time.

So did Kansas City's offense, which produced for the second straight week as offensive coordinator Matt Nagy called the plays. Carr threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns that day, including the winning toss to Michael Crabtree on the final play of the game. The Chiefs entered the game without Peters, who received a one-game suspension from head coach Andy Reid for incidents that occurred during and after last week's game against the New York Jets. Starters Terrance Mitchell and Steven Nelson played that well.

Following a first quarter field goal, the Raiders gave up their lone first-half touchdown when rookie running back Kareem Hunt got over the goal line up the middle, giving the Chiefs the early 10-0 lead. But the Raiders offense couldn't do anything with it once again, going three-and-out and punting the ball back to Smith.

That streak finally ended Sunday with 116 yards rushing, 22 yards receiving, and a 1-yard touchdown run.

NOTES: Oakland WR Amari Cooper left the game after aggravating an ankle injury midway the rough second quarter.

The injury was a re-aggravation of what kept him out of Week 13's game. Tyreek Hill posted 911 yards and six touchdowns in 60 receptions while Travis Kelce added 871 yards in 66 catches.

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