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Claynus
12-31-2005, 06:10 PM
Yes, it's that time again, folks. Part 17 of our ongoing 2005 series here at Chiefsplanet...

THIS WEEK IN CHIEFS HISTORY

January 2, 2000 (http://slam.canoe.ca/FootballNFL99Games/jan2_kc_oak.html)

OAKLAND 41, KANSAS CITY 38

Chiefs blow lead and kiss playoffs goodbye

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Those 80,000 Kansas City fans who cheered Rich Gannon before the game went home sadly aware of why they've always been so fond of him.

In his first return to Arrowhead Stadium since the Chiefs told him he was nothing but a backup, Gannon led Oakland to a wild, 41-38 overtime victory Sunday that knocked his old team right out of the playoffs.

"I've had a love affair with the fans over the years," said Gannon, a popular backup for Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac from 1995-98 but signed a free agent contract this year with Oakland.

"It's a pretty special place to play. I feel like we've always had a love affair."

The Chiefs (9-7) knew Seattle had already lost to the New York Jets and that a victory in the seesaw regular-season finale would have given them the AFC West championship. But the loss, sealed by Joe Nedney's 33-yard field goal in overtime, plunged them all the way out of the playoffs.

"I tried to tell the young guys you shouldn't ever forget this feeling because you don't get chances to play in the playoffs that often," said Glenn Parker, the Chiefs' 10-year veteran tackle, who played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo. "Your career is very, very short. Remember how bad this feels and vow to get better."

Rebounding from a 17-0 deficit in a game that saw the lead change hands six times before overtime, the Raiders beat the Chiefs for just the third time in 21 games, and the first time in 11 games in Kansas City.

As a result, Seattle (9-7) is AFC West champion because the Seahawks beat the Chiefs twice.

Gannon was 25-for-47 for 324 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders finished 8-8.

Nedney's 38-yarder tied the game 38-all with 45 seconds left. Then in the final seconds, Pete Stoyanovich missed from 44 yards. Ironically, Stoyanovich hit a 44-yarder in the final seconds to beat the Raiders on Nov. 28.

"It was like he got on it a little too much and it went left on him," said punter Daniel Pope, who holds on place kicks. "Nobody can complain about Pete Stoyanovich. He's made enough game-winners."

The Chiefs had at least five major mistakes in special teams. The last one came when Jon Baker pushed the kickoff out of bounds to start the overtime, letting the Raiders begin on their own 40. Gannon, who engineered a five-game winning streak for the Chiefs last year, hit Rickey Dudley for 21 yards and Tim Brown for 23 to set up Nedney's game-winner.

"We won the coin toss and the big play was the kick," Gannon said. "To get the ball on the 40 was huge."

Baker wiped tears out of his eyes when Nedney's game-winner sailed true.

"It was a physical error. I had a job to do and I didn't get it done," he said.

The Chiefs, who led 17-0 before Oakland rallied, took a 31-28 lead in the third period with a 13-play, 98-yard drive that included only one completed pass -- Elvis Grbac's 15-yard scoring strike to Joe Horn.

The drive took 6:23, but the Raiders answered in just two plays. Gannon hit Brown for a 42-yard gain to the 26, and then Tyrone Wheatley made a run that'll make every highlight film, breaking seven tackles and carrying Donnie Edwards into the end zone for a 35-31 Oakland lead.

Grbac put the Chiefs back on top 38-35 by connecting with Kevin Lockett, who beat double coverage from Eric Allen and Charles Mincy on a 39-yard TD catch.

The Raiders, eliminated from contention the week before, looked miserable while falling behind the charged-up Chiefs. The Chiefs led 14-0 before their offense set foot on the field on Tamarick Vanover's 84-yard punt return and James Hasty's 34-yard interception return.

But instead of folding up, the Raiders came storming back with 21 straight points. Given new life on a drive when Derrick Thomas was flagged for roughing punter Leo Araguz, Oakland seized a 21-17 lead with 3:09 left in the half when Napoleon Kaufman turned Gannon's shovel pass into a 22-yard touchdown play.

Grbac engineered a 12-play, 84-yard march, hitting Kevin Lockett for gains of 9 and 21 yards before finding Tony Gonzalez on a 7-yard scoring pass that for a 24-21 lead with :54 left.

The Raiders, looking for their first victory in Kansas City since 1988, needed only 4 plays and 41 seconds to march 60 yards and make it 28-24. Gannon hit Wheatley for 23 yards with 10 seconds remaining in a wild first half.

On Oakland's first punt, Vanover sped 84 yards untouched because there was not a single Raider in the middle of the field. A moment later, Hasty picked off Gannon's bad throw and returned it 34 yards for his second TD of the season.

The Raiders began their rally with a special teams TD of their own when Marquis Walker blocked Pope's punt and Kenny Shedd plucked the ball out of the air and returned it 20 yards for a score.

The Raiders, who had totaled 51 yards on offense to that point, then reeled of 54 yards in nine plays, capped by Gannon's 12-yard TD pass to Zack Crockett that sliced the Chiefs' lead to 17-14.

Notes The Chiefs are 18-3 against the Raiders in the '90s. ... Grbac lost his first game against Oakland in five games as a starter. ... The Chiefs are 16-3 at home in regular-season finales. ... Chiefs linebacker Marvcus Patton got his career-high seventh sack. ... Vanover's punt return for a touchdown was his second of the season and the fourth of his career, tying J.T. Smith's team record. ... Oakland played without starting offensive tackles Mo Collins (knee) and Lincoln Kennedy (calf). ... The 39-yard touchdown catch by Kevin Lockett was the longest reception of his three-year career. ... Leslie O'Neal and Eric Hicks were given a half-sack each for downing Gannon, moving O'Neal into a tie on the all-time list with Lawrence Taylor with 132 1-2 career sacks.


NFL FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL
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OAKLAND 7 21 7 3 3 41
KANSAS CITY 17 7 7 7 0 38 FINAL IN OT

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST QUARTER: KAN - TD, TAMARICK VANOVER 84 YD PUNT RETURN (PETE
STOYANOVICH KICK), 1:57. KANSAS CITY 7-0
KAN - TD, JAMES HASTY 34 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (PETE
STOYANOVICH KICK), 2:14. KANSAS CITY 14-0
KAN - FG, PETE STOYANOVICH 33 YD, 7:29. Drive: 8 plays,
46 yards in 3:25. Key plays: Richardson 24-yard
run on 3rd-and-4 to Oakland 32; Morris Oakland
22. KANSAS CITY 17-0
OAK - TD, KENNY SHEDD 20 YD RETURN OF BLOCKED PUNT (JOE
NEDNEY KICK), 12:11. KANSAS CITY 17-7
2ND QUARTER: OAK - TD, ZACK CROCKETT 12 YD PASS FROM RICH GANNON (JOE
NEDNEY KICK), 6:26. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards in
4:45. Key plays: Kaufman 9-yard run to Kansas
City 41; Gannon 13-yard pass to Mickens to
Kansas City 29; Wheatley 14-yard run to Kansas
City 15. KANSAS CITY 17-14
OAK - TD, NAPOLEON KAUFMAN 22 YD PASS FROM RICH GANNON
(JOE NEDNEY KICK), 11:51. Drive: 9 plays, 52
yards in 3:53. Key plays: 5-yard running into
the punter penalty on Chief's Thomas on
4th-and-5 to Kansas City 42; Gannon 13-yard
pass to Wheatley on 3rd-and-6 to Kansas City
25. OAKLAND 21-17
KAN - TD, TONY GONZALEZ 7 YD PASS FROM ELVIS GRBAC (PETE
STOYANOVICH KICK), 14:06. Drive: 12 plays, 86
yards in 2:15. Key plays: Bennett 7-yard run on
3rd-and-1 to Kansas City 30; Grbac 21-yard pass
to Lockett to Oakland 49; Grbac 11-yard pass to
Gonzalez to Oakland 38; Grbac 19-yard pass to
Gonzalez to Oakland 7. KANSAS CITY 24-21
OAK - TD, TYRONE WHEATLEY 23 YD PASS FROM RICH GANNON
(JOE NEDNEY KICK), 14:47. Drive: 04 plays, 604
yards in 0:41. Key plays: Oakland takes over at
Oakland 40 after kickoff out of bounds; Gannon
19-yard pass to Brown Kansas City 35; Gannon
12-yard pass to Ritchie to Kansas City 23.
OAKLAND 28-24
3RD QUARTER: KAN - TD, JOE HORN 15 YD PASS FROM ELVIS GRBAC (PETE
STOYANOVICH KICK), 11:56. Drive: 13 plays, 98
yards in 6:23. Key plays: Bennett 27-yard run
on 3rd-and-10 to Kansas City 29; Bennett
11-yard run to Kansas City 40; Bennett 9-yard
run to Oakland 39; Richardson 11-yard run to
Oakland 25; Richardson 10-yard run to Oakland
15. KANSAS CITY 31-28
OAK - TD, TYRONE WHEATLEY 26 YD RUN (JOE NEDNEY KICK),
12:57. Drive: 2 plays, 68 yards in 1:01. Key
plays: Gannon 42-yard pass to Brown to Kansas
City 26. OAKLAND 35-31
4TH QUARTER: KAN - TD, KEVIN LOCKETT 39 YD PASS FROM ELVIS GRBAC (PETE
STOYANOVICH KICK), 7:38. Drive: 2 plays, 40
yards in 0:39. Key plays: Vanover 12-yard punt
return to Oakland 40. KANSAS CITY 38-35
OAK - FG, JOE NEDNEY 38 YD, 14:15. Drive: 11 plays, 40
yards in 2:01. Key plays: Gannon 8-yard pass to
Ritchie to Oakland 48; Gannon 7-yard pass to
Ritchie to Kansas City 45; Gannon 9-yard pass
to Crockett to Kansas City 42; Gannon 20-yard
pass to Brown on 4th-and-12 to Kansas City 27;
Gannon 6-for-10 for 60 yards. OAKLAND 38,
KANSAS CITY 38
OT: OAK - FG, JOE NEDNEY 33 YD, 3:13. Drive: 8 plays, 45
yards in 3:13. Key plays: Oakland takes over at
Oakland 40 after kickoff out of bounds; bounds;
Gannon 21-yato Dudley on 3rd-and-11 to Kansas
City 40; Kansas City 40; Gannon 24-yard pass to
Brown to 16. OAKLAND 41-38



TEAM STATISTICS

OAK KAN
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FIRST DOWNS 21 25
Rushing 5 12
Passing 14 13
Penalty 2 0
3RD-DOWN EFFICIENCY 5-18 7-17
4TH-DOWN EFFICIENCY 1-1 0-0
TOTAL NET YARDS 408 429
Total plays 81 78
Average gain 5.0 5.5
NET YARDS RUSHING 106 189
Rushes 30 38
Average per rush 3.5 5.0
NET YARDS PASSING 302 240
Completed-attempted 25-47 20-39
Yards per pass 5.9 6.0
Sacked-yards lost 4-22 1-3
Had intercepted 2 0
PUNTS-AVERAGE 9-43.4 9-34.9
RETURN YARDAGE 105 264
Punts-returns 3-25 6-126
Kickoffs-returns 4-80 7-102
Interceptions-returns 0-0 2-36
PENALTIES-YARDS 5-35 5-33
FUMBLES-LOST 0-0 1-1
TIME OF POSSESSION 33:26 29:47


PLAYER STATISTICS

Missed field goals: Kansas City (Pete Stoyanovich 44).

Oakland rushing: Tyrone Wheatley 17-86, Napoleon Kaufman 9-15, Zack
Crockett 4-5.

Kansas City rushing: Donnell Bennett 20-84, Tony Richardson 8-70, Bam
Morris 9-34, Mike Cloud 1-1.

Oakland passing: Rich Gannon 25-47 for 324 yards, 2 INT, 3 TD.

Kansas City passing: Elvis Grbac 20-39 for 243 yards, 0 INT, 3 TD.

Oakland receiving: Jon Ritchie 8-50, Tim Brown 6-122, Tyrone Wheatley
3-34, Rickey Dudley 2-51, Terry Mickens 2-26, Zack Crockett 2-21,
Napoleon Kaufman 2-20.

Kansas City receiving: Tony Gonzalez 6-56, Joe Horn 4-62, Kevin
Lockett 3-69, Andre Rison 2-20, Tony Richardson 2-9, Derrick
Alexander 1-18, Bam Morris 1-9, Donnell Bennett 1-0.


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That concludes this week's look back in...CHIEFS HISTORY.

VonneMarie
12-31-2005, 06:14 PM
Um, wtf?

KCChiefsFan88
12-31-2005, 06:19 PM
That was also DT's last game

SNR
12-31-2005, 06:24 PM
I've never liked Donnie Edwards after getting assraped by Tyrone Wheatley like that

Deberg_1990
12-31-2005, 08:08 PM
We lost that game because of Jon Baker. Man, i was so mad after that game....