Instant Replay: Raiders 15, Chiefs 0

Instant Replay: Raiders 15, Chiefs 0
December 16, 2012, 4:15 pm
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OAKLAND -- For the first time in nearly a decade, the Raiders authored a shutout, beating Kansas City, 15-0, on five Sebastian Janikowski field goals, and thus, ended their six-game losing streak.

A stomach-flu addled Carson Palmer threw for 182 yards on 18 of 29 passing, without an interception, and running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson rushed for 110 and 89 yards, respectively.

Third-string quarterback Terrelle Pryor made his season debut in the second quarter, going three-and-out after beginning with a 1st and 15 on a false start. Pryor threw an incompletion on his lone pass, to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The Raiders (4-10) have swept the Chiefs (2-12) for the second time in the past three seasons. And the last team the Raiders shut out? The Chiefs, 24-0, on Dec. 28, 2002, 24-0.

Oakland limited Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who entered the day leading the AFC with 1,220 rushing yards, to 10 yards on nine carries. In two games against the Raiders this season, Charles had 14 yards on 14 carries.

McFadden labors: When Darren McFadden has struggled this season, he's looked bad. Real bad. But when he breaks a long run, he's breathtaking. In what many observers think could be his final home game as a member of the Raiders -- might he be trade bait this offseason? -- McFadden showed both sides. The bottom line, though, he broke 100 yards for just the third time this season -- against Pittsburgh, at Kansas City and Sunday -- showing no ill effects of the high ankle sprain that kept him out of four games in November and re-aggravated on Dec. 16.

Defensive domination: The Raiders limited the Chiefs to a mere 17 total yards in the first half, and Kansas City did not have a first down until the 5:30 mark of the third quarter. The Raiders also had four sacks of Brady Quinn, including Tommy Kelly's first of the season with less than 11 minutes to play.

Lechler's last home game?: If this was seven-time Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler's final home game as a member of the Raiders -- the 2000 draft pick will be a free agent -- he went out with a boom, literally and figuratively. On consecutive punts in the first half, Lechler went 59 and then 61 yards. With four punts Sunday, he also has punted 1,003 times in his career, joining Ray Guy (1,049) as the only player in NFL history to have at least 1,000 punts with the same team.

War Pigeon returns: Remember the pigeon that was on the field for the Raiders during their upset of Philadelphia on Oct. 18, 2009? He/she/it stayed in its lane on kick coverage that day and another pigeon showed up in the first half. The bird was on the field during plays and, at the half, was captured in a bucket by field personnel as "Free Bird" played over the loudspeakers, and boos rained down from the stands.

Condo feted: Long snapper Jon Condo was awarded the team's Commitment to Excellence Award before the game, in voting by teammates. Former special teams ace Rock Cartwright had won the honor the previous two seasons.

Checking in with the radio crew: As Terrelle Pryor settled under center, he waved for silence from the Coliseum. "Pryor's asking for the crowd to quiet down, but there's not enough people here to make noise."

Up next: The Raiders (4-10) travel cross-country to face the Carolina Panthers (5-9) in each team's penultimate game. The Panthers thumped the Chargers in San Diego, 31-7, on Sunday. Oakland last won a game in the Eastern Time Zone on Dec. 6, 2009, the Raiders going 0-9 in such games since while getting outscored by a combined 315-155, or losing by an average score of 35-17. Since Dec. 15, 2002, when they lost in Miami, 23-17, the Raiders are just 5-26 in games played in the Eastern Time Zone.