Chiefs Can't Contain Ford in Raiders' OT Win

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Chiefs Can't Contain Ford in Raiders' OT Win

Nov. 7, 2010RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO

OAKLAND,Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders gave their fans who came out for thefirst sellout in more than a year plenty to celebrate.Jason Campbell threw a 47-yard passto rookie Jacoby Ford in overtime to set up a 33-yard field goal bySebastian Janikowski that gave the Raiders their biggest win in eightyears, a 23-20 victory over the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs onSunday.Campbell and Ford hooked up on a29-yard pass in the closing seconds of regulation to set upJanikowski's tying 41-yard field goal. The Raiders (5-4) then won it inovertime for their most significant victory since winning the 2002 AFCchampionship. Oakland hasn't had a winning record at any time sincebeing 2-1 in 2004 and not this late since '02.By winning their third straight gamefor the first time since that season, Oakland heads into its bye weekjust a half-game behind Kansas City (5-3) in the division.The Chiefs won the overtime toss butwere unable to generate a first down and the Raiders started theirfirst drive at their 38. Campbell then hit Ford for a deep, divingcatch on the first play. Ford, a fourth-round pick, caught six passesfor 148 yards and also returned the opening kick of the second half fora touchdown.After a short run and a timeout bythe Chiefs, Janikowski came on for the winning kick. As soon as itsailed through the uprights, the Raiders poured out on the field andcelebrated with the first sellout crowd in Oakland since last year'sopener.The talk all week was about therevival of a rivalry that was one of the sport's best for a decadestarting in the 1960s. While the play was sloppy at times with fiveturnovers, 27 penalties and two blown fake punts, the intensity wastop-notch.The Raiders trailed 20-17 when theytook over at their 25 with 2:06 to play. Campbell converted two thirddowns and then hit Ford on a 29-yard pass to the 22 in the closingseconds. Oakland rushed to the line and spiked the ball with 7 secondsleft, setting the stage for Janikowski's tying 41-yard field goal.Kansas City had taken a 20-17 lead ona 20-yard pass from Matt Cassel to Dwayne Bowe with 6:13 to play. Thatscore was set up when Nick Miller muffed a punt and Kansas City'sVerran Tucker recovered at the Raiders 30. It appeared as if Miller'sknee might have been down before the ball came loose, but coach TomCable had already used his two challenges so Kansas City kept the ball.The Raiders had gained just 54 yardswith their only score coming on Ford's 94-yard kickoff return to openthe second half when they took over trailing 13-7 early in the thirdquarter.The offense finally got going asCampbell hit Ford on a 16-yard pass and Darren McFadden followed with a34-yard run. A 16-yard pass to McFadden on third-and-4 moved the ballto the 2 and two plays later Campbell found tackle Khalif Barnes for atouchdown that gave Oakland a 14-13 lead.The Raiders tacked on a 23-yardfield goal by Janikowski after Campbell found Ford on a key third-downconversion for 37 yards. Campbell scrambled to keep the play alive andFord made the catch at the 7 while falling down.Both teams opened up the playbooksearly, with the Raiders running four direct snaps to McFadden in thefirst quarter and both teams failing to convert fake punts.After Rock Cartwright was stopped onOakland's try. The Chiefs appeared to score on a slant pass from Casselto Tony Moeaki on third-and-2 from the 6.Cable challenged the call and won itwhen replays showed Moeaki's knee went down at the 1. Instead of givingthe Chiefs a first down, the officials originally called it fourth andgoal from the 1. After a holding call on Kansas City, the officialscorrected the down and the Chiefs had first-and-goal at the 11.Tucker made an acrobatic catch inthe back of the end zone on the next play to give Kansas City the lead.Cable challenged that call and lost it, meaning Oakland was out ofchallenges with 14:31 left in the half.The Chiefs added a field goal fromRyan Succop after McFadden lost a fumble to make it 10-0 and could havehad an even bigger lead at the half but had a touchdown and field goalerased by penalties. Cassel also threw an interception in the end zonein the final minute of the half.

NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

PHOENIX – Fans won’t see special teams players leaping over the long snapper in an attempt to block a field goal or extra point. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor made some big plays with that technique, but won’t have the chance anymore.

The NFL outlawed that option on Tuesday as one several rule changes enacted at the league meetings.

“There are some safety concerns,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “that are legitimate.”

The NFL also centralized replay reviews, taking that power away from officials on the field. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino and associates at the NFL’s command center will handle reviews in an effort to add consistency to important calls.

Del Rio hoped replay challenges would be expanded further, but a proposal by Seattle and Buffalo allowing coaches to challenge any play save scoring plays and turnovers, which are automatically reviewed, did not pass.

“I think there are a number of coaches who feel like, if there’s an obvious error, we should have a mechanism to correct it,” Del Rio said. “We catch most of them, so you’re talking about a small percentage. It’s hard to move the needle for such a small percentage. That’s the problem. The fact is, if it’s important enough that we’re willing to use that challenge, we’d like that right and ability. Things happen, and you don’t want to lose a big game, a game that decides whether you advance in the playoffs or make the playoffs and it’s something you could overturn, that you could challenge or change. Why not?”

Here's a list of new rules and bylaws adopted by the league on Tuesday.

Derek Carr to be ready for Raiders offseason activities: 'He's fired up'

Derek Carr to be ready for Raiders offseason activities: 'He's fired up'

PHOENIX – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s rehab from a broken fibula has been smooth and steady. He had surgery to repair a bone broken in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, an injury that essentially killed hopes of a Raiders division, conference or league championship.

Carr’s return to health progressed through the winter, leaving him ready to start playing football again soon.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said at this week’s NFL owners meetings that Carr should be a full participant in offseason activities. The offseason program begins April 17, with a few weeks of strength and conditioning.

The first set of OTAs starts on May 22, and Carr is expected to participate fully in those workouts. There are 12 OTAs followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp that ends June 15.

Barring a setback, the Raiders won’t pull the reins on Carr’s participation during that stretch.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to take it easy,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s fired up. I got to see him working out with the trainers last week before we came down (to Phoenix). He’s doing well. I think he’s really excited about where it is and how the rehab is going. We expect to have him for all the OTAs and everything.”