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Week 16 in the NFL

Chiefs are still breathing

Kansas City defeats lowly Oakland, 20-9, to keep faint playoff hopes alive. Raiders are 2-13.

December 24, 2006|From the Associated Press

OAKLAND — A trip to Oakland was just what the Kansas City Chiefs needed to end their three-game losing streak and keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Larry Johnson rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown to help the Chiefs become the first team to beat the Raiders eight straight times with a 20-9 victory Saturday night.

The Chiefs (8-7) need to beat Jacksonville next week and get plenty of help from other teams to make the playoffs, because their 4-7 conference record has put them behind most of the other contenders in the tiebreakers.

"We're not out of the playoffs. We need help," said Jarrad Page, who had two interceptions. "All we can do is win. That's all we can control. We have to win another game at Arrowhead against Jacksonville and hope things go our way after that."

For now, they'll just have to take solace in ending their skid and handing another loss to their longtime rivals, who have never been this low in Al Davis' more than four decades with the franchise.

The Raiders (2-13) have lost eight straight overall and matched the franchise record for losses in a season set when they finished 1-13 in 1962 -- the season before Davis arrived to coach and eventually own the team.

The Raiders could manage only three field goals by Sebastian Janikowski and were held without an offensive touchdown for the seventh time this season. Oakland was outscored, 76-12, in its four prime-time games, failing to score a touchdown in any of them.

Trent Green threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Kennison on Kansas City's opening drive, and the Chiefs mostly relied on Johnson and Raiders mistakes after that.

Oakland turned the ball over five times, including four by Andrew Walter, who started at quarterback in place of injured Aaron Brooks. The Raiders also were without receivers Randy Moss and Jerry Porter, and starting running back LaMont Jordan.

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