Penalties and clock management leads to wild finish in Raiders-Chiefs showdown

At some point, the Chiefs kind of shot themselves in the foot on their way to victory.

How many penalties does it take to score a touchdown? Well, if you’re the Las Vegas Raiders, three certainly help in your favor. It also led to one of the best finishes in Sunday Night football this season.

During the team’s second to last offensive drive, the Raiders offense was looking to regain the lead before it became too late. In the end, even with Derek Carr connecting with his targets, it was the Kansas City Chiefs defense that ended up helping out a ton to close things out.

First came the holding call on Bashaud Breeland on holding Nelson Agholor. That would cost them 20 yards as the team declined the penalty. Several plays later, Carr would fumble the ball thanks to pressure by Chris Jones. None of that would matter since Jones was offsides, leading from a third down stop to a 15-yard play and a new set of downs.

The biggest play came in the end zone as Breeland again was caught dragging down Agholor into the ground before the ball could even arrive. After that, Tyrann Mathieu was caught with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Josh Jacobs to put them even closer to the

To make matters worse, Jason Witten would be caught with a false start on the goal line inside the five. The good news for Witten? He made up for it with a five-year touchdown to give Las Vegas a 31-28 lead.

Overall, the team had more than 50 yards in penalties to help Las Vegas claim the lead.

Give it up for Travis Kelce

With the clock now in Patrick Mahomes favor, the Chiefs capitalized quickly. Heading towards the end zone, Travis Kelce hauled in a 22-yard touchdown to give Kansas City a 35-31 lead with second remaining.

On the opening play of the Raiders final drive, Carr thew an interception to Daniel Sorenson, thus cementing victory for the likes Kansas City. Although it was fun, it ultimately cost Las Vegas the win.

But hey, at least it was a wild and crazy finish right?