KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charles Woodson walked off the field one last time Sunday, his sterling career spent mostly with the Raiders coming to an end exactly where it began 18 years ago.
It wasn’t just the finale for Woodson, either. It may have been the final game for the Raiders representing Oakland. They are expected to file for relocation to Los Angeles this week.
Unable to protect quarterback Derek Carr, who was sacked a career-high six times, the Raiders’ offense sputtered in a 23-17 loss to the playoff-bound Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.
“It didn’t end like you want it to end, but the great thing about this team is they fought all the way to the end,” Woodson said afterward. “That’s how it goes sometimes.”
Not that relocation was on the players’ minds Sunday. They were focused on finishing .500, which would have matched their best record since 2003 and been a significant milestone in their rebuilding.
“We didn’t win this game, but there was no lack of determination or grit,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “I love that about how we developed, how we can stay in it.”
Meanwhile, the Chiefs (11-5) will turn their attention to a playoff opener in Houston after their franchise-record 10th consecutive victory — all on the heels of a five-game skid.
The Raiders (7-9) accounted for two of those wins.
The Raiders only mustered a field goal on offense until the final minutes, when Carr connected with Michael Crabtree from 31 yards.
They did get the ball back with 1:34 left, but Carr took one final sack that helped time expire.
Carr finished with 194 yards passing, leaving him 13 yards short of 4,000 for the season. Latavius Murray, the AFC’s rushing leader coming in, carried 11 times for just 31 yards, while David Amerson had a pick-six late in the first half for their only other touchdown.
“We sputtered,” said Carr, who hurt his right hand during the game. “Sometimes when we needed it the most, we looked like ourselves. But other times we just looked sloppy.”
The Chiefs led 14-3 when Alex Smith threw interceptions on consecutive passes. The first was picked by TJ Carrie late in the second quarter. Then, after Carr was picked off in the end zone by the Chiefs’ Ron Parker a few minutes later, Smith tossed another pass that was caught by Amerson and returned 24 yards for a touchdown that got Oakland within 14-10. Smith had only thrown five interceptions all season, at one point going 312 passes without one.
“It’s funny how that happens,” he said, “back to back.”
The Raiders got within 23-17 on Crabtree’s touchdown, but their comeback ran out of time.
“I would have liked to walk off the field with a win,” said Woodson, who began his career with Oakland in the same stadium on Sept. 6, 1998. “There’s nothing like going out there between the lines every Sunday afternoon or whatever day you play. I had such a great time doing it.”