Less than two minutes into the second half on Thursday night, Khalil Mack delivered one of those game-changing plays he’s become so famous for making.
The Defensive Player of the Year hopeful flew in on Alex Smith’s blind side, slipped around his blocker and strip-sacked the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback as Denico Autry recovered the ball at the host’s 18-yard line.
Mack’s forced fumble was one of three turnovers that the Oakland Raiders’ defense and special teams produced deep inside Kansas City territory. The offense only managed to turn that trio of takeaways into a lone field goal on a night when the Raiders lost 21-13 to the Chiefs.
“I feel sick to my stomach,” Carr told reporters at Arrowhead Stadium. “When we put something like that out there on film, it hurts. I can promise you that. I put too much time into this to go and do something like that.”
The loss leaves the Raiders and Chiefs with identical 10-3 records, but Kansas City owns the tiebreaker after sweeping the season series. As a result, the defeat drops the Raiders from the top spot in the AFC West all the way to the No. 5 seed.
“My mindset, I’m pissed right now,” left tackle Donald Penn said after the loss. “I’m mad. We had control [of the division] and we gave it to somebody else. There ain’t that many time we’ve got control like that.”
“I’m pissed right now. I’m pissed.”
Penn had no explanation for the offense’s off-night, which included Carr completing just 17 of 41 passes for 117 yards.
“I don’t know. Like I said, I don’t know,” Penn continued. “Like I said, I’m going to get on the plane and watch [the tape]. I don’t know. I’m not on the plane. I don’t know. But it didn’t flow like it’s usually flowing and I can’t tell you why. I wish I knew.”
After the Chiefs scored all 21 of their points during a six-minute and 26-second burst in the second quarter to pull out to a 21-3 lead, the Raiders grabbed their only touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half.
Latavius Murray, who went for 103 yards on 22 carries, barged through traffic for a three-yard score to send the Raiders into the locker room trailing 21-10.
Even though the Raiders would only put three points on the board in the second half, Penn insisted that he never lost faith.
“I had no doubt. No doubt at all. I had no doubt in my mind that we were going to go down there and score and then go for two and hit it again,” Penn said, referring to the Raiders’ final drive that stalled out after Carr missed Seth Roberts on a fourth-and-six pass. “I had no doubt in my mind.”