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The Oakland Raiders need to make something of their home-field advantage tonight against the favorite to win the AFC West Kansas City Chiefs. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders need to end Chiefs’ divisional dominance to extend season

Asked about the Kansas City Chiefs’ recent mastery over the AFC West,…

 

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass in front of Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Raiders’ divisional title hopes left blowing in the wind

Less than two minutes into the second half on Thursday night, Khalil…

 

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith, left, may be all smiles, but its Aaron Rodgers who’s proven to have the last laugh. (Mike Roemer/AP)

Another all-time great proves pettiness pays

Of the tired Bay Area sports proclamations, “The 49ers should’ve drafted Aaron…

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs against the Chiefs during New England's 27-20 win over Kansas City in the AFC playoffs on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)

Brady one step from Super Bowl homecoming

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took off for the end zone and…

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs against the Chiefs during New England's 27-20 win over Kansas City in the AFC playoffs on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gestures during a post game news conference following an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 20-10. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Belichick: Surging Chiefs hard to plan against

There are two Kansas City games on Bill Belichick's mind right now.…

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gestures during a post game news conference following an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 20-10. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) intercepts a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (12) for a touchdown, during the first half  in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In possible farewell, Oakland Raiders lose

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charles Woodson walked off…

Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) intercepts a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (12) for a touchdown, during the first half  in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Cal quarterback Jared Goff (16) and his teammates celebrate after the Bears defeated Air Force 55-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/AP)

Goff declares, 49ers next?

BERKELEY — As the season progressed and records kept falling, Jared Goff…

Cal quarterback Jared Goff (16) and his teammates celebrate after the Bears defeated Air Force 55-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/AP)
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch, foreground, intercepts a pass from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr that he returned for a touchdown during the game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Carr crash: Raiders on life support

They stopped by his stall in a hushed locker room, one teammate…

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch, foreground, intercepts a pass from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr that he returned for a touchdown during the game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Josh Mauga (90) and defensive back Tyvon Branch (27) during the first half in Oakland on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Carr’s 3 picks doom Raiders

OAKLAND — Marcus Peters and Tyvon Branch made the Coliseum feel just…

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Josh Mauga (90) and defensive back Tyvon Branch (27) during the first half in Oakland on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gestures towards fans after the Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After being released from the 49ers, things have been looking up for Smith. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Seems Alex Smith got last laugh, huh?

Funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it? Three years ago, 49ers…

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gestures towards fans after the Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After being released from the 49ers, things have been looking up for Smith. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Charlie Riedel/APRaiders receiver Andre Holmes (18) tries to get around Chiefs safety Ron Parker during the first half of Sunday's game.

Raiders overwhelmed by Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Tony Sparano took over as interim coach…

Charlie Riedel/APRaiders receiver Andre Holmes (18) tries to get around Chiefs safety Ron Parker during the first half of Sunday's game.
Denis Poroy/ap file photoThe Raiders face Alex Smith and the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.

Chiefs look to avoid letdown vs. winless Raiders

Wedged between a pair of games against last season's Super Bowl participants,…

Denis Poroy/ap file photoThe Raiders face Alex Smith and the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
Colin E. Braley/Ap FIle photoAfter many boos and ups and downs

Alex Smith returns to Bay Area to face old team

Alex Smith was booed so many times on his home field at…

Colin E. Braley/Ap FIle photoAfter many boos and ups and downs
Nati Harnik/AP file photoChiefs quarterback Alex Smith was selected with the No. 1 overall draft pick by the 49ers

Chiefs' Alex Smith returns to face 49ers

SANTA CLARA -- Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure…

Nati Harnik/AP file photoChiefs quarterback Alex Smith was selected with the No. 1 overall draft pick by the 49ers
AP Photo/Charlie RiedelKansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City

Smith continues to have hot hand for Chiefs

Eric Berry credits Kansas City’s 4-0 start to the “family feeling” that…

AP Photo/Charlie RiedelKansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City
David Goldman/APNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in favor of adding two wild-card teams

QB Smith one of many new faces making mark on new team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith is still winning in red. He's…

David Goldman/APNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in favor of adding two wild-card teams
Dave Martin/AP file photoEric Wright (30) said he "no longer had the same passion" for the game when announcing his retirement.

Chiefs' Alex Smith gets to square off against former team in 49ers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Now a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs,…

Dave Martin/AP file photoEric Wright (30) said he "no longer had the same passion" for the game when announcing his retirement.
Ben Margot/ap file photoKhalil Mack (52)

49ers defense eager to face Chiefs QB Alex Smith

SANTA CLARA — Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps,…

Ben Margot/ap file photoKhalil Mack (52)
Getty Images File PhotoThe 49ers have been injury-prone this season.

Injuries catching up to 49ers as playoffs approach

Nobody can dispute the incredible fortune that came the 49ers’ way last…

Getty Images File PhotoThe 49ers have been injury-prone this season.
Kathy Willens/AP49ers' backup QB Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick makes his way onto field in key moments

Every week, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis anxiously awaits the game plan…

Kathy Willens/AP49ers' backup QB Colin Kaepernick