The Oakland Raiders are lucky there was no snow in the stands. Instead, their frustrated fans showered the field with boos as the Raiders blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead today and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-34.
Cris Dishman scored twice for the Chiefs, on a 47-yard interception return and a 40-yard fumble runback, and Pete Stoyanovich kicked a 44-yard field goal as the game ended.
Kansas City (6-5) broke a three-game losing streak.
The winning 39-yard drive, which included a pass interference call on the Raiders' Eric Allen, began after Oakland's Michael Husted missed a 44-yard field goal. After that miss, Stoyanovich congratulated the Chiefs' defense.
"I went right over to the defense when they sat down after that series, and I told them they could take their pads off, because they were done for the day," said Stoyanovich, who kicked two other field goals. "That's just the way I felt."
It was the second heartbreaking loss in six days for the Raiders (5-6), who were defeated by the Denver Broncos, 27-21, in overtime last Monday.
The Raiders were pelted with snowballs by Denver fans throughout that game, leading to a fracas afterward and misdemeanor charges against Oakland cornerback Charles Woodson for allegedly hitting a fan in the face with a snowball.
"We drive down and try a field goal and miss it, they drive down and try a field goal and make it," Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon said. "That's just the way our season has gone."
Tony Gonzalez caught a 73-yard scoring pass from Elvis Grbac as the Chiefs rallied from a 34-20 deficit at the start of the fourth period.
Donnell Bennett added a two-yard scoring run and Stoyanovich also kicked field goals of 47 and 37 yards as the Chiefs moved within two games of first-place Seattle in the AFC West.
"It couldn't be sweeter than this one," Kansas City Coach Gunther Cunningham said. "You've got to be careful when you go up 14 points. I don't think they were careful. They were careless, and we took advantage of it."