Rich Gannon and the Oakland Raiders got the sweetest revenge they could--keeping the Kansas City Chiefs out of the playoffs.
Rebounding from a 17-0 deficit in a game that had six lead changes, the Raiders beat the Chiefs, 41-38, today on Joe Nedney's 33-yard field goal in overtime. That gave Seattle (9-7) the AFC West title over Kansas City (9-7) because the Seahawks beat the Chiefs twice.
Gannon, a former Chief who got a big ovation before the game, was 25 of 47 for 324 yards and three touchdowns as Oakland won in Kansas City for the first time in 11 games.
Nedney tied the game at 38 with a 38-yard field goal with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. As time expired, Pete Stoyanovich, who was 2 for 2 this season in last-second game-winners, was wide left on a 44-yard attempt.
Gannon, who engineered a five-game winning streak for Kansas City last season, found Rickey Dudley for 21 yards and Tim Brown for 23 yards to set up Nedney's game-winner after the Raiders took the opening kickoff in overtime.
The Chiefs, who led 17-0 before Oakland rallied, took a 31-28 lead into the third quarter with a 13-play, 98-yard drive that included only one completed pass--Elvis Grbac's 15-yard scoring strike to Joe Horn.
The drive took 6 minutes 23 seconds, but the Raiders answered in two plays. Gannon found Brown for a 42-yard gain to the Chiefs 26, and Tyrone Wheatley made a run in which he broke seven tackles and carried Donnie Edwards into the end zone to give Oakland a 35-31 lead.
Grbac put the Chiefs up, 38-35, with a two-play scoring drive, connecting with Kevin Lockett, who beat double coverage by Eric Allen and Charles Mincy on a 39-yard touchdown catch.