Chiefs 23, Raiders 17
Randy Moss delivered the breathtaking big play the Oakland Raiders expected when they acquired him. But when it came time for a potential game-winning drive, the Kansas City Chiefs made sure he wouldn't get free.
Kansas City's defense came through for a second straight week, stopping Oakland at the 10-yard line in the final minutes of a 23-17 victory Sunday night.
Trent Green offset Moss's 64-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter with two long field goal drives for the Chiefs (2-0) in the second half. Moss had only one catch after the touchdown and was nowhere to be found on Oakland's final drive.
"He's going to make some plays. That's Randy Moss," Chiefs safety Sammy Knight said. "Hopefully we can contain him and we did that at the end."
Winning with defense is a welcome change in Kansas City, where a high-scoring offense hasn't been enough in recent years. That led to an overhaul of the defense in the offseason and the results after two weeks have been positive.
After taking a shutout into the final minute of a season-opening 27-7 win over the New York Jets, the Chiefs held off the Raiders when they needed to.
"It's just the second game. We don't feel like we're at our peak yet," cornerback Patrick Surtain said. "But to hold a great offense to 17 points is something you can be proud of. But in no way, shape or form are we satisfied with how we played. We know we can play better."
After Samie Parker's fumble set up a final drive for Oakland, Kerry Collins led the Raiders (0-2) to the 10-yard line with 1 minute 58 seconds to go. On fourth down, Collins looked for Moss but he was covered, so instead he lofted a last-ditch pass to Jerry Porter. Porter leaped and had the ball on his fingertips, but Benny Sapp knocked it away.
"They had some people on him," Collins said of Moss. "I was certainly trying to go his way. They were putting two or three guys on him."
After the Raiders took over on their 36 early in the third quarter, Collins dropped back for a play-action pass. Moss ran past Surtain and then outleaped Knight at the 20 before running it in the rest of the way. He turned back toward the defense as he crossed the goal line and then did a dance move as he celebrated with his new fans. He finished with five catches for 127 yards.
The Chiefs answered with a methodical 15-play drive that was slowed by back-to-back holding calls against Jordan Black after Priest Holmes's 20-yard run set up a first and goal at the 9. A 39-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes made it 20-17 after three quarters.
Green then led Kansas City on an 11-play, 54-yard drive, completing key third-down passes to Parker and Tony Gonzalez to set up a 42-yard kick by Tynes.
Green was 18 for 28 for 238 yards, and Holmes ran for 75 yards and a score for Kansas City.
Moss was the last player introduced before the game and received the loudest cheers. He caught an 18-yard pass to set up Oakland's first score, a one-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter by LaMont Jordan.