OAKLAND -- It’s been a wild third quarter so for. The Chiefs just kicked a field goal to take a 13-7 lead with 9:41 to go in the quarter, but the Raiders are back in this game.
Oakland rookie Jacoby Ford returned the kickoff to start the second half 94 yards to a touchdown.
Kansas City rookie return man Javier Arenas fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Oakland recovered at the Chiefs’ 34-yard line. The Raiders, though, missed a 47-yard field goal, blowing a chance to tie the game.
Oakland’s fortunes started to turn in the final minute of the first half when defensive back Jeremy Ware made an interception in the end zone. It was Matt Cassel’s second interception in five games. The Chiefs were driving in the final seconds and were looking to take a commanding 17-0 lead into halftime when Ware caught the tipped ball.
Kansas City dominated the first half. It has had four potential scores called back on penalties or overturned on a challenge. Kansas City also had a 72-yard Arenas punt return called back on a penalty and a field goal erased because of a penalty.
Oakland did very little offensively in the first half. Oakland had 49 yards of offense. Running back Darren McFadden had 28 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Jason Campbell completed four of 10 passes for 18 yards in the first half and an interception.
The Chiefs, who have the No. 1 run offense in the NFL, have done little on the ground. They had 43 yards rushing on 20 carries in the first half. The two teams combined for 14 penalties in the first half.