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Josh Mauga interception in Oakland led to Chiefs' comeback

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs weren’t required to make a fourth-quarter comeback in any of the first five games of their season-ending winning streak. They had led throughout the final period in all of them.

The Chiefs were finally required to make a comeback on Dec. 6 against the Raiders in Oakland. They trailed 20-14 to begin the fourth quarter before their defense changed the game dramatically.

The Chiefs intercepted Oakland quarterback Derek Carr three times in that final period and those were the key plays as they emerged with a 34-20 victory. Interceptions by linebacker Josh Mauga and cornerback Marcus Peters put the Chiefs inside the Oakland 15 and the offense took advantage of the short field each time by scoring a touchdown.

Safety Tyvon Branch finished off the Raiders by returning his interception 38 yards for the game’s final touchdown.

Mauga’s interception is No. 7 on the list of plays that defined the Chiefs’ season because it was the first of the three interceptions, because his return was the longest and because Kansas City was able to tie the game as a result.

The Raiders were in field goal range at the Kansas City 33 where on second down and 10, Carr was hit by linebacker Dee Ford as he attempted a pass. Mauga had an easy interception and returned the ball 66 yards to the Oakland 2. He would have scored himself had he not run out of energy and slowed down as he neared the goal line.

It didn’t matter because the Chiefs scored two plays later on Alex Smith’s 1-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin. The Chiefs missed the PAT because of a bad snap but that also in the end didn’t matter. The Chiefs had two more touchdowns coming.