KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a special thrill that never gets old no matter how many times Morten Andersen does it.
Andersen kicked the 31st game-winning field goal of his career Sunday, a 35-yarder that barely cleared the crossbar with four seconds left to give Kansas City a 27-24 victory over Oakland.
"It is truly an adrenaline rush," said Andersen, at 43 the second-oldest player in the NFL. "I think it's 31 now for me in 22 years. When you get them, it's special and it's a rush. It's like no other rush of adrenaline you can have."
A boneheaded blunder by Oakland's Phillip Buchanon and a great play by Chiefs quarterback Trent Green set the stage for Andersen's 500th regular-season field goal, which kept the Chiefs (10-1) one game ahead in the race for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. The Chiefs also can clinch the AFC West title next week if they beat San Diego, and Denver loses to Oakland.
Buchanon returned Jason Baker's punt 27 yards deep into Chiefs territory with about four minutes to go, but then ripped off his helmet and ran toward the stands. Out came the penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, pushing the Raiders (3-8) back 15 yards to the Kansas City 41.
When their drive stalled, Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 41-yarder for a 24-24 tie with 2:18 left.
Then Green brought the Chiefs back down field and on fourth-and-14 hit Marc Boerigter -- who was being covered by Buchanon - for 16 yards.
"What a play by Trent," Andersen said. "If he doesn't make that play, we're probably in overtime."
The Chiefs were almost laughing at Buchanon.
"I must say we needed that one," said R-Kal Truluck, who had one of the Chiefs' three sacks of Rick Mirer. "They get (a touchdown) there, it makes it rough. Fortunately, that 15-yard penalty made a difference."
Buchanon was smiling when he met briefly with reporters.
"It was a tough game to lose," Buchanon said. "I didn't do enough for us to win. That's how it happens."
But Jim Otto, the Hall of Fame center who is now Oakland's director of special projects, was overheard in the locker room repeatedly calling Buchanon's action "stupid."
"The guy can't make a tackle. Can't play defense," Otto said.
Oakland coach Bill Callahan noted that Buchanon is a second-year pro.
"I think he's learning, and these are hard lessons to learn," Callahan said. "You can't do the things you've normally done in college when you come in here."
After Andersen's 42-yard field goal gave the Chiefs a 24-14 lead, Jerry Rice caught a milestone TD pass to make it 24-21.
Mirer, under pressure, snapped a pass over the middle and Rice caught it about the 20, beating Eric Warfield and speeding into the end zone with reception No. 1,500 and TD catch No. 193, both NFL records.
The Raiders, who have lost eight players to season-ending injuries, got their first two touchdowns on Mirer's 13-yard run and a tackle-busting 15-yard run by Tyrone Wheatley that made it 21-14 in the third.
Green answered Mirer's TD by completing five straight passes in a six-play, 69-yard drive, flipping a 1-yard TD pass to Jason Dunn with 22 seconds left in the half.
On the Chiefs' second possession of the game, Priest Holmes took a pass in the right flat and went 36 yards to the 25. Then Derrick Blaylock took a wide pitch on the next play and sped into the end zone.
After stopping the Raiders on fourth down, the Chiefs marched 68 yards to take a 14-0 lead on Holmes' 2-yard run. Holmes, who leads the NFL with 15 TDs rushing, had 91 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. He went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the third straight year.
Oakland safety Derrick Gibson was carefully loaded onto a stretcher and removed from the field in the second quarter. The Raiders later said tests were negative and an MRI was scheduled. He had feeling and movement in all his arms and legs.
The Raiders called a timeout as Andersen prepared to kick, playing right into his hands.
"The timeout afforded me extra time to pick out a target in the stands," he said. "It helps me. I keep telling them that and they keep calling it."
- The victory tied the Chiefs' record of 11 straight home wins -- a streak that started with last year's win over Oakland.
- Linebacker Mike Maslowski, nursing an assortment of injuries, became the first Kansas City starter to miss a game this season.
- Tim Brown had seven catches for 50 yards and needs only 44 receptions to pass Cris Carter into second place on the NFL's career list.
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