Chiefs at Raiders score: Patrick Mahomes gets last laugh with winning TD drive in back-and-forth shootout

Sunday night was a shootout from start to finish, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders going blow for blow in an offensive showcase that saw both Derek Carr and Patrick Mahomes light up the scoreboard and stat sheet. Despite a nearly flawless outing from Carr and a balanced Raiders offense, however, it was Mahomes and the visiting Chiefs who came out on top, avenging an earlier-season loss to their AFC West rivals with a 35-31 decision to improve to 9-1 atop the division.

Mahomes and Kansas City's explosive offense needed just over a minute to erase a late Raiders lead, marching 75 yards on seven plays in 1:15 to get the go-ahead touchdown and send their divisional rivals to 6-4.

Here are some instant takeaways from Sunday night's Chiefs-Raiders rematch:

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Why the Chiefs won

Who are we kidding? The answer is obvious: They still have Patrick Mahomes. The electric signal-caller wasn't always perfect Sunday night, with a miscommunication resulting in a red-zone interception and a few iffy deliveries nearly granting Vegas more takeaway opportunities.

But, man, does anyone turn it up a notch in crunch time easier than him? This guy cannot be rattled when he's needed most, and his arm talent, coupled with K.C.'s bountiful array of weapons, completely undid an otherwise inspiring night for the Raiders during the Chiefs' final 75-second scoring drive. Both Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill made it look easy as Mahomes' top safety valves. And Clyde Edwards-Helaire was predictably reliable once again as the effective, if lightly used, lead ball-carrier.

Why the Raiders lost

They needed to be perfect, and they settled for nearly perfect. In other words, Vegas had a really good night, all things considered. But you just can't expect to beat Mahomes and the Chiefs without a Grade-A performance from start to finish, and the Raiders' few hiccups (a stalled red-zone drive, a couple of big-play drops, no apparent coverage plan for Travis Kelce) proved too big to overcome.

Jon Gruden's play-calling was balanced and nearly got the job done, but the run game could've used a bit more cushion. On defense, well, things were far less encouraging: If not for a Mahomes-Demarcus Robinson error, they may not have stumbled into the Trayvon Mullen pick; and most of K.C.'s weapons just ran wild.

Turning point

In a game of twists and turns, during which both the Chiefs and Raiders had a grand time moving the ball up and down the field, this was undoubtedly the moment Patrick Mahomes got his hands on the rock with 1:43 to go. The Raiders had just executed a crisp 12-play TD drive of their own, capped by a nice scoring strike from Carr to Jason Witten that put Vegas ahead 31-28. But simply allowing Mahomes a single set of downs for a potential comeback spelled trouble, and No. 15 fittingly proceeded to unleash a handful of too-easy throws to pull K.C. in scoring distance, sealing the deal with a TD to a wide-open Kelce.

Play of the game

Give this one to Carr, who showed off some elusiveness in the pocket early on to escape the K.C. rush and hit Darren Waller, who was a star for the Raiders yet again, for an important first down:

What's next

The Chiefs (9-1) will continue their road trip in Week 12 with a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3), who will be coming off a slightly shorter week. The Raiders (6-4), meanwhile, will leave Vegas for the East Coast, where they'll square off with the Atlanta Falcons (3-7), who are fresh off a big loss to the New Orleans Saints.

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Season Leaders

passing
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P. Mahomes 4740 YD, 38 TDS, 6 INTS
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P. Mahomes 4740 YD, 38 TDS, 6 INTS
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D. Carr 4103 YD, 27 TDS, 9 INTS
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D. Carr 4103 YD, 27 TDS, 9 INTS
rushing
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C. Edwards-Helaire 181 ATT, 803 YD, 4 TDS
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C. Edwards-Helaire 181 ATT, 803 YD, 4 TDS
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J. Jacobs 273 ATT, 1065 YD, 12 TDS
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J. Jacobs 273 ATT, 1065 YD, 12 TDS
receiving
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T. Kelce 105 REC, 1416 YD, 11 TDS
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T. Kelce 105 REC, 1416 YD, 11 TDS
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D. Waller 107 REC, 1196 YD, 9 TDS
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D. Waller 107 REC, 1196 YD, 9 TDS
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@Raiders via Twitter
November 23, 2020, 4:29 AM

The Chiefs improve to 9-1 and maintain their hold on second place in the AFC, behind only the undefeated Steelers. The Raiders drop to 6-4, tying them with the Ravens and Dolphins. Not sure yet who would win a three-way tiebreaker for the No. 7 seed.

November 23, 2020, 4:27 AM

Carr tries to hit Agholor while he's on the move one more time... but it's picked by Daniel Sorenson. He really played an unbelievable game. Too bad the defense couldn't hold up for him.

November 23, 2020, 4:25 AM
@Chiefs via Twitter
November 23, 2020, 4:25 AM

Well, now Carr is 28 seconds and a timeout to engineer a 75-yard touchdown drive. If he can do this...

November 23, 2020, 4:24 AM

That's Jonathan Abram biting on the idea that Mahomes might run the ball even though they have no timeouts and it's second down, leaving Kelce wide open. Right after he made such a good play, that's a really bad one, showing a lack of awareness.

November 23, 2020, 4:23 AM

How do you lose TRAVIS KELCE in this situation?

November 23, 2020, 4:22 AM
@Chiefs via Twitter
November 23, 2020, 4:22 AM

Mecole Hardman's first catch of the night. He'd been playing way behind Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle, but Pringle left with an injury earlier.

November 23, 2020, 4:20 AM

Tyreek had a first down and gave it up in an effort to pick up more yards. That could end up being important.

November 23, 2020, 4:20 AM

Leaving 1:43 and a timeout for Mahomes is... dangerous.

November 23, 2020, 4:16 AM

Witten got called for the false start that moved the Raiders back initially, and now makes up for it with the touchdown.

November 23, 2020, 4:16 AM

Wow.

November 23, 2020, 4:15 AM

This is going to be a fascinating goal line possession. The Raiders obviously need to score, but they also have incentive to score with as little time left as possible and make the Chiefs use both of their remaining timeouts. The Chiefs either want to allow a score on the first play or not at all, and don't want to use their timeouts, but if they stop the Raiders short of the goal line, they almost certainly have to in order to conserve time for Mahomes.

November 23, 2020, 4:12 AM

I mean another absolutely bonkers throw by Carr. I don't think Agholor actually came down with it but that just means it's first-and-goal on the 1.

November 23, 2020, 4:08 AM

Heads up play by Gabe Jackson to fall on that fumble, even if it mat have been caused by the offside penalty.

November 23, 2020, 4:05 AM

https://twitter.com/Ihartitz/s...

November 23, 2020, 4:03 AM

Carr doing his best Mahomes impression, lofting it up in the air while backpedaling. Great, great throw to Agholor over the middle.

November 23, 2020, 4:02 AM

Just like when Carr called a "James Harden" audible at the line, "Chris Mullin" apparently means run to the left.

November 23, 2020, 4:01 AM
@Chiefs via Twitter
November 23, 2020, 3:57 AM
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