KANSAS CITY, Mo. >> Derek Carr could be forgiven for thinking he was due for another miserable day at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Raiders signal caller had never won in six tries in Kansas City, and his quarterback rating is so low it became his personal house of horrors. And when Carr threw an early interception Sunday that helped the Chiefs take a commanding lead, well, it seemed as if history was repeating itself.
“I’ve had a lot of sad walks up that ramp,” Carr said later, “but you know what? Not today.”
Instead, the oft-criticized quarterback steadied his shaky team, outplayed Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and led the Raiders to a 40-32 victory. Carr finished with 347 yards and three touchdowns passing. Perhaps fittingly, he executed the quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 that clinched the win.
“I think we’re back a little bit,” Carr said with a smile, “but we have to win football games against these guys to make it a rivalry.”
The game was tied at 24 after three quarters and could have gone either way. But with the high-powered Kansas City offense sputtering, the Raiders got the go-ahead touchdown from Josh Jacobs, a field goal from Daniel Carlson and an interception of Mahomes on fourth down to set up Jacobs’s second TD.
Mahomes quickly answered with a TD and 2-point conversion. But the Raiders (3-2) recovered a squib quick, Jacobs rumbled for a first down as the Chiefs (4-1) burned timeouts, and Carr’s sneak sealed it.
Mahomes spent the entire game trying to escape the Las Vegas pass rush, which manhandled the Chiefs. He finished with 340 yards passing and two touchdowns.
“You know, we just didn’t execute at a high enough level,” Mahomes said. “We weren’t running plays the right way and I wasn’t finding the right reads, and that carried over and we didn’t play the second half the way we wanted to.”