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Raiders savor first shutout in 10 years

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OAKLAND -- Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski made five field goals Sunday at the O.co Coliseum, but one would have been enough to beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

In their final home game of the season, the Raiders beat Kansas City 15-0, recording their first shutout since Dec. 28, 2002, when they beat the Chiefs 24-0 at the Coliseum.

The Raiders (4-10) snapped a six-game losing streak. They won for the first time since Oct. 28, when they beat Kansas City 26-16 at Arrowhead Stadium.

"It felt good," Raiders starting strong safety Tyvon Branch said. "We had a rough season, and it was our last home game, so we wanted to go out there and prove to our fans that we're still playing with heart and passion, we're still giving it everything we've got. So this was one of those games, it was like a fan-appreciation game."

The Chiefs (2-12) remained tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record in the NFL.

"I think you saw the game and saw what we were not able to do," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "Offensively, we couldn't get much done at all. Couldn't run the ball, couldn't throw the ball, got into the red zone and couldn't get any points. Defensively, we tried to hang in there, but we missed too many tackles, and on third down, we were unable to get off the field and allowed them to keep drives alive and end up with field goals.

"If there's a bright spot in the game, it's the punter (Dustin Colquitt). He did a nice job. But nice job by one is not good unless you can win the game. We couldn't do enough today."

Raiders running back Darren McFadden carried 30 times for 110 yards, his third 100-yard game of the season. Backup Mike Goodson carried 13 times for 89 yards. The Raiders rushed for a season-high 203 yards.

The Raiders' defense held Kansas City to 17 net yards and zero first downs in the first half. For the game, Kansas City gained just 119 yards and had only seven first downs.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles gained 10 yards on nine carries, while quarterback Brady Quinn went 18-for-32 for 136 yards with a passer rating of 53.6. He was sacked four times.

"It feels really good, especially to dominate like we did on defense," said Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler, who had seven tackles and a sack. "It's the same team we played earlier in the season, and we saw their weaknesses and we took advantage of them. ... We smelled blood.

"We knew they were going to try to rush the ball because they got so much heat from it last (time) for not rushing the ball well. We just knew they would try to rush the ball. We just executed our plays."

When the Raiders beat Kansas City at Arrowhead, Charles carried just five times for 4 yards. His numbers would have been better Sunday, but his 42-yard run in the second quarter was nullified by a holding call on guard Jon Asamoah.

"He's one of those guys when he gets going, he can fly," Branch said of Charles. "So we wanted to see how tough he was, not how fast he was."

Charles said, "I guess their scheme was to stop me. They didn't want to get me going. You know if they get me going, I can just feel comfortable and start doing things my way. That holding call, it got us. They did a good job scheming us and scheming me and scheming the run game."

After building a 9-0 lead in the first half, the Raiders increased their lead to 12-0 on Janikowski's 30-yard field goal with 6:41 left in the third.

At that point, the Chiefs had zero first downs, but they were still in the game.

"It goes back to putting ourselves in third-and-longs," Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki said. "It's pretty hard to get third-and-14."

Quinn's 8-yard pass on third-and-6 to Dexter McCluster gave the Chiefs their initial first down of the game, at their 32-yard line. On the next play, Quinn hit Moeaki for 17 yards, and a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Branch at the end of the play moved Kansas City to the Raiders' 36.

Three plays later, Raiders cornerback Coye Francies was flagged for pass interference on Quinn's deep strike on third-and-10, giving Kansas City first-and-goal from the Oakland 9-yard line.

The Chiefs were close to making it a one-score game, but they came away empty. Quinn threw incomplete to Peyton Hillis on first down. Charles gained 5 yards on second down, and Raiders linebacker Miles Burris broke up Quinn's third-down pass to Moeaki.

The Chiefs went for it on fourth down, but Quinn was flagged for delay of game, making it fourth-and-goal from the 9. Quinn then hit Charles in the right flat, but Raiders safety Matt Giordano cut him down at the 8.

The Raiders took over and drove 69 yards to the Chiefs' 23, setting up Janikowski's 41-yard field goal. That made it 15-0 with 13:27 left to play.

The Raiders' defense made one more great stand after McFadden lost a fumble at the Oakland 18. The Chiefs once again turned the ball over on downs, and they never came close again to scoring.

"It's been 10 years since it's happened here," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of the shutout. "It's extremely hard to shut anybody out. It doesn't matter who they are. I think that's an accomplishment that we take great pride in."

The Raiders outgained Kansas City 198 yards to 17 in the first half but led just 9-0 at the break. Janikowski hit field goals from 20 yards, 50 and 57 yards, the last of the trio coming on the final play of the half.

Oakland's defense dominated the first half. Quinn completed eight of 12 passes but for just 35 yards. He was sacked twice -- once each by defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and Wheeler -- threw an interception and posted a passer rating of 35.4.

Charles, who entered the game as the AFC's leading rusher, carried three times for minus-2 yards in the first half.

Raiders No. 3 quarterback Terrelle Pryor finally made his long-awaited 2012 debut, taking over at the Oakland 15 for the first series of the second quarter. On first down, guard Mike Brisiel was flagged for a false start. Then, after handing off twice, Pryor threw his first NFL pass, but his short toss over the middle to Darrius Heyward-Bey fell incomplete. On the next series, Raiders starting quarterback Carson Palmer returned.

"I wasn't nervous because of all the studying I did," Pryor said. "I wasn't nervous at all. I was excited to get out and lead. Obviously I wish it would have gone different.

"It's a stepping stone, a step. I enjoyed the four plays or whatever it was. I was excited to get in at least."

Palmer finished the game 18-for-29 for 182 yards.

Both Palmer and Pryor were battling a flu bug Sunday, but the Raiders' defense didn't need much help.

NOTES: Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams made his first NFL start, but he suffered a concussion while making a second-quarter tackle. He left the game and didn't return. ... Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly had his first sack of the season. Oakland defensive end Andre Carter also had a sack. ... Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who was reinstated to the 53-man roster Monday after serving a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, was inactive. ... Raiders starting defensive tackle Richard Seymour missed his sixth straight game with a hamstring injury. ... Branch (ankle/neck) started Sunday's game despite missing practice until Friday. ... McCluster started in place of Dwayne Bowe (ribs), who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. ... Kansas City wide receiver Steve Breaston was inactive for the fourth straight game. ... Chiefs rookie Donald Stephenson started at left tackle in place of Branden Albert, who has been slowed by a back injury.
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