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12/16/2012 8:49 PM EST
Raiders shut out Chiefs 2nd time ever, 15-0
OAKLAND 15, KANSAS CITY 0

By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The defense dominated, the running game
clicked and the Oakland Raiders finally ended up on the winning
end for the first time in seven weeks.



If only the Raiders could play the Kansas City Chiefs more
often.



Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals, Darren McFadden
rushed for 110 yards and the Raiders shut out Kansas City for
the second time ever, beating the Chiefs 15-0 on Sunday.



"It's extremely hard to shut anybody out. It doesn't matter who
they are. That's an accomplishment that we take great pride in,"
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I think it's huge. Our guys
needed something where they get a little bit of confidence."



The Raiders (4-10) overwhelmed the undermanned Chiefs (2-12) to
snap a six-game losing streak. Sandwiched around those losses
are two wins over Kansas City, a rare bright spot in this
disappointing season in Oakland.



There has been little to cheer for this season for the Chiefs,
who have lost 10 of 11 games and are tied for the second most
losses in franchise history behind a 2-14 mark in 2008. Kansas
City's only win since September came the day after linebacker
Javon Belcher killed his girlfriend before committing suicide at
the team's practice facility.



"Offensively we couldn't get much done at all," coach Romeo
Crennel said. "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."



About the only bright spot from this loss is it kept Kansas City
in the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick. The Chiefs and
Jaguars are tied with the worst record in the NFL with two weeks
remaining.



This matchup between two old AFL rivals lacked the meaning many
of the past meetings had with both teams entering the game with
at least 10 losses for the first time ever.



The quality of play matched the poor records for much of the day
as the Chiefs took nearly 40 minutes to earn their initial first
down of the game and the Raiders failed to reach the end zone.



But strong running by McFadden and Mike Goodson giving the
Raiders a season-high 203 yards rushing, Carson Palmer playing
turnover-free for the first time since September and the Raiders
dominating defensively, Oakland came out on top.



"It just feels great to be able to go out there and run the ball
the way we did," McFadden said. "We did a great job running and
the offensive line did a great job. Just a good all-around game
for us."



The Raiders held Jamaal Charles to 10 yards rushing on nine
carries, giving him 14 yards on 14 carries in two games against
Oakland this season. Brady Quinn was 18 for 32 for 136 yards and
an interception as he missed injured receiver Dwayne Bowe.



Kansas City's best play was a 42-yard run by Charles that got
called back by a holding penalty on guard Joe Asamoah.



"That was kind of how the day went," Quinn said. "We'd have a
big play like that and a penalty. A guy wide open and a dropped
ball or I wouldn't be able to have time to throw it. We just
weren't able to sustain any sort of consistency the entire day."



The Chiefs finally got a first down with just more than five
minutes remaining in the third quarter when Dexter McCluster
fought for 8 yards on a catch on third-and-6. Two penalties by
Oakland gave Kansas City 42 yards and helped set up Kansas City
with first-and-goal from the 9. But the drive stalled when
Charles was tackled at the 8 by Matt Giordano after a short
catch on fourth down.



Kansas City also failed to capitalize on a fumble by McFadden
that Justin Houston recovered at the Oakland 18. An offensive
pass interference and four straight incompletions by Quinn gave
the ball back to the Raiders and helped seal the shutout.



The last time the Raiders recorded a shutout came in the 2002
regular season finale when they beat Kansas City 24-0. That was
also the only other time they shutout the Chiefs in this long
rivalry.



"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," safety Tyvon Branch said. "So this was one of those
games, it was like a fan appreciation game."



The fans even got to see third quarterback Terrelle Pryor for
the first time all season. He entered to cheers on the first
series of the second quarter. The former Ohio State star player
handed off on his first two plays and threw an incompletion on
third down before Palmer returned to the game.



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



NOTES: Kansas City was held scoreless for the first time since
Dec. 12, 2010, at San Diego. ... The Raiders won a game without
a TD for the first time since a 15-13 win against San Diego in
2000. ... The 119 yards allowed by the Raiders are the fewest
since they gave up 93 to the Chargers in a 6-0 win in 1975.



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