NEW YORK: Derek Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to spark the Las Vegas Raiders over previously unbeaten Kansas City, 40-32, and snap two epic NFL droughts.
Carr had an 0-6 record at Arrowhead Stadium — losing by an average of 17 points — and the Raiders had lost seven consecutive games in the home venue of the reigning Super Bowl champions, but both those hoodoos were broken in the high-scoring duel.
“We stayed together, we played with confidence and we cut it loose from start to finish,” Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby said.
Carr completed 22-of-31 passes while Josh Jacobs rushed 23 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
“We knew what we were capable of,” Carr said. “We were [down] 14-3 at 1 point and a few years ago we would’ve been down about that. Now we say we can make that up in a few plays.”
The Raiders improved to 3-2, one game behind the 4-1 Chiefs in the AFC West division.
The Chiefs and Raiders were level 24-24 at halftime but Vegas defenders forced three straight punts and Jeff Heath intercepted Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes to set up a Raiders touchdown.
“It speaks to the kind of guys we have on this team,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “We’ve brought in guys who have an edge and who want to compete.”
Mahomes completed 22-of-43 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score, but the Chiefs suffered their first loss since last November at Tennessee.