NFL Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs vs Las Vegas Raiders

26 December, 2023

On Christmas day, an intense battle took place between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders. It was a tightly contested match, where the Raiders came out on top, defying the critics and pushing themselves up the AFC West rankings.

Game Details

Date and Time: December 25, 2023, 1:00 PM (EST)

Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

Final Score

Kansas City Chiefs: 14

Las Vegas Raiders: 20

Quarterly Breakdown

Kansas City Chiefs

Quarter 1: 0

Quarter 2: 7

Quarter 3: 0

Quarter 4: 7

Total: 14

Las Vegas Raiders

Quarter 1: 3

Quarter 2: 14

Quarter 3: 3

Quarter 4: 0

Total: 20

Game Highlights

The game included a few standout moments that determined the outcome, including:

  1. 7:34′ of the Second Quarter: Isiah Pacheco had a 12 Yd Run for a touchdown, putting Kansas City Chiefs ahead – Chiefs 7, Raiders 3.
  2. 4:55′ of the Second Quarter: Bilal Nichols returned a fumble 8 Yds to score a Touchdown for the Raiders, followed by a failed two-point conversion – Raiders 9, Chiefs 7.
  3. 4:48′ of the Second Quarter: Jack Jones returned an interception 33 Yds for a touchdown, extending Raiders lead – Raiders 17, Chiefs 7.
  4. 2:42′ of the Fourth Quarter: Justin Watson caught a 7 Yd pass from Patrick Mahomes for a touchdown, bringing the Chiefs closer but not enough to win- Raiders 20, Chiefs 14.

Team Performance

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs had a decent game, gaining a total of 308 yards, with 223 yards in passing and 85 yards on the ground. They had 19 first downs and a possession time of 34:18. However, they turned the ball over twice, which had a significant impact on the final result.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders made the most of their opportunities, gaining a total of 205 yards, despite only having 12 first downs. Their strong defense was a major factor in the win, causing 2 turnovers, and scoring 2 touchdowns from interceptions.

Injury Report

Both teams had a handful of injuries. Kansas City Chiefs were without a few key players, including Kadarius Toney and Donovan Smith. On the other hand, the Las Vegas Raiders were missing the likes of Jesper Horsted and Michael Mayer. The impact of these injuries may have affected the game and could shape the teams’ next match-ups.

Division Standings

Despite the loss, the Kansas City Chiefs still remain at the top of the AFC West standings, followed by the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, and lastly, the Los Angeles Chargers.

Upcoming Games

Both teams will eye a victory in their next games as it could be crucial for their playoff hopes. The Chiefs will be looking for a bounce back, while the Raiders will look to build on their victory.


It was a hard-fought battle between the Chiefs and the Raiders. The Raiders’ displayed a commendable performance, outdoing the Chiefs despite being the underdogs. Their defense was key, with two interceptions returned for touchdowns setting the stage for victory. Despite the loss, the Chiefs remain at the top of the standings, but they will want to address their issues to regain their winning momentum.

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