The Las Vegas Raiders scored two defensive touchdowns for the second straight week, including a pick-six of Patrick Mahomes, as they upset the Kansas City Chiefs 20-14 at Arrowhead on Christmas Day.
Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols returned a fumble eight yards for a touchdown, before Jack Jones took an interception 33 yards for another score seven seconds later as the Raiders (7-8) snapped a six-game losing streak to the Chiefs.
Kansas City (9-6) squandered an opportunity to clinch the AFC West for the eighth consecutive year with one of their worst performances of the Mahomes era.
Along with two defensive touchdowns, Harrison Butker missed a chip-shot field goal, penalties and dropped passes were again a problem, and twice they failed to convert on fourth down in the second half.
The Chiefs had a chance after Mahomes hit Justin Watson for a touchdown with 2:42 to go. But on the ensuing possession, the Raiders’ Zamir White got loose for a 43-yard gain, picking up a first down that allowed them to run out the clock.
Mahomes finished 27 of 44 for 235 yards and an interception; he nearly threw a second but it was overturned upon review.
The Raiders, playing without injured running back Josh Jacobs, won despite a dismal day from their own offense.
Aidan O’Connell was nine of 21 for 62 yards, never completing a pass after the first quarter, while White had 145 yards on the ground. Malcolm Koonce meanwhile led the way on defense with a career-high three sacks.