The morning action is complete for Week 1 of the NFL schedule, and we had a pair of fitting results for San Francisco 49ers fans. The Oakland Raiders won a wildly entertaining game in New Orleans that might be hard to top this season. Meanwhile the Kansas City Chiefs stormed back to claim a 33-27 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers.
The Raiders trailed the Saints 24-10 in the third quarter, and seemed on the verge of the road knockout. However, they clawed their way back and set themselves up down seven points with just under six minutes to go. They drove down the field and scored a touchdown, but instead of going for the tie, Jack Del Rio had them go for two. Naturally, Derek Carr found Michael Crabtree for a fade to secure the win. It was to the left instead of the right, but that one stings just a little bit. Crabtree almost blew it all with an unsportmanlike conduct penalty after the play, but the Saints missed a 61-yard field goal as time expired.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs were trailing 27-10 with 13:27 left in the fourth quarter. Alex Smith helped guide the Chiefs to 17 unanswered points to force overtime. Smith capped it with a two-yard run for the 33-27 win.
The NFL is off to one heck of a start, and we still have three afternoon games, Sunday Night Football, and two Monday Night Football games, including our San Francisco 49ers. I don’t know if any games will top the Raiders game, but we’ll see what the rest of the day brings.