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Raiders Upset Chiefs in Kansas City

Nov. 8, 1963 - Tom Flores passed for two touchdowns and Mike Mercer kicked two field goals tonight to lead the Oakland Raiders to a 22-7 upset triumph over the Chiefs at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. It was the fourth victory in a row for the Raiders, who beat the Chiefs, 10-7, last Sunday at Oakland. Kansas City now has lost five straight games. Oakland scored all its points in the first half. Mercer kicked field goals of 14 and 41 yards, and Flores tossed touchdown passes of 24 and 34 yards to Art Powell. Oakland scored a safety late in the second period when the Chiefs’ kicker, Jerry Wilson, punted from behind his end zone into the goal post. Wilson retrieved the ball and tried to run it out, but Archie Matsos tackled him in the end zone. The crowd of 24,897 booed their own heroes for lack of offense, but the likes of Oakland’s Jack Simpson, Dalva Allen, Jon Jelacic, and Matsos had a lot to do with that. They held the Chiefs, last year’s AFL champions and a touchdown favorite before kickoff, to 77 yards rushing and minus 22 passing. Kansas City did not register a first down in the first half until 11 seconds before the intermission, and not many subsequently. Kansas City quarterback Len Dawson had no luck against the Raiders’ rush. He pitched 23 times and connected for only six, with two intercepted by Simpson and Fred Williamson. Said Raider coach Al Davis: “Control Dawson and you control the Chiefs. He’s the Kansas City key, and that was our strategy — to keep him in misery. The statistics proved we did. As a reward, I’ve given our guys five days off. We have an open weekend before we meet Denver up there November 24.” Coach Hank Stram of the Chiefs put it bluntly: “We were pathetic offensively. This was our worst showing on attack in four years, though I grant Oakland’s alertness made us look sillier than we really were.”



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