Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - It has been a long 368 days for Oakland, but there was finally joy at the Black Hole on Thursday night.
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr led the way as the Raiders put an end to their 16-game losing streak with a thrilling 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Carr's late touchdown pass to James Jones capped off a lengthy drive that proved to be the difference as the Raiders (1-10) won their first game since Nov. 17, 2013 against Houston.
Latavius Murray rushed for two touchdowns and 112 yards on four carries before departing after the first half with a concussion. Carr threw for 174 yards on an 18-of-35 completion rate in the win.
"I can't wait to see my teammates smile," Carr said shortly after the game ended.
Alex Smith completed 20-of-36 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and Jamaal Charles ran 19 times for 80 yards while also adding a receiving score for the Chiefs (7-4), who were coming off a 24-20 win over Seattle.
"We gotta handle this the right way. We gotta build from it," said Smith. "We can regroup and get it together. We still have a lot of time in front of us."
The Raiders put together an impressive 17-play, 80-yard scoring drive that chewed 7:21 off the clock. Carr kept the march alive with a quarterback sneak on 4th-and-1. Mychal Rivera made an 8-yard catch for a first down and a defensive pass interference call moved the Raiders to the Chiefs' 20.
After two short runs from Marcel Reese, Carr moved the chains with a sneak. James Jones made a quick double move and was open in the middle of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown.
De'Anthony Thomas returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards. Frankie Hammond made a 7-yard catch on second down, but Smith threw back-to-back incompletions to turn the ball over on downs. Carr then kneeled to run out the clock.
Sebastian Janikowski split the uprights from 40 yards out to give the Raiders a 17-3 lead with 5:05 to play in the third quarter.
The Chiefs, however, answered back with a 6-play, 60-yard scoring drive to get within a score. Smith completed all five of his pass attempts, with the final one going to Anthony Fasano, who capped the drive with a 19-yard score.
On Kansas City's next drive, Travis Kelce made a 27-yard grab, Dwayne Bowe made a 24-yard catch down to Oakland's 24 and Charles caught a 30-yard touchdown pass over the middle to tie the game early in the fourth.
Oakland failed to get a first down on the following possession and Kansas City seized the lead after Albert Wilson's 23-yard catch placed the Chiefs in their opponents' territory and Cairo Santos kicked a 25-yard field goal for a 20-17 game.
After Kansas City went three-and-out on its first two drives, Oakland got on the scoreboard with an 8-play, 60-yard march. Jones and Brice Butler each hauled in passes of 11 and 10 yards on third down to move the Raiders to their opponents' 11. Murray found the corner and darted down the left sideline for an 11-yard score.
The Chiefs moved into Oakland territory early in the second quarter, but Charles was bottled up for a 12-yard loss and two penalties forced a fourth straight punt.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Murray broke through a hole up the middle and burned multiple Kansas City defenders en route to a 90-yard score for a 14-0 lead.
Denarius Moore muffed Dustin Colquitt's punt and Frank Zombo recovered the ball to set the Chiefs up at Oakland's 11. The Raiders' defense came up big as Brandian Ross broke up Smith's pass over the middle and Kansas City settled for a 24-yard Santos field goal with 7:19 to play in the first half.
Murray's first rushing TD was the first allowed all season by the Chiefs ... Raiders safety Charles Woodson is now the first player in NFL history to record 50 interceptions and 20 sacks ... Janikowski moved into 14th place all- time with 357 field goals, passing Olindo Mare and current 49ers kicker Phil Dawson ... Smith hasn't thrown an interception in six straight games ... Oakland held a Hall of Fame ring ceremony at halftime for punter Ray Guy ... The two teams will play again on Dec. 14 in Kansas City ... Woodson returned his first punt since Oct. 18, 2009 ... Charles now has 10,006 career combined yards to rank third in franchise history.