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Raiders end 16-game losing streak by holding off Chiefs

Oakland fullback Marcel Reece, center, celebrates with fans after the Raiders beat the Chiefs 24-20. (Associated Press)
Oakland fullback Marcel Reece, center, celebrates with fans after the Raiders beat the Chiefs 24-20. (Associated Press)

Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining and the Oakland Raiders snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

Oakland’s Latavius Murray ran for two touchdowns on four carries before leaving the game with a concussion.

The Raiders (1-10) built a 14-point lead, but needed a 17-play, 80-yard drive led by Carr to secure their first win since beating Houston on Nov. 17, 2013.

Alex Smith threw two TD passes for the Chiefs (7-4), who had won five in a row. Kansas City fell one-half game behind Denver in the AFC West standings.

The Raiders scored on 11- and 90-yard runs by Murray in the first half. Sebastian Janikowski added a 40-yard field goal with 5:05 left in the third quarter for a 17-3 lead.

Kansas City countered with touchdown passes by Smith of 19 yards to tight end Anthony Fasano and 30 yards to running back Jamal Charles. Cairo Santos added a field goal with 9:03 remaining before Carr and the Raiders responded with their most clutch drive of the season.

League moves Bills game

The NFL decided to move the Bills’ home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.

More than 5 feet of snow has fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by today.

The storm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions’ facility.

Fitzgerald hopes to play

Arizona’s eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said his injured left knee is “a little better” and that he is optimistic he will be able to play when the Cardinals face the Seahawks on Sunday.

Fitzgerald sprained his left MCL in last Sunday’s 14-6 win over Detroit. He left the game in the first half, but returned and caught a pass for the first down that clinched the victory.

He has played in 110 consecutive games with 71 straight starts, but coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that it was “a little iffy” whether Fitzgerald will be able to go against the Seahawks.

He has not practiced this week.

Patriots add Blount

The Patriots re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut him on Tuesday the day after he jogged toward the tunnel with time on the clock as Ben Roethslisberger lined up for the final snap in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.

This season, Blount ran for 266 yards and two touchdowns but was on the field for just one play Monday night. Last year, he rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. In the postseason against Indianapolis he had 166 yards and four touchdowns rushing.

The Patriots also released defensive lineman Casey Walker.

Peterson seeks change

Adrian Peterson tells USA Today he realizes moving on from the Minnesota Vikings might be best for both sides.

In an interview posted on the newspaper’s website, Peterson said he has strong support from coaches and players on the team. But he also spoke about other people within the organization who aren’t on his side. He tells the newspaper that it might be best “to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

Peterson also said he spoke with the 4-year-old son at the center of his child abuse case last week for the first time in five months.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring the boy while attempting to discipline him. The NFL informed him this week that he will be suspended for at least the rest of the season.

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