OAKLAND -- Raiders coach Dennis Allen replaced quarterback Matt McGloin with Terrelle Pryor when the Kansas City Chiefs least expected it Sunday.
Surely, the Chiefs couldn't have anticipated McGloin getting the hook two plays into the second possession of the second half after he had led the Raiders on a five-play, 74-yard touchdown drive on the opening drive.
As it turned out, Pryor didn't finish the possession. He got four snaps, the biggest play being a 21-yard run by Rashad Jennings, then was yanked in favor of McGloin when a Mike Brisiel false start turned a third-and-2 running down into a third-and-7 passing down.
McGloin immediately threw deep down the right sideline for Andre Holmes, who made a one-handed leaping catch to set up a touchdown pass of 14 yards to Mychal Rivera to cut the Chiefs lead to 35-31.
Pryor returned in the fourth quarter "for more evaluation" according to Allen, with 8:12 left and the Chiefs leading by the eventual final score of 56-31.
"We wanted to use Terrelle as a change of pace," Allen said. "I thought it was effective there in the third quarter when we were able to get Terrelle in there."
McGloin, who completed 18 of 36 passes for 297 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions, will start against San Diego next Sunday. He was never sacked and on one interception, by linebacker Frank Zombo, took several seconds before delivering the ball late and across the middle.
Including a lost fumble after a poor snap from Stefen Wisniewski, McGloin had five turnovers, and the Chiefs converted them into 28 points -- including a 47-yard interception return for touchdown by Eric Berry.
"Some of those throws were poor decisions," McGloin said. "I wish I had thrown the ball away a few times today. I'll learn from it."
McGloin said it was made clear during the week that Pryor would play, and he had no issues with the switch.
"We're getting used to it," McGloin said. "We do it throughout practice, throughout the course of the week, and the coaches are doing what they feel is putting us in a best position to win. I'm onboard for that, whatever is best for the team."
Pryor, who was 1 of 4 for 12 yards with an interception and rushed three times for 19 yards, was not available for comment, having left the locker room when reporters arrived.
The Raiders gave up 49 or more points only three times in their first 406 games of existence and have now given up 49 or more in two of their past three home games, starting with a 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 3.
"I want to win here, and I plan on winning here again," Woodson said.
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