ALAMEDA -- If Mila and Vi Janikowski haven't heard about Arrowhead Stadium yet, it's only a matter of time.
It happens to be a special place to their father, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski. As good as Janikowski is any NFL venue, he is otherworldly in Kansas City.
"I just feel comfortable there," Janikowski said Thursday.
The last time Janikowski lined up for a kick at Arrowhead last Christmas Eve, he hit a 36-yarder in overtime as the Raiders beat the Chiefs 16-13 and remained in control of the AFC West race.
To defensive back Michael Huff, the result was a foregone conclusion.
"When he is kicking at Arrowhead, he doesn't miss," Huff said.
It was an exaggeration but only a slight one.
In the first half of the Christmas Eve game, Janikowski hit the crossbar from 59 yards out. It was his first miss in Kansas City since 2002. From 2003 through 2010, the time it would take a student to go through high school and college, he was 18 for 18.
For his career, Janikowski is 28 for 32 at Arrowhead. He actually missed two attempts in his first game there in 2000, but he made two others including a 43-yarder with 25 seconds left to deliver a 20-17 win.
Janikowski beat the Chiefs at home again the following year from 31 yards with 15 seconds left as the Raiders won 27-24.
When Atlanta tight end and former Chief Tony Gonzalez was asked by Bay Area reporters during a conference call two weeks ago about the
While Janikowski admits he has no logical explanation for his Arrowhead success, he does have a few theories. Coming out of Florida State, he visited the Chiefs before the draft.
Janikowski was told they were serious about taking him in the first round. Raiders owner Al Davis got there first, taking Janikowski No. 17 overall, with the Chiefs taking wide receiver Sylvester Morris at No. 21.
Arrowhead also made him feel at home because of the way the fan base chanted and did a "Tomahawk Chop" much as the crowd did at Florida State.
"Maybe it's the song and singing the chop," Janikowski said. "All I know is I really like to kick there."
Raiders coach Dennis Allen goes through the same drill as the seven other head coaches Janikowski has played for, assessing the most realistic distance for a field-goal attempt on game day based on field conditions.
Allen said he goes to holder Shane Lechler first because "I don't know if Janikowski will tell me the truth. He thinks he can kick it from 70 every time."
This season, Janikowski converted his first 13 field goal attempts until he was called upon to attempt a 64-yard field goal late in the game against Jacksonville into the difficult north end at O.co Coliseum and came up short.
He can't remember the last time he had a negative thought lining up to kick.
"Sometimes I've gone out there and thought to myself, 'Don't miss this one, don't miss it,' " Janikowski said. "I don't think about that anymore. It just comes natural."
Life changed forever for Janikowski on Sept. 4, when his wife, Lori, gave birth to Mila and Vi, who were born premature and weighed just 3 pounds, 13 ounces and 3 pounds, 11 ounces, respectively.
Each has put on three pounds, and in the meantime Janikowski has traded in his Mercedes for a truck to accommodate twins and commiserated with Huff, another first-time father, about the change in sleeping patterns.
"All the stuff I've been through in my life, there's no way you can prepare for this," Janikowski said. "I'm just enjoying life more and thinking about the future."