Raiders beat Ravens in overtime, which is Las Vegas-worthy
Posted On September 14, 2021
LAS VEGAS – Put yourself in Derek Carr’s shoes. It’s overtime. Paydirt is a few meters away. You launch a tight spiral that crosses the receiver’s hands on the goal line, then ricochets off a defender’s shoulder pads and pops up for a smooth interception. Disaster.
This is how you lose. One team’s miracle is another team’s nightmare.
“It’s like, ‘Holy shit! Not like this! ” Carr said, replaying his thoughts after what turned out to be a dramatic victory on Monday night.
The Las Vegas Raiders played their first real game in front of a live audience at their sparkling new home, Allegiant Stadium, since the franchise moved here last year. And what beginnings, worthy of renowned billing (now that it’s over). They rallied on two touchdowns to force overtime, then finished the Baltimore Ravens, 33-27, after it appeared they had won, were destined to lose, and then ended up winning after all.
“An emotional roller coaster,” that’s what the Raiders, running back Josh Jacobs, called him.
The Raiders won when Carr beat an all-out blitz by connecting with Zay Jones for a 31-yard touchdown that was set up by Lamar Jackson’s lost second fumble in the second half. Just when Carr thought the game had slipped, he got a reprieve.
“It sounds like my career,” said the sometimes-maligned eighth-year vet. “Yay! Shit.”
The finish was so bizarre that a few minutes before the game ended, the players engaged in the congratulatory handshakes, sibling hugs, and little field chats that are typical after games, believing the Raiders had won in overtime on a 33-yard touchdown. by Bryan Edwards.
Not so nearly. Clear the field. The replay showed Edwards landed about a yard from the goal line.
This is now the place, with the stadium located in the shadow of the famous Las Vegas Strip, where you can get odds on anything.
The odds of a team throwing an interception in the end zone after scoring the first and the goal from the 1-yard line? I guess it’s like a 1 in 955,000 share.
It’s no wonder Raiders coach Jon Gruden, thinking about luck, said he “almost died”.
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Somewhere Al Davis, the late Raiders owner and NFL nemesis, might be laughing at all of us.
I mean, it’s so just that something wacky happens when the Raiders marked the opportunity for another milestone. After all, it’s the franchise that has The Holy Roller, The Immaculate Reception, and The Tuck Rule in its history. So, a new stage, a new episode of strangeness takes on its full meaning.
Again, there was also fundamental football at work.
Carr passed 56 times for 435 yards and with the exception of the overtime pick which wasn’t his fault, he didn’t throw an interception. He found his incredible tight end, Darren Waller, 10 times for 105 yards. And Hunter Renfrow (6 catches, 70 yards) deserves a mention for his 27-yard tiptoe work on the sideline that spilled the juice early in the OT. Kicker Daniel Carlson forced overtime with a 55-yard shot with two seconds on the clock in regulation time. The defense hit Jackson in the two fumbles that led to touchdowns. First, in the fourth quarter, it was tackle in D Quinton Jefferson who dropped the ball, which led to a 15-yard touchdown by Jacobs. In the OT, Carl Nassib turned the corner and released the ball, which gave the ball to the Raiders on the Ravens’ 27-yard line.
The fact that the Raiders’ defense, which allowed 189 rushing yards, won big in the clutch, says a lot about the growth needed for this team to ultimately thrive – as promised – under Gruden. There’s another new D coordinator in the mix at Gus Bradley and he’s complemented by Rod Marinelli, whose NFL track record is built on productive D lines. There is still a lot of work to be done with the defense. But the unit certainly did not retreat in record time.
All of this translated into the fact that the Raiders won the type of game they probably would have lost last year, when they faded into the home stretch and finished 8-8.
No, this team won’t get far if they have to repeatedly come out of holes 14-0. Still, there’s also something to be said for the courage the Raiders have shown as a kind of first impression for fans at home.
“Who cares how we do it? Carr maintained. “Let’s just win.”
They played with fire. No, they played with “Al Flame” dominating the square behind one of the end zones and didn’t get burned.
But at this point, the raiders are still playing with the house money.