After a premature bench-clearing celebration and a couple of blunders that almost cost the Raiders the game, the party could finally begin for real after the first game with fans in Las Vegas.
Raiders win thrilling, exhausting season opener thanks a furious rally and stellar defensive play by Carl Nassib. A perfect play called that produced a 31 yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr from Zay Jones that gave Raiders a 33 to 27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens Monday night.
“Felt like a death and woke up. And died. Coach Jon Gruden stated that he woke up again. “I was like a cat — I had multiple lives.”
Carr was the engine behind three game-tying drives, the first being in the fourth quarter. He then won the game in wild overtime.
Carr appeared to win the game with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Edwards in overtime’s first possession. However, celebrations were halted by replays that showed the ball at the 1.
The Raiders lost the game because of an inept QB sneak, Alex Leatherwood’s false starting and then Willie Snead’s interception.
Nassib gave the strip sack to Lamar Jackson in his first game after he came out as gay to the NFL.
Nassib said, “I’m really happy we got we got to win on the day which kind of made some history.”
In overtime, the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson (9) is forced to fumble by Carl Nassib (94) from Las Vegas Raiders. (David Becker/The Associated Press)
The Raiders then made another blunder by committing a delay of game before a field goal try, leading to Gruden sending the offense back on the field.
Carr sent a blitz, and Jones ran under Jones’ pass. This led to the Raiders flooding onto the field for another celebration.
Carr said, “I’m glad coach trusted me, put it in my hands at the end.” It’s always good to win, even when you lose.
The Raiders fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, snapping a streak of 98 consecutive regular-season wins for the Ravens, which had been running at least 14 points ahead since 2004.
The Ravens lost their season opener after a string of injuries left them without top running backs J.K. Dobbins (Gus Edwards), and cornerback Marcus Peters.
Carr’s strong performance, averaging 435 yards, helped them lose the game. They had won their previous five openers by a score of 177 to 26.
After a thrilling fourth quarter, which saw the Raiders rally to tie the game three times, Carr drove Las Vegas to a tie 55-yard field goal in 37 seconds.
Jackson scrambled 28 yard to set up Justin Tucker’s 47-yard field goal.
Quinton Jefferson, the Raiders’ defensive back, had earlier forced Jackson into a fumble. This set up Josh Jacobs’ 15-yard TD run to tie the game at 17. After Jackson mismatched Sammy Watkins for a 49 yard pass, Latavius Murray, a former Raider, ran it in from 8yards. The Ravens responded.
Carr connected with Henry Ruggs III for a 37-yard pass. This set up a tying 10-yard TD for Darren Waller at 3:44.
Jackson’s TD pass from Jackson to Marquise brown in the first period was a remarkable individual effort. Jackson escaped the pressure of Yannick Ngakoue, Maxx Crosby, and eventually found Brown in the back end zone for a score of 10 yards.
NFL NextGen stats showed that Jackson took 7.84 seconds and rushed 27 yards to throw the TD.
The Ravens went for it twice on fourth down in the first half, getting a 35-yard TD run from Ty’Son Williams on the first. K.J. got Murray stuffed. Wright won the second.
Jacobs ran a fourth-and-1 at the Ravens 13, stopping the Raiders in the third quarter.
After having sat most of their starters during the preseason, the Raiders started slow offensively. The Ravens had a promising start to the season, but a holding penalty and a missed snap ended it. It was then that the drive went backwards, ending in a punt.
The Raiders punted on their next three drives, making it the first time in 15 year that they have punted on all four of their drives.
They settled into a rhythm late in the second half, with a 75 yard drive that was capped off by Jacobs’ 2-yard run followed by Daniel Carlson’s 34 yard field goal. This made it 14-10 at break.
On Sunday, the Ravens will host Kansas City. Baltimore has lost four straight to Kansas City, including all three matches between Jackson and Patrick Mahomes.
Sunday’s game is between the Raiders and Pittsburgh.
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