The Raiders received an exhilarating and exhausting season opener due to a livid rally, a stellar defensive play from Carl Nassib and an ideal play name that produced a 31-yard landing pass from Derek Carr to Zay Jones that gave the Raiders a 33-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday evening.
“Felt like I died and woke up. And died. And woke up again,” coach Jon Gruden stated. “I was like a cat – I had multiple lives.”
Carr engineered three game-tying drives in the fourth quarter and earlier than successful it in the wild additional time.
He appeared to win it with a 33-yard TD pass to Bryan Edwards on the primary possession of additional time solely to have the celebration halted when replay put the ball on the 1.
An unsuccessful QB sneak, a false begin from rookie Alex Leatherwood after which an interception that deflected off Willie Snead’s arms appeared to value the Raiders the sport.
Then Nassib delivered the strip sack of Lamar Jackson in his first sport since turning into the primary lively NFL participant to come back out as homosexual in the offseason.
“I’m really happy that we got we got the win on the day that kind of made a little bit of history,” Nassib stated.
The Raiders then made one other blunder by committing a delay of sport earlier than a subject purpose strive, resulting in Gruden sending the offense again on the sector.
The Ravens despatched a blitz and Carr lofted a pass that Jones ran below for the rating, sending the Raiders pouring out on the sector for a second celebration.
“I’m glad coach trusted us, put it in our hands at the end,” Carr stated. “Because it always feels good to win that way, especially when you almost gave away.”
The Raiders trailed 14-0 early, ending a 98-game, regular-season win streak for the Ravens when main by at the very least 14 factors courting to 2004.
The loss capped a tough stretch for the Ravens, who’ve had a run of accidents that sidelined prime three operating backs J.Ok. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, in addition to cornerback Marcus Peters, for the season.
“We just didn’t close the game out when we had the opportunity to do it three or four times,” coach John Harbaugh stated. “That’s what you need to do when you have an opportunity to win, you got to win. We just didn’t do that tonight.”
That they had received the past 5 openers by a margin of 177-26, however got here up brief in this nail-biter due to a powerful sport from Carr, who threw for 435 yards .
The additional time got here after a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter that featured the Raiders rallying to tie the sport on three separate events, with Carr driving Las Vegas to a tying 55-yard subject purpose in the ultimate 37 seconds.
The Ravens had taken the lead when Jackson scrambled 28 yards to assist arrange Justin Tucker’s 47-yard subject purpose.
However Jackson continues to be haunted by the 2 late fumbles.
“That ticked me off,” he stated. “I hate any type of turnover.”
The Raiders earlier bought a compelled fumble by Quinton Jefferson in opposition to Jackson to arrange Josh Jacobs’ 15-yard TD run, tying the sport at 17. The Ravens answered when former Raider Latavius Murray ran it in from 8 yards one play after Jackson discovered Sammy Watkins on a mismatch for a 49-yard pass.
Carr then related on a 37-yard pass to Henry Ruggs III that arrange a tying 10-yard TD to Darren Waller with 3:44 to play.
Jackson’s TD pass to Marquise Brown in the primary half was a spectacular particular person effort. He escaped stress from Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue and scrambled earlier than discovering Brown in the again of the tip zone for a 10-yard rating.
Based on NFL NextGen stats, Jackson took 7.84 seconds to throw for the fifth longest on a TD pass in the past 5 seasons and scrambled 27 yards for his most ever on a TD.
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The Ravens went for it twice on fourth down in the primary half, getting a 35-yard TD run from Ty’Son Williams on the primary. Murray bought stuffed by Ok.J. Wright on the second.
The Raiders bought stopped on a fourth-and-1 run by Jacobs on the Ravens 13 in the third quarter.
The Raiders bought off to a sluggish begin offensively after sitting most of their starters in the preseason. A holding penalty and botched snap spoiled a promising first drive that reached the Ravens 21 earlier than going backwards and ending in a punt.
The Raiders then punted on the following three drives, marking the primary time in 15 years they punted on the primary 4 drives of the season.
They then scored twice late in teh half to make it 14-10 on the break.
Ravens: G Tyre Phillips was taken off the sector on a cart late in the primary half after injuring his leg and did not return.
Raiders: G Denzelle Good left in the primary half with a knee harm. … Ngakoue left in the second half with a hamstring harm. … DT Gerald McCoy was taken off on a cart in the fourth quarter with a knee harm.
Ravens: Host Kansas Metropolis on Sunday evening. Baltimore has misplaced 4 straight in opposition to the Chiefs, together with all three matchups between Jackson and Patrick Mahomes.
Raiders: Go to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
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