The Raiders Thought They’d Won. But They Hadn’t. Until They Did.

Anyone watching the Baltimore Ravens-Las Vegas Raiders recreation on Monday evening acquired their cash’s value within the first 60 minutes.

The underdog Raiders fell behind by 14-Zero, then rallied to go toe-to-toe with the Super Bowl-contending Ravens all evening. Marcus Mariota turned upfield for a 30-yard acquire on a keeper. Derek Carr led three game-tying drives within the fourth quarter alone. And Daniel Carlson kicked a 55-yard discipline purpose with two seconds left.

But it was the additional time that adopted Carlson’s kick that made this recreation one to recollect.

The Raiders acquired the ball first, and Carr took the group down the sphere once more on a drive that culminated in an obvious successful landing move to Bryan Edwards. The crowd, attending a regular-season recreation for the primary time for the reason that group moved to Las Vegas, celebrated. Some Raiders gamers ran to the locker room. But replay officers judged that Edwards ought to have been dominated down earlier than he crossed the road, and the group needed to slink again onto the sphere.

Carr to Edwards BIG TIME. Down to the purpose line!


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Still, the Raiders had first-and-goal on the 1. The recreation was certainly nearly over.

Carr’s sneak on first down become a rugby scrum that went nowhere, after which the Raiders managed a false begin. With the ball again on the 5, Carr tried a move, but it surely bounced off the helmet of the Ravens’ DeShon Elliott, took a wild carom and was intercepted by Anthony Averett.

Now the Ravens had their shot. But as Lamar Jackson dropped again to move he was hit by Carl Nassib and fumbled. The Raiders have been again in enterprise.

After a 1-yard run to the Ravens 26, it was nonetheless solely second down. But Coach Jon Gruden despatched out the sphere purpose group to win it proper there. Unfortunately, a number of the group appeared removed from prepared. The end result was a delay-of-game penalty.

“Our kicker was warming up in the net; no one could find him,” was the startling postgame confession from Gruden.

After the penalty, Gruden determined to deliver the Raiders offense out once more. And Carr instantly made everybody overlook the sphere purpose debacle with a lofted move to a bizarrely wide-open Zay Jones for the landing. Final rating: Raiders 33, Ravens 27.

“I felt like I died and woke up,” Gruden mentioned. “And died again. I was like a cat. I had multiple lives tonight. I don’t like playing like that.”

For the Ravens, broadly thought-about Super Bowl contenders this season, it was a close to miss that stung.

“That loss hurt, definitely,” Jackson mentioned. “That game could have gone any way tonight.” The Ravens had not blown a 14-point lead since 2004.

The end result could not persuade anybody that the Raiders, who have been Eight-Eight final season, are for actual. But after the sport Gruden noticed the underside line with a quote from the longtime Raiders proprietor Al Davis.

With a smile he mentioned: “It’s like they say here. Just win baby.”