Anybody watching the Baltimore Ravens-Las Vegas Raiders recreation on Monday evening acquired their cash’s price within the first 60 minutes.
The underdog Raiders fell behind by 14-0, then rallied to go toe-to-toe with the Tremendous 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 objective with two seconds left.
However it was the extra time that adopted Carlson’s kick that made this recreation one to recollect.
The Raiders acquired the ball first, and Carr took the workforce down the sector once more on a drive that culminated in an obvious successful landing move to Bryan Edwards. The group, attending a regular-season recreation for the primary time because the workforce moved to Las Vegas, celebrated. Some Raiders gamers ran to the locker room. However replay officers judged that Edwards ought to have been dominated down earlier than he crossed the road, and the workforce needed to slink again onto the sector.
Nonetheless, the Raiders had first-and-goal on the 1. The sport was absolutely virtually 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, nevertheless it 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. However as Lamar Jackson dropped again to move he was hit by Carl Nassib and fumbled. The Raiders had been again in enterprise.
After a 1-yard run to the Ravens 26, it was nonetheless solely second down. However Coach Jon Gruden despatched out the sector objective workforce to win it proper there. Sadly, a number of the workforce appeared removed from prepared. The consequence was a delay-of-game penalty.
“Our kicker was warming up within the internet; nobody might discover 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 sector objective debacle with a lofted move to a bizarrely wide-open Zay Jones for the landing. Ultimate rating: Raiders 33, Ravens 27.
“I felt like I died and awakened,” Gruden mentioned. “And died once more. I used to be like a cat. I had a number of lives tonight. I don’t like enjoying like that.”
For the Ravens, extensively thought of Tremendous Bowl contenders this season, it was a close to miss that stung.
The consequence might not persuade anybody that the Raiders, who had been 8-8 final season, are for actual. However 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 are saying right here. Simply win child.”