Anyone who watched Monday night’s Baltimore Ravens-Las Vegas Raiders game got their money’s worth in the first 60 minutes.
The Underdog Raiders trailed 14-0, then rallied all night to go toe-to-toe with Super Bowl-contestant Ravens. Marcus Mariota took a 30-yard lead on the keeper. Derek Carr led three game-tying drives in the fourth quarter alone. and Daniel Carlson Kicked 55 yards field goal with two seconds.
But the overtime after Carlsen’s kick made the game memorable.
The Raiders got the ball first, and Carr again took the team to the ground on a drive, which culminated in a clear winning touchdown pass to Brian Edwards. Crowds attending regular season games celebrated for the first time since the team moved to Las Vegas. Some raiders ran towards the locker room. But replay officials decided that Edwards should have been dismissed before crossing the line, and the team was forced to bow back on the field.
Nevertheless, on 1 the Raiders had their first goal. The game was almost certainly over.
Carr’s sneak down first turned into a rugby scrum that went nowhere, and then the attackers made a false start. With the ball at 5, Carr tried a pass, but it bounced off the helmet of Ravens DeShawn Elliott, took a wild carrom and was intercepted by anthony everett.
Now the Ravanas had their shot. But as Lamar Jackson dropped back to pass, he was struck and staggered by Carl Fates. The Raiders were back in business.
After a 1 yard run for the Ravens 26, it was still only second. But coach John Gruden sent the field goal team there to win it. Unfortunately, some of the team seemed far from ready. The result was a penalty for delay in play.
“Our kicker was heating up in the net; no one could find him,” was shocking postgame confession from Gruden.
After the penalty, Gruden decided to bring out the Raiders’ offense again. And Carr quickly forgot the field goal defeat with a high pass to Zay Jones, a bizarrely wide open for the touchdown. Final Scores: Raiders 33, Ravens 27.
“I felt like I had died and woke up,” Gruden said. “And died again. I was like a cat. Tonight I had many lives. I don’t like to play like this”
For the Ravens, widely considered a Super Bowl contender this season, it was a near miss that stung.
Results No one can be sure that the Raiders, who were 8-8 last season, are real. But after the game Gruden looked to the bottom line with a quote from longtime Raiders owner Al Davis.
With a smile he said: “It’s like they say here. Just win baby.”