Anyone watching the Baltimore Ravens-Las Vegas Raiders recreation on Monday night time bought 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 Super Bowl-contending Ravens all night time. 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 field goal with two seconds left.
But it was the time beyond regulation that adopted Carlson’s kick that made this recreation one to recollect.
The Raiders bought the ball first, and Carr took the crew down the sphere once more on a drive that culminated in an obvious profitable landing move to Bryan Edwards. The crowd, attending a regular-season recreation for the primary time for the reason that crew 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 crew needed to slink again onto the sphere.
Still, the Raiders had first-and-goal on the 1. The recreation was certainly virtually over.
Carr’s sneak on first down was 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, however 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. But 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. But Coach Jon Gruden despatched out the sphere aim crew to win it proper there. Unfortunately, a number of the crew appeared removed from prepared. The consequence 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 aim 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 of Super 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. 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.”