Raiders beat Dolphins in overtime 31-28

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Sep 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA;Las Vegas Raiders running back Peyton Barber (31) leaps into the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown run against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium.The Raiders defeated the Dolphins 31-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After spotting Miami 14 first-quarter points, the Raiders beat the Dolphins in overtime 31-28 for their third-straight victory to start the season. It marked the second overtime game in two games this season at Allegiant Stadium.

The Raiders are 3-0 for the first time since they last made it to the Super Bowl in 2002. The way the Raiders beat the Dolphins wasn’t exactly pretty, but a win is a win as Las Vegas keeps pace with the 3-0 Broncos in the AFC West.

After both teams kicked field goals to start the overtime, the Raiders took over at their own 25 with 2:49 left. Two big plays later — a 34-yard completion to Bryan Edwards and a 27-yard Payton Barber run — the Raiders had the ball at the Miami 20 yard line.

Barber bulled his way up the middle for nine yards but was held for no gain on second and one. Barber converted the first down, setting up Daniel Carlson’s game-winning field goal from 25 yards out.

A the beginning of overtime, Derek Carr hit Henry Ruggs III down the sideline for 16 yards, setting up a first down at the 48-yard line. After a run for no gain, Carr scrambled and connected with Bryan Edwards for 32 yards to the Miami 20 yard line.

Carr missed on his next two passes, setting up fourth and 10 from the 20-yard line and Carlson connected from 38 yards and the Raiders took a 28-25 lead.

Miami then took possession to either tie the game with a field goal or win it with a touchdown. Miami had a third down and 20 after a holding penalty, but a deep pass to DeVante Parker was broken up by Trayvon Mullin. On fourth and 20, Brissett scrambled and found tight end Mike Gisecki for a first down.

Two plays later, Myles Gaskin rushed for 15 yards on third and seven with 4:20 left in the game, setting up a first and 10 from the Raiders 40. Three plays later, the Dolphins faced fourth and 2, setting up a field goal attempt and Jason Sanders converted from 50 yards to tie the score with 2:49 left in overtime.

“When you’re down 14-0 and score 25 unanswered, something is going right,” Gruden said. “We’ve got some young players that are getting better … some of these young guys are really improving.”

Dolphins tie the game with 2 seconds left

Miami made the most of its opportunity to tie the score late in the fourth quarter, taking possession at their own 18 yard line with 3:22 left in the game. The Raiders forced a 4th-and-8 at the Miami 35 with 2:18 left, but Brissett hit Parker for a first down.

Four plays later, Miami had a first and goal from the 1-yard line after a pass interference penalty in the end zone with 1:09 left in the game. Miami tried two rushing plays up the middle, but the Raiders defense held with 29 seconds left in the game.

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Sep 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (24) scores on a 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On third and goal from the two, Brissett scrambled up the middle but was stopped just short of the goal line. The Dolphins quickly got to the line and Brissett on fourth down was able to dive into the end zone.

Needing a two-point conversion to tie, Brissett hit Will Fuller V in the left flat and he dove into the end zone to tie the game.

Raiders extend lead in third quarter

Las Vegas forced a punt on the Dolphins first possession in the second half and took over at their own 28-yard line. The Raiders then drove 72 yards on nine plays, with Carr hitting Renfrow for a 12-yard touchdown connection. The point-after gave the Raiders a 19-14 lead midway through the third quarter.

The Raiders extended their lead to 25-14 early in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 1-yard dive into the end zone by Peyton Barber. Carlson, however, missed the extra point.

The Dolphins pulled to within eight points at 25-17 on a Sanders 46-yard field goal with 8:34 left in the game.

Raiders close deficit in second quarter

After falling behind 14-0, the Raiders were able to get on the scoreboard with a safety. After A.J. Cole pinned the Dolphins inside the 1-yard line, Casey Hayward Jr. pulled down receiver Jaylon Waddle after he caught a screen pass in the end zone.

The Dolphins punted, and the Raiders went on a 9-play, 31-yard drive that was capped by a 50-yard Daniel Carlson field goal that cut the lead to 14-5 with 11:41 left in the half.

The Raiders forced a punt, with Michael Palardy’s punt downed inside the 5-yard line. But the Raiders marched downfield, going 94 yards on 10 plays to cut the lead to 14-12 on a 1-yard TD pass from Carr to Alec Ingold. On the drive, Carr connected with Ruggs twice for 23 and 21 yards, the second of which gave the Raiders a first down at the 4-yard line.

At the end of the first half, Miami’s Jason Sanders hit the upright on a 48-yard field goal attempt and the teams went into the half with the Dolphins up 14-12.

Raiders dig early first-quarter hole

The Raiders stumbled out of the gate. Even though they controlled the time of possession early on, they fell behind 14-0.

The Raiders were driving into Dolphin territory, but Carr was picked off at the 15-yard line by Elandon Roberts, who ran untouched 85 yards for a touchdown.

The Raiders had a four-and-out drive on their next possession when coach Jon Gruden took his punt team off the field and decided to go for a fourth-and-one from their own 34. Barber took a handoff but was stuffed for no gain and the Raiders turned the ball over.

Four plays later, Malcolm Brown broke loose for a 24-yard touchdown run. Sanders made the extra point and it was 14-0.