The Las Vegas Raiders Derek Carr hit a wide-open Zay Jones with 3:38 left in overtime as the Raiders win 33-27 in overtime in the season-opener at home against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
“We have a lot of young guys that really stepped up,” coach Jon Gruden said. “It’s an impressive victory. Like they say here, “Just win baby.’”
The touchdown pass only came because of a delay of game penalty on the Raiders as they were getting ready to kick a game-winning field goal. But by moving back five yards, the Raiders elected to run a play on second down instead of kicking the 48-yard field goal.
Carr finished with 435 yards on 34 of 46 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating was 89.5.
“We knew they would go with an all-out blitz,” Gruden said.”It’s what they do. it was a heck of a play with the game on the line.”
In overtime, the Raiders won the flip and elected to receive. Carr hit Bryan Edwards for a first down at the 37 to start the drive. Josh Jacobs ran left for a 3-yard loss.
Carr scrambled right and hit Hunter Renfrow on the sideline, he turned and ran to the Ravens 39. Jacobs took the first-down run to the Ravens 33, setting up a second and four.
After a timeout, Carr was flushed from the pocket and threw it away. On third and four, Carr faded left and found Edwards near the goal line. He made the catch, broke a tackle and stretched the ball over the goal line for the apparent game-winning touchdown.
But after a review, Edwards was ruled down at the 1-yard line. Carr tried a quarterback sneak, but couldn’t cross the goal line, setting up second down.
“When you can make big plays like that against a good defense that’ll give them a lot of confidence,” Gruden said.
Before they could run the second-down play, rookie tackle Alex Leatherwood was called for a false start, moving the ball back to the 6. Carr missed Renfrow in the corner of the end zone on second down.
On third down, the Ravens’ Anthony Averett intercepted a pass that bounced off the hands of Willie Snead, caromed off the head of a Ravens player and then was intercepted in the end zone.
“It felt like I died and woke up,” Gruden said. “It was like a cat with nine lives.”
The Ravens took over at the 20 yard line. Lamar Jackson connected with Sammy Watkins for a first own at the 30 with 6:05 remaining. After a short run and an incomplete pass, Jackson was sacked by Carl Nassib and fumbled at his own 27 yard line.
That set up the Carr-Jones heroics.
On the Ravens’ second to last drive of regulation, Jackson did what Jackson does. On first and 10 coming out of the 2-minute warning, Jackson scrambled 28 yards to the Raiders 37 yard line.
Three plays later, Justin Tucker connected on a 47-yard field goal to put the Ravens up 27-24 with 37 seconds left in the game.
But that was just enough time for the Raiders to tie it. Carr hit Edwards for 20 yards and the two connected again at the Ravens 37-yard line with 7 seconds left. Daniel Carlson then hit a 55 yard field goal to tie the score at 27-27.
“Our receivers didn’t get much early in the football game,” Carr said. “But I think Humphries is the best corner in the league.”
Raiders win set up with late field goal at end of regulation
Las Vegas tied the score at 24-24 with 3:44 left in the game on a 10-yard connection from Carr to Waller. It was Carr’s 19th pass of the game to Waller, who had 10 catches for 105 yards at that point.
Former Raider Latavius Murray put the Ravens ahead 24-17 on an 8-yard run with 6:04 left on a play set up by a 49-yard completion from Jackson to Sammy Watkins.
The Raiders tied the game at 17-17 with 9:18 left in the fourth quarter on a Jacobs 15-run. The drive started at the Ravens 41 yard line after Jackson fumbled.
On the drive Carr connected on three passes, including a 16-yard connection to Kenyan Drake that set up the touchdown.
The Raiders fell behind 14-0 midway through the first half. With 1:53 left in the first quarter, the Ravens’ Ty’Son Williams rushed for a 35-yard touchdown on a fourth and 1 to cap a six-play, 65-yard drive.
After a Raiders punt, the Ravens scored again, this time on a Marquise Brown reception in the back of the end zone following a Jackson scramble. That score gave the Ravens a 14-0 lead.
But the Raiders came back behind the arm of Carr, who completed 6 of 7 passes on a drive that was capped by a 2-yard Jacobs run to cut the lead to 14-7.
Daniel Carlson hit a 34-yard field goal as time expired in the half and the Raiders trailed by four, 14-10, at the half.