What a finish! I’ve been a Raiders fan for 29 years and this past Thurday Night Football game against the Chiefs had one of the craziest endings I’ve ever seen.
Down 6 points at their own 15 yard line, with 2:25 remaining and just 1 timeout, Raiders QB Derek Carr was looking for his 13th career fourth quarter comeback, which is the most in the NFL since 2015. Ironically, he had his first came against these same Chiefs on Thursday Night Football during the 2014 season. It was a 24-20 victory that ended the team’s 10 straight loses to start the season and marked Carr’s first professional win.
This comeback would not come easy and was full of heart stopping moments. There was a 4th and 11 play where Carr hit TE Jared Cook for 10 yards, 1 short of a first down. However, Cook refused to go down and actually faked like the play was over and when the defensive back eased up, Cook dove for the extra yards and got the first down. The entire drive culminated in a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cook with 8 seconds remaining, at least so it appeared. Upon further review the replay officials deemed Cook was down at the 1 yard line before sliding into the end zone.
So, Oakland would have the ball at the 1 with no timeouts remaining and 8 seconds left on the clock. Carr, un-rattled, hit an open Michael Crabtree for the score. Then the yellow flag came out. Crabtree was penalized for pushing off the defender, although on replay it appeared the defender slipped. The points were taken off the board and Carr would have to try again, this time from the 10 yard line with just 3 seconds remaining. This would certainly be the last play of the game, or would it?
On first and goal at the 10, Carr threw a high pass that only the 6’5 Cook would be able to catch, only he didn’t catch it as a Chiefs defender was draped all over him. As time expired the pass sailed high, but the defender was a little too close to Cook and was flagged for holding. Since a game cannot end on a defensive penalty, the Raiders were given another chance.
Now it’s first and goal at the 5 yard line with no time remaining on the clock, one last play, again. This time Carr looked for and found Cordarrelle Patterson at the back of the end zone. Patterson made the catch, but was pushed out of the back of the end zone before getting his feet inbounds. But wait! Another yellow flagged was thrown and again KC was penalized.
Carr would get another last chance with no time left, this time at the 2-yard line. Carr showed some serious stones not getting rattled by everything going on around him. This time he went back to his old favorite Michael Crabtree. Crabtree cradled the ball in his chest got a knee down and that was it, tie game 30-30. Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who had missed 2 field goals earlier and missed an extra point the week before which cost his team the game, stepped up and nailed the extra point through the uprights. Game over 31-30 Raiders.
This was a huge win for Oakland (3-4), quite possibly a season saver. Now let’s see if they can carry that momentum into Buffalo next week for a tough road game against the Bills.