Carr helps Raiders rally past Tex­ans 27-20 in Mex­ico City

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Derek Carr woke up a strug­gling Oak­land of­fense by throw­ing two touch­down passes in the fourth quar­ter as the Raiders capped a suc­cess­ful trip to Mex­ico with a 27-20 vic­tory over the Hous­ton Tex­ans on Mon­day night.

Oak­land had been held to 120 yards through three quar­ters with the run­ning game go­ing nowhere and Carr find­ing few open re­ceivers down­field. But that sud­denly changed in the fourth quar­ter to give the Raiders (8-2) their fourth straight win for the first time since 2002 .

With star re­ceiver Amari Cooper lined up in the back­field, Carr found full­back Jamize Olawale open for a 75-yard catch and run that tied Hous­ton (6-4) at 20. Then Oak­land took ad­van­tage on two ques­tion­able spots by the of­fi­cials to take over on downs at the 15 and drove 85 yards in five plays to take the lead on a 35-yard pass to Cooper .

That set off loud cel­e­bra­tions from the pro-Raiders crowd of 76,743 in the sec­ond reg­u­lar sea­son game ever played in Mex­ico. What was orig­i­nally sched­uled as an Oak­land home game fea­tured Raiders mu­sic dur­ing stop­pages, Tom­mie Smith light­ing the Al Davis torch in a mem­o­rable re­turn to Mex­ico City nearly a half­cen­tury af­ter his Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics and fre­quent “RAI-DERS!” chants.

While the at­mo­sphere was elec­tric, the field was a bit slip­pery lead­ing to some falls and the high el­e­va­tion 7,380 feet above sea level played a fac­tor. The Raiders needed to use a time­out on de­fense at one point in the fourth to catch their breath and re­ceiver Michael Crab­tree was seen gasp­ing for breath at one point.

CLOSE SPOTS: The Tex­ans were up­set on two spots on the fourth-quar­ter drive be­fore Oak­land went ahead. On third-and-2, La­mar Miller was stopped just short of the first down even though Hous­ton be­lieved he got it. Coach Bill O’Brien went for it on fourth down but Akeem Hunt was stopped about an inch short on fourth down and the play stood af­ter a re­play

chal­lenge.

LASER SHOW: Hous­ton QB Brock Osweiler had to deal with an un­usual dis­trac­tion dur­ing the game as a fan with a green laser fre­quently shined it on the Hous­ton quar­ter­back as he dropped back to pass in an act more fa­mil­iar in soccer games played here than in NFL games. That wasn’t the only soccer tra­di­tion im­ported for this game. Fans also used a ho­mo­pho­bic chant on kick­offs. Mex­ico’s soccer fed­er­a­tion has been pun­ished by FIFA in the past for the chant dur­ing World Cup qual­i­fiers. Fans threw pa­per air­planes on the field in the third quar­ter with Oak­land’s Sean Smith tak­ing a turn throw­ing one that reached the field dur­ing a break.

STREAK BRO­KEN: Carr had thrown 170 straight passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion be­fore get­ting picked by A.J. Bouye on a deep ball on the first play from scrim­mage in the sec­ond half. It was Carr’s fourth in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son and the first since Kansas City’s Marcus Peters got one Oct. 16.

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SCORER: With his ex­tra point in the sec­ond quar­ter, Oak­land’s Se­bas­tian Janikowski scored a point in his third coun­try, hav­ing pre­vi­ously done it in the United States and United King­dom. Joe Ned­ney is the only other player to score in Mex­ico, the US and the UK Five other play­ers have scored in Canada, the UK and the US: run­ning back Steven Jack­son and kick­ers Rob­bie Gould, Matt Bryant, Dan Car­pen­ter and Jay Feely.

MEX­ICO CITY: Oak­land Raiders Latavius Mur­ray (28) eludes the tackle of Hous­ton Tex­ans Quintin Demps (27) dur­ing the 2016 NFL week 11 reg­u­lar sea­son football game on Mon­day at the Azteca Sta­dium in Mex­ico City. Oak­land won 27-20. — AFP

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