Oak­land stages big­gest come­back in 16 years

RAIDERS 38, BILLS 24

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Josh Dubow

oak­land, calif.» Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and two touch­downs to rally the Oak­land Raiders to their big­gest come­back in 16 years with a 38-24 vic­tory over the Buf­falo Bills on Sun­day.

Af­ter fall­ing be­hind 24-9 fol­low­ing touch­downs on the first two drives of the se­cond half for Buf­falo (6-6), the Raiders (10-2) took the game over with 29 straight points and won their sixth straight to re­main one game ahead of Kansas City in the tough AFC West.

Oak­land scored touch­downs on three straight drives, in­clud­ing scor­ing strikes from Carr to Michael Crab­tree and Amari Cooper for his sixth fourthquar­ter come­back of the sea­son. This was the big­gest come­back for the Raiders since over­com­ing a 21-point deficit to In­di­anapo­lis to win 38-31 on Sept. 10, 2000.

The de­fense also tight­ened by forc­ing three straight three-and-outs and then get­ting a turnover when Khalil Mack de­flected Ty­rod Tay­lor’s pass that Nate Allen in­ter­cepted. Oak­land took over at the 16 and put the game away with Latavius Mur­ray’s se­cond touch­down run of the game to make it 38-24 on Carr’s 2point con­ver­sion pass to Seth Roberts.

The loss was crush­ing for the Bills, who en­tered De­cem­ber with hopes of end­ing the league’s long­est play­off drought. A big day by LeSean McCoy, who had 130 yards rush­ing, helped stake Buf­falo to the big lead, but it wasn’t enough.

The Bills are two games be­hind the Bron­cos for the se­cond wild-card spot in the AFC and could be headed to a 17th con­sec­u­tive sea­son with­out a play­off berth.

Oak­land Raiders cor­ner­back T.J. Car­rie, right, breaks up a pass in­tended for Buf­falo Bills wide re­ceiver Justin Hunter on Sun­day. Brian Bahr, Getty Im­ages

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