The Washington Post
Las Vegas treats crowd to a wild overtime win
las vegas — Derek Carr threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones after the Raiders squandered their first possession of overtime, beating the Baltimore Ravens, 33-27, on Monday night in the team’s first game with fans in Las Vegas.
Carr’s second touchdown pass of the game came after Carl Nassib’s strip sack of Lamar Jackson at the Baltimore 27-yard line. This offseason, Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
The Raiders had thrown an interception after driving to the Baltimore 1 on the opening possession of overtime and made another blunder with a delay of game before a field goal try.
Coach Jon Gruden then sent the offense back on the field, and Carr hit Jones on the next play for the game-winner.
The Raiders trailed 14-0 early, ending a 98-game regular season winning streak for the Ravens when leading by at least 14 points that dated from 2004.
The loss capped a rough stretch for the Ravens, who have had a run of injuries that sidelined top running backs J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill and cornerback Marcus Peters for the season.
They had won their previous five openers by a margin of 177-26 but came up short in this nail-biter thanks to a strong game from Carr, who threw for 435 yards.
The overtime came after a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter that featured the Raiders rallying to tie the score on three occasions, with Carr driving Las Vegas to a tying 55-yard field goal in the final 37 seconds.
The Ravens had taken the lead when Jackson scrambled 28 yards to help set up Justin Tucker’s 47-yard field goal.
The Raiders earlier got a forced fumble of Jackson by Quinton Jefferson to set up Josh Jacobs’s 15-yard touchdown run, tying the score at 17.
The Ravens answered when former Raider Latavius Murray ran it in from eight yards one play after Jackson found Sammy Watkins on a mismatch for a 49-yard pass.
Carr then connected on a 37yard pass to Henry Ruggs III that set up a tying 10-yard touchdown pass to Darren Waller with 3:44 to play.
Jackson’s touchdown pass to Marquise Brown in the first half was a spectacular individual effort. He escaped pressure from Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue and scrambled before finding Brown in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard score.
According to NFL Nextgen stats, Jackson took 7.84 seconds to throw, the fifth-longest time on a touchdown pass in the past five seasons, and he scrambled 27 yards, his most ever on a score.
The Ravens went for it twice on fourth down in the first half, getting a 35-yard touchdown run from Ty’son Williams on the first. Murray got stuffed by K. J. Wright on the second.
Las Vegas got stopped on a fourth-and-one run by Jacobs at the Baltimore 13 in the third quarter.
The Raiders got off to a sluggish start offensively after sitting most of their starters in the preseason. A holding penalty and a botched snap spoiled a promising first drive that reached the Baltimore 21 before going backward and ending in a punt.
The Raiders then punted on their next three drives, marking the first time in 15 years they punted on the first four drives of the season.