The Las Vegas Raiders gave a rabid crowd of almost 62,000 fans at Allegiant Stadium all they hoped for and more as they pulled out a dramatic 33-27 overtime win over Baltimore on Monday night. It was the Raiders’ first home game at Allegiant Stadium that was played before fans as fans weren’t allowed to attend home games last season because of the pandemic.
It didn’t look good early as Baltimore took a 14-0 lead. The Raiders rallied to pull within 14-10 at halftime and tied the game at 17 ten minutes into the fourth quarter. That’s when the fun began in earnest.
The Ravens took a 24-17 lead with six minutes left in regulation but the Raiders tied it on a 10 yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Darren Waller. Baltimore then kicked a 47 yard field goal with 42 seconds left and it looked like the Raiders’ goose was cooked. The Raiders however took only two plays after the kickoff to get kicker Daniel Carlson in position for a 55 yard field goal which he nailed to send the game into overtime.
Vegas won the toss and moved the ball to the Baltimore one yard line where it looked like they would punch it in. Derek Carr tried a quarterback sneak which was stopped and on the next play the Raiders took a five yard false start penalty and on the next play Carr was intercepted in the end zone. Baltimore took over and was on the move before Raiders linebacker Carl Nassib knocked the ball loose from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Vegas recovered the fumble, ran one play, and sent out the field goal unit on second down but took a five yard delay of game penalty. The offense came back on the field and on third down Carr fooled the Baltimore defense by dropping back and lofting a pass to a wide open Zay Jones for the game winning 31 yard touchdown, sending the crowd into delirium.
After their scintillating win the Raiders will now travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers next Sunday at 10am PDT.