Derek Carr stepped up in crunch time after Russell Wilson shunned the slide that might have made his counterpart’s heroics a lot more durable.
Carr hit a wide-open Davante Adams with a 35-yard landing cross on the third play of additional time, powering the Las Vegas Raiders to a 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
“I’ve at all times cherished these moments. That is what I dreamed of as a child,” Carr stated after resulting in the Raiders (3-7) to their first win in seven one-score video games this season.
The Broncos (3-7) discovered one other technique to lose a detailed one, dropping their sixth one-score recreation when Wilson left an excessive amount of time on the clock on the finish of regulation.
Denver was clinging to a 16-13 lead on the 2-minute warning when Wilson rolled proper on third-and-10 from his personal 34, and as a substitute of sliding to burn extra time, he pulled up and fired out of bounds.
“We referred to as a cross play to principally attempt to finish the sport proper there,” Wilson stated. “We get a primary down, the sport’s over. They coated it up fairly good, I used to be attempting to get outdoors the pocket after which (Jalen) Virgil was scrambling down. I assumed I had him, tried to take a shot at him and the ball simply sort of went away.
“However we have the most effective protection on the planet and sadly it did not work out this time.”
Wilson’s misfire stopped the clock and the Raiders, who didn’t have any timeouts left and had not led all afternoon, received the ball again with 1:43 left as a substitute of a couple of minute.
Carr drove them 71 yards, hitting operating again Josh Jacobs for 43 yards to the Denver 7 to arrange Daniel Carlson’s game-tying kick with 16 seconds left in regulation.
The Raiders gained the additional time coin toss and Brandon McManus kicked it to the 5-yard line as a substitute of blasting the ball out of the again of the tip zone. Ameer Abdullah returned it 28 yards to the Las Vegas 33.
After Jacobs misplaced a yard, Carr hit tight finish Foster Moreau for 33 yards over the center to the Denver 35. From there, Adams confused the Denver protection and was on their lonesome for the game-winner, which gave him 141 yards and two TDs on seven catches. Carr completed 23 of 37 for 307 yards.
“Be taught from this recreation and study from my errors,” Broncos star cornerback Pat Surtain II stated after getting rotated on the ultimate play and in addition giving up a 31-yard TD reception to Adams within the first half.
McManus’ 48-yard subject purpose put the Broncos forward 16-13 with 3:30 left within the fourth quarter. Denver’s protection compelled the Raiders to go three-and-out, however Wilson couldn’t burn sufficient day off the clock earlier than the Raiders received the ball again.
Embattled first-year Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett relinquished offensive play-calling duties to Klint Kubiak, his QB coach and passing recreation coordinator, saying, “I need to do no matter I can to assist this crew.”
The transfer paid off instantly when the Broncos scored a landing on their opening drive for the primary time underneath Wilson, whose 32-yard throw to Kendall Hinton arrange Latavius Murray’s 1-yard TD run.
After that, the sport settled into the grind-it-out defensive affair anticipated of two groups which have been riddled by accidents and ineffective offensive play.
“Everybody’s sick to their abdomen week in and week out,” Broncos linebacker Alex Singleton stated after the Broncos blew one other early lead, this time 10-0. “We all know what we have to do. We have got to discover a approach.”
Maxx Crosby got here up enormous within the last seconds of the primary half, stopping a landing after which a subject purpose because the Raiders turned again the Broncos and saved their deficit to 10-7 on the half.
Crosby punched the ball out of fumble-prone operating again Melvin Gordon’s arms on the 1. Though guard Quinn Meinerz recovered for Denver on the 7, Crosby blocked McManus’ 25-yard field-goal strive as the primary half expired.
That was Crosby’s third profession blocked subject purpose, and all three have been towards the Broncos. He had two towards Denver on Jan. 3, 2021.
“Should you don’t block that subject purpose, then we now have to attain a landing on the finish of regulation, so I assumed it was an unlimited play,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels stated. “I assumed it undoubtedly gave us somewhat little bit of a lift there.”
Crosby had two sacks within the second half, giving him 9 of Las Vegas’ 14 sacks on the season.
Within the first quarter, Carlson’s 48-yard strive sailed huge proper for his first missed subject purpose since Nov. 7 2021, towards the Giants within the Meadowlands.