Raiders Come Back For Win

Photo by Doug Duran

Photo by Doug Duran

Oakland, CA – In the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Matt McGloin found Brice Butler wide open in the end zone for the 19-yard touchdown to tie the game. Sebastian Janikowski kicked the game winning field goal to give the Raiders the 27-26 victory over the Lions.

Oakland looked good in the opening drive but Matt Schaub’s pass intended for James Jones was intercepted by James Ihedigbo. It took Detroit 45 seconds to score their first touchdown. Matthew Stafford connected with Golden Tate for a 28-yard pass giving the Lions a quick 7-0 lead.

“I saw improvements from the first preseason game to preseason game number two,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. “I thought we let them grab the momentum, and that was disappointing. But our guys kept fighting and anytime you get a win it’s a positive thing for the team.”

Stafford threw to Chris Durham for a 4-yard touchdown pass with two minutes left in the first quarter. The Raiders defense struggled to contain the Lions offense. As for Schaub he was smothered by Detroit’s defense leaving him to throw incomplete passes until he was replaced by Derek Carr in the second quarter.

“We found a way to win as a team, that was the most important thing,” Schaub said. “We have to continue to improve and be our own worst critics.”

Carr showed more athleticism than Schaub. He was able to move out of the pocket more and drove the offense down field with ease. Janikowski’s 55-yard field goal was good in the second but a flag was called due to too many Lions on the field. That was a big break for the Raiders who got the first down.

Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 22 yards putting Oakland within inches of the goal line to setup Darren McFadden’s 1-yard touchdown making it a 13-7 game. The Raiders trimmed the lead down to 3 points after Janikowski kicked another field goal this time for 28-yards.

But the Lions responded with a 55-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the first half making it a 16-10 game. Then they came out to opened up the second half with a 1-yard touchdown from George Winn. Oakland’s defense collapsed giving no effort in sustaining Detroit’s offense.

“I thought we got better than what we did before,” said Jones-Drew. “We moved the ball well, minimized the penalties and that’s what you want to do each week in the preseason. Nothing is perfect but we’re getting better each week.”

Carr completed a pass to Greg Little for 38 yards. First and goal, the Raiders got back in the game when Carr threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jake Murphy. By the fourth quarter both teams exchanged field goals until Detroit extended their lead 26-20. Car was sacked and exited the game with bruised ribs.

McGloin took over and moved the offense down field with completed passes. He threw to Scott Simonson who was inches away from a touchdown but got hit on a helmet-to-helmet play and fumbled the ball. McGloin then led the 68-yard drive with six seconds left on the clock for the win.

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