The Oakland Raiders hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars this afternoon, and it was a thriller, filled with twists and turns. At 1-4, Oakland desperately needed this win to get back in the mix for the AFC West lead.
The first quarter wasn’t very productive for the Oakland Raiders, and the only points they were able to put up on the board came from Sebastian Janikowski, as he kicked in a 21-yard field goal to cap off a drive that lasted nearly three minutes. The Jaguars were able to score the first touchdown of the game, as Blaine Gabbert threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to his wideout Cecil Shorts, on a beautiful lob that stunned the Oakland crowd. Earlier in the quarter, Palmer hooked up with Heyward-Bey on a 59-yard pass that really showed what Heyward-Bey is capable of. Hopefully Raiders fans will be able to see more of that. Also, star running back Maurice Jones-Drew was sidelined during the first quarter due to injury, which should’ve helped the Raiders more than it actually did.
In the following fifteen minutes, Jacksonville outscored the Raiders while also losing their starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert to what looked like a shoulder injury. Oakland fumbled a punt which was recovered by the Jaguars early in the second quarter, and the Jaguars ended up scoring a touchdown on their ensuing drive. Then, later in the quarter, Palmer unleashed a pass that he awkwardly threw in desperation and it was intercepted by the Jaguars, which really made fans heartbroken. With the ball, Jacksonville booted in a 50-yard field goal. Then they brought a surprise. They went with an onside kick, and recovered! It was a wild quarter but eventually it was over, which was a sigh of relief for Raiders fans. At halftime, the score was 17-6, due to Janikowski’s 33-yard field goal he kicked in earlier.
After halftime, the third quarter featured the first touchdown of the afternoon for the Oakland Raiders. They scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass that Palmer unleashed to Denarius Moore. It was a great play and one that got the Oakland crowd pumped up. Prior to that, Jacksonville converted on a 40-yard field goal that Scobee kicked in, so the Raiders were still playing from behind.
With the final quarter underway, both teams started out by exchanging field goals. Scobee booted in a 45-yard field goal for the Jaguars, while Sebastian Janikowski kicked in a 31-yard field goal for the Raiders. Prior to Janikowski’s kick, Palmer threw a perfect ball to Rod Streater in the end zone, who just barely dropped the ball. So with the score remaining at 23-16, the Oakland Raiders were poised for the comeback, and the crowd was really getting into it. Chad Henne, who was replacing Blaine Gabbert, was starting to feel pressure and get sacked by the Raiders’ defense. After a solid Raiders’ drive, they were faced with a 4th-and-10 with just under four minutes left, and Dennis Allen chose to go for it. Carson Palmer threw a deep bomb to Darrius Heyward-Bey who went up for it in the end zone, but was pulled down by the Jaguars’ defender. Pass interference! First down for the Raiders. The Raiders then punched it in with a 1-yard Carson Palmer run fot the touchdown. After the PAT, it was tie game, 23-23.
Janikowski lined up for a 64-yard field goal to win the game, but it was short, and the game went to overtime.
In overtime, the Jaguars won the toss, but turned the ball over on their opening drive on a fumble that was recovered by cornerback Joselio Hanson of the Raiders. That set Janikowski up perfectly for a 40-yard field goal to win the game 26-23.