The Ravens and Raiders performed a pulsating “Monday Night time Soccer” recreation in Las Vegas to cap Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, with the Raiders profitable 33-27 in extra time.
That is the quick method of describing one of many wildest finishes to an NFL recreation in current reminiscence: There was a complete recreation’s value of twists and turns in simply the ultimate six-plus minutes of OT recreation motion. Take the profitable coach’s phrase for it:
“I felt like I had died and wakened, and died once more,” Las Vegas’ Jon Gruden stated. “I used to be like a cat; I had a number of lives tonight.”
This is SN’s try at capturing simply how a lot of a roller-coaster extra time was:
Bryan Edwards’ would-be recreation winner
Las Vegas gained the toss to begin OT and acquired. Six performs later, it appeared it had gained the sport with a 33-yard landing connection between Derek Carr and Bryan Edwards. The decision on the sphere was a landing, anyway.
Allegiant Stadium, open to followers for the primary time, erupted. Gamers started shaking fingers even whereas the scoring play was beneath evaluation. Seems their sportsmanship was untimely. The evaluation confirmed Edwards was down on the Ravens’ 1. There was little doubt concerning the reversal.
Recreation again on.
Derek Carr’s off-the-helmet interception
So Robinson was quick, however the Raiders nonetheless wanted only a yard to win. Carr was stuffed on a sneak, nonetheless, earlier than rookie lineman Alex Leatherwood dedicated a false begin. Vegas was now simply outdoors Baltimore’s 5 going through second down.
That meant Carr had more room to throw, which is what he did. He missed Hunter Renfrow within the nook of the tip zone on second down, however had Willie Snead breaking extensive open over the center on the following play. Had Snead gotten his fingers on the ball, he might have jogged into the tip zone. However the ball went proper by these fingers.
It then clanked off the helmet of Ravens security DeShon Elliott earlier than touchdown within the arms of cornerback Anthony Averett for the inconceivable interception.
Recreation nonetheless on.
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Carl Nassib’s strip sack of Lamar Jackson
The Ravens’ stint on offense did not final lengthy; Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib received Las Vegas the ball again with an enormous hustle play, dashing off the sting and strip-sacking Lamar Jackson on third down in Baltimore territory. Darius Philon recovered Jackson’s fumble on the Ravens’ 27.
Recreation nonetheless going.
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Icing the kicker for the win
Kenyan Drake ran for a yard on the primary play of Las Vegas’ ensuing drive earlier than the Raiders determined to place the sport on Daniel Carlson’s foot; he had already pressured extra time by making a 55-yarder with two seconds left in regulation and was a 44-yarder to win it. However Carlson was late getting onto the sphere, forcing Las Vegas to take a delay of recreation penalty because it was out of timeouts. The ball was set again to the Baltimore 31.
A 49-yarder was nonetheless nicely in Carlson’s vary, however Gruden determined to place the offense again on the sphere on second-and-14. Peyton and Eli Manning figured on their ESPN2 megacast (with particular visitor Russell Wilson) that Gruden was pushing the reset button on a profitable kick; run one other play after which have Carlson come again out.
The choice to bypass Carlson labored higher than anybody in silver and black might have imagined.
Recreation nonetheless going, and now much more weird.
Carr beats the blitz for the sport winner
With Vegas already in discipline aim vary, Baltimore went for broke to push the kick farther again or create one other turnover. It went all 2020 Jets and despatched the home in opposition to Carr.
Carr calmly dropped again and, from his again foot, lofted an extended ball to a wide-open Zay Jones, who completed off the profitable completion.
One motive Jones was on their own downfield: Ravens defensive again Marlon Humphrey received picked by a teammate in protection. One more reason: Carr instructed ESPN the Raiders had the best play referred to as for Baltimore’s zero blitz. This time, there was little doubt: The landing stood.