It’s a tie: Las Vegas Raiders historic run of last play wins has them in playoff hunt

HENDERSON (Nev.) — The Las Vegas Raiders are poised for their second playoff berth after the 2002 Super Bowl.

It was also historic.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Raiders have five walk-off victories this season, more than the four Baltimore Ravens had in 2015.

Rich Bisaccia, interim Raiders coach and Jon Gruden’s replacement, said that they would like to believe that the Raiders are a team that cares about one another. He has gone 6-5 since taking over.

“We are a team that does what we know and knows what it takes to win. Then, we’re a team that competes with relentless effort from beginning to end. Sometimes it goes your way and other times it doesn’t.

Except that the Raiders know only one way when it comes time to walk offs.

Here’s a breakdown of the Raiders five walk-off wins… so far.


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What happened?: It was an amazing way to kick off ESPN’s Monday Night Football with the first regular season NFL game in Las Vegas. After the Ravens took the lead with a 47-yard kick from Justin Tucker, Daniel Carlson was forced to shoot a 55 yard field goal to force overtime. On the Raiders’ first drive of overtime, Derek Carr passed a touchdown to Bryan Edwards for 33 yards. This set off a celebration. However, the replay official ruled Edwards out at the 1-yard mark. Carr was caught in a Carr snoop, Alex Leatherwood’s false start, and an incompletion. Carr then fired a fastball from Willie Snead IV into the arms of Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett to make an end zone intercept.

To win, all the Ravens required was a field goal. Five snaps later Carl Nassib, the first openly-gay player in a regular season NFL game, stripped-sacked Lamar Jackson. Darius Philon then recovered the fumble at Baltimore’s 27-yard line. They were also penalized for delay in game after Kenyan Drake ran 1-yards. Carr was able to hit Zay Jones wide open for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Raiders 33, Ravens 27. A breathless audience exhaled. Finally.

What it meant: The Raiders home opener featured a halftime performance by Ice Cube and Too Short. This was a show to remember and set the stage in the future for a rollercoaster season.

What they said: “We were down 14-0 against the Ravens and it didn’t turn out well. It wasn’t pretty. However, it was a positive sign that you could come back and win against this team. This is an impressive win. It’s a remarkable victory. Jon Gruden


What happened?: The Raiders fell behind 14-0 at home after a second consecutive week. However, they scored 25 unanswered touchdown points. This began with a cornerback Casey Hayward Jr.’s perfect tackle for a safety. With two seconds remaining in regulation, the Dolphins forced OT with a 2-point conversion. Things got heated as both teams traded field goals during their first overtime possessions.

Peyton Barber signed off on the street one week before the season started. Carr’s 34-yard pass to Edwards brought the Raiders to their 46-yard line. Barber ran the ball four more times for 40 yards to bring Las Vegas to its 6-yard line. Carlson’s game-winning 22 yarder was preceded by an infraction in neutral zone. There were three seconds left in the OT. Raiders 31, Dolphins.

What it meantLas Vegas moved up to 3-0 This would be Gruden’s last game as Raiders coach.

They said it!“The fans are amazing, they didn’t leave us. It was probably possible that I would have quit when it was 14-0. But they didn’t leave. They are a great help to the guys on the sidelines, and that makes it harder for the opposition. This makes it more difficult for the opposition team to perform. It’s noisy, and there were many Dolphins fan dogs. That was something I saw today. Miami is a well-known franchise. They traveled well and had their loyal here.” Gruden


What happened?: With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Carlson’s 56-yard field goal and the Cowboys’ 45-yarder from Greg Zuerlein’s kicker set up overtime. Dallas won the coin toss but the Raiders defense forced them to make a three-and out on Cowboys initial possession of OT. After that, Las Vegas’ vertical game worked. It was sort of.

Carr threw a bomb to Jones on the right side of the Raiders’ third-and-18 line. Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown, a Cowboys player, was flagged as pass interference. This was his fourth flag of the game. Jones ran down the right side and took the ball to Jones at the Dallas 24-yard line. The ball was at the Dallas 11 after three runs of 8 yards, a false start, and two neutral zone violations. Carlson finished the Thanksgiving Day marathon in 3 hours and 53 minutes with a 29-yard field kick. Raiders 36, Cowboys33.

What it meant: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was adamant about the Cowboys losing too many PIs to his team. He called it “Throw Up Ball” and the Raiders pulled through a three-game post bye tailspin in front a large Turkey Day national audience. This was the biggest NFL regular-season TV audience since 1993.

What they said“It was not something that anyone thought we would win. Paul, I don’t think you can blame me for how we played last weekend. But we did. But you were wrong. This was good because it’s true that I love you. These things are not ranked by me, so I don’t know. It was fun. As I do every day, I gave it all. We did a better job today. They were valid things that occurred, so the penalties clearly helped. We kept saying, “They are holding.” We feel like they’re going after us if we don’t let them hold us. “I thought that for our whole team, the entire experience that has occurred, and the ability to bounce back, speaks volumes about the football character — that of the men…. That’s why, I believe, we can continue on and make it a successful run.” Carr


What happened?The NFL had already delayed the Raiders’ game by 49 hours due to the Browns COVID-19 epidemic. But the Raiders allowed a battered Browns team, playing its third-string quarterback, to hang around long enough for Cleveland to win. Carr, who was down by 13 points with three minutes remaining, was intercepted by Gredy Williams (Browns cornerback) on a long ball that Jones threw in Jones’ direction. Cleveland took the ball at their own 23-yard line, and would have won with a first down. Las Vegas forced a three -and-out, and the Raiders took over at their own 29 yard line with 1:50 left and no timeouts.

Carr quickly moved the Raiders’ downfield with both short and intermediate passes. He hit running back Josh Jacobs, tight end Foster Moreau and Jones for 3 and 12 yards, respectively. Jones was then able to run for 12 and 15 yards. A 17-yarder by Jones was negated by holding, and the Raiders were immediately at the Cleveland 30 yard line. Carlson signed a four-year contract extension worth $18.4 million earlier in the month. However, the second was denied by a Cleveland team timeout. As time expired, he hit the 48-yarder. Raiders 16, Browns 14..

What it meant: The Raiders season was saved. Las Vegas could easily have finished 7-10 with a loss. The Raiders won and ended their two-game losing streak. They now look forward to an unlikely postseason push.

What they said: “It kinda dies when you get into the zone. It must be made into background noise. It’s fun when people are shouting at you, but it’s not always enjoyable to sit on the sidelines. My wife knows that I am not good at multitasking when I’m in the zone. I won’t hear my wife yell at me if I’m on my smartphone. That might be a good thing. Carlson


What happened?: With 54 seconds left, the Raiders had reached the Colts’ line at 48 yards. It was tied. Third-and-10 was facing them. Carr, under immense pressure, reached into the pocket and threw to the right. This led to a Hunter Renfrow breaking Hunter Renfrow’s hand with a perfectly placed pass over Colts cornerback Kenny Moore. Renfrow dropped it within the 25 yard line. Moore was only one touch short of touching it, as Renfrow lost balance and fell to the turf. It wasn’t a touchdown.

In fact, the initial ruling was that it was a touchdown. However, the replay official saw the touch and gave Las Vegas control of the ball at the Indianapolis 24-yard mark. Two seconds left, three Jacobs runs later, and the Raiders were on the Colts 15-yard line. Enter Carlson. Ballgame. Raiders 23, Colts 20,.

What it meant: The Raiders’ improbable march to a win-and-they’re-in-the-playoffs showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers stayed on course.

What they said: [touched]At first it was difficult, but I’m glad that I was. We were then able to turn the clock back. Renfrow