The Ravens and Raiders performed a pulsating “Monday Night Football” recreation in Las Vegas to cap Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, with the Raiders successful 33-27 in additional time.
That’s the brief approach of describing one of many wildest finishes to an NFL recreation in latest reminiscence: There was a whole recreation’s value of twists and turns in simply the ultimate six-plus minutes of OT recreation motion. Take the successful coach’s phrase for it:
“I felt like I had died and woke up, and died again,” Las Vegas’ Jon Gruden mentioned. “I was like a cat; I had multiple lives tonight.”
Here’s SN’s try at capturing simply how a lot of a roller-coaster additional time was:
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Bryan Edwards’ would-be recreation winner
Las Vegas received the toss to begin OT and obtained. Six performs later, it appeared it had received the sport with a 33-yard landing connection between Derek Carr and Bryan Edwards. The name on the sphere was a landing, anyway.
Allegiant Stadium, open to followers for the primary time, erupted. Players started shaking arms even whereas the scoring play was below evaluation. Turns out their sportsmanship was untimely. The evaluation confirmed Edwards was down on the Ravens’ 1. There was little question in regards to the reversal.
Game again on.
Derek Carr’s off-the-helmet interception
So Robinson was brief, however the Raiders nonetheless wanted only a yard to win. Carr was stuffed on a sneak, nevertheless, earlier than rookie lineman Alex Leatherwood dedicated a false begin. Vegas was now simply exterior Baltimore’s 5 dealing with second down.
That meant Carr had extra space 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 huge open over the center on the following play. Had Snead gotten his arms on the ball, he might have jogged into the tip zone. But the ball went proper by means of these arms.
It then clanked off the helmet of Ravens security DeShon Elliott earlier than touchdown within the arms of cornerback Anthony Averett for the unbelievable interception.
Game 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 bought Las Vegas the ball again with an enormous hustle play, speeding off the sting and strip-sacking Lamar Jackson on third down in Baltimore territory. Darius Philon recovered Jackson’s fumble on the Ravens’ 27.
Game 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 compelled additional time by making a 55-yarder with two seconds left in regulation and was a 44-yarder to win it. But 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 successful 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.
Game nonetheless going, and now much more bizarre.
Carr beats the blitz for the sport winner
With Vegas already in area objective 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 towards Carr.
Carr calmly dropped again and, from his again foot, lofted a protracted ball to a wide-open Zay Jones, who completed off the successful completion.
One purpose Jones was on their lonesome downfield: Ravens defensive again Marlon Humphrey bought picked by a teammate in protection. Another purpose: Carr advised ESPN the Raiders had the best play known as for Baltimore’s zero blitz. This time, there was little question: The landing stood.