Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/10/11

Just a day after losing legendary owner Al Davis, the Oakland Raiders were statistically dominated by the Houston Texans. At the end of the day, the organization that Davis built found a way to just win, baby.

In the most emotional game in franchise history, the Raiders found a way to win 25-20 at the final whistle, despite committing 11 penalties for 89 yards and being outgained on offense by 195 yards. Michael Huff ended the game in dramatic fashion, intercepting a Matt Schaub pass in the end zone with no time on the clock.

“We know he’s looking down on us right now,” Huff said according to ESPN’s official website. “This win is for him. I appreciate everything he’s done for this organization. He’s never gone in our eyes. We’ll never let him go. He’s with us.”

An emotional scene took place in the locker room after as Hue Jackson showed the love he had for the man who gave him his first NFL head coaching job. Jackson insisted that although Huff made a great play, it was helped by the hand of the fallen Davis, who is watching over the team.

Controversial Al Davis draft picke Darrius Heyward-Bey showed up to play. Heyward-Bey had 99 yards and a touchdown. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“One thing coach always taught me was he said: ‘Hue don’t believe in plays, believe in players and eventually the players will make plays for you,’” Jackson said during the postgame locker room speech. “And that’s what I did. I could just hear him saying that to me the whole time. Believe in your players and not the plays.”

The Raiders had no business winning this game. They were outplayed in almost every phase of the game, but with the help of Al Davis picked players such as Richard Seymour, Sebastian Janikowski, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Jason Campbell, the team found a way to do Davis’s favorite thing; win.

“This is a new beginning for this football team,” Jackson continued in his postgame speech said. “We don’t care if they’re ugly, we don’t care if they’re pretty. We just don’t care. Our No. 1 purpose when we play is to win.”

The Raider’s almost blew the opportunity to win. Schaub found Joel Dressen 5 yards from the end zone on a deep pass with just seven seconds to go and spiked the ball with 7 seconds remaining down just five points. Just like the team did earlier on a fake punt on fourth on one, the team found a way to get the job done, whether it looked pretty or ugly.

Just one day after the death of one of the most influential man in NFL history, the Raiders found a way to somehow get a tough win on the road. I don’t think Al would have asked for anything more from his team.

 

Rest in peace Al Davis; forever a Raider.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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