Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/22/12
After a horrible first half, the Oakland Raiders rallied to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Defensive end Lamarr Houston forced a fumble that was recovered by Joselio Hanson on the Jaguars first possession of overtime. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski then booted a 40 yard field goal to give the Raiders a 26-23 win and improve to 2-4 on the season.

At times in the first half, Oakland was flat out ugly. Punt returner Phillip Adams muffed a punt and quarterback Carson Palmer through a crazy flip pass that was intercepted. Both led to Jaguars scores. The Raiders only mustered 19 rushing yards in the first half. Running back Darren McFadden finished with 53 yards on 19 carries. However, the team rebounded in the second half and grinded out a much needed victory.

Palmer responded in the second half when the Raiders trailed 17-6 with a terrific performance. He finished the game 26-46 for 298 yards, one touchdown and the interception. He was under heavy pressure all afternoon from the Jacksonville defense taking several crushing hits. Every time, Palmer got back up and tried to make a play for the offense.

With both starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert and starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew leaving the game with injuries, the Oakland defense played its best game of the season. They used a variety of blitzes to pressure back-up Chad Henne into incompletions or sacks. They were able to get sacks from Richard Seymour, Miles Burris, and Houston, who made the strip to give the Raiders the win. The defense held Jacksonville to only 206 total yards.

The Raiders still had their issues in the red zone. They had to settle for two field goals on drives that should have resulted in touchdowns and had several three and outs. Oakland scored first, set up by Palmer to Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 59 yard completion down the sideline. However they settle for a 3-0 lead. The Jaguars responded when Gabbert hit wide receiver Cecil Shorts for a 42 yard touchdown. After the Adams muffed punt, running back Rashad Jennings scored a five yard touchdown to extend the Jaguars led to 14-3.

Palmer was intercepted trying to make a play with the Raiders trailing. He attempted to flip the ball while under duress and it was intercepted. That led to a Jaguars field goal. The Raiders were able to put a drive together late in the second quarter for a 33 yard Janikowski field goal to trim the deficit to 17-6.

Jacksonville tacked on a Josh Scobee field goal 40 yard field goal on their first possession of the second half. From that point the Raiders came alive and began to furiously attempt a comeback. Palmer found Denarius Moore on an eight yard touchdown to give bring Oakland within a score at 20-13. A sack fumble allowed Scobee to connect on another field goal, this time from 45 yards out to extend the lead to 23-13.

The Raiders defense was consistently put in bad situation by the turnovers in the first two and a half quarters. They responded with an inspired effort and kept the Jaguars from blowing the game open. With the defense keeping them in the game, Palmer orchestrated another scoring drive capped off by a Janikowski 31 yard field goal with just under seven minutes remaining.

The Oakland defense came up huge again forcing the Jaguars into a three and out and giving the Raiders an opportunity to tie the game with a touchdown. As the offense drove down the field penalties pushed them outside them outside the redzone and into a fourth and ten situation. After electing to try a field goal, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, at the urging of Palmer, decided to go for it. Palmer went deep down the sideline to Heyward-Bey who was mugged by Aaron Ross for a pass interference penalty. Palmer would sneak in the touchdown from a yard out to tie the game at 23-23.

Both teams possessed the ball in the last two minutes but were unable to put points on the board. The Raiders tried a 64 yard Sebastian Janikowski kick at the end of the fourth quarter, but came up short. In the overtime, Jacksonville received the kickoff, but Houston stripped Shorts and Hanson recovered. Oakland used a play to set up Janikowski for the 40 yard game winning field goal.

 

 



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