Raiders Tavecchio kicks four field goals in 26-16 win

Oakland Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio watches a field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

By Jeremy Kahn

Derek Carr loved being back on the field in a real game for the first time breaking his leg in the home finale for the Oakland Raiders.

Carr, who broke his leg on December 24 against the Indianapolis Colts threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns and the Raiders defeated the Tennessee Titans 26-16 at Nissan Stadium.

It was the third straight for the Raiders over the Titans and their quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is also returning to the field after breaking hours after Carr broke his leg on Christmas Eve.

Amari Cooper caught a touchdown pass from Carr, while Marshawn Lynch, who sat out last season after announcing his retirement from NFL, finished the game by carrying the ball 18 times for 76 yards.

Mariota ran for a touchdown, and threw for 256 yards.

The return of Carr and Lynch were big for the Raiders, but their biggest news came from their left-footed kicker and his name was not Sebastian Janikowski.

Former Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio kicked four field goals, including two from more than 50 yards.

Tavecchio, who signed a contract with the team on Friday replaced Janikowski, the team’s all-time leading scorer and 18-year veteran, who is on injured reserve with a bad back.

Tavecchio, who connected on two 52-yard field goals in the contest became the first player in NFL history to kick two field goals from 50 yards or more in his NFL debut.

He also joined Janikowski as the only two players in team history to make multiple 50-yard field goals in a single game.

The Titans attempted an onside kick on the opening kickoff; however, it did not succeed. The Minnesota Vikings were the last team to attempt an onside kick in their season opener in 2009.

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