Photo: Michael Clemens/Las Vegas Raiders
By Shawn McCullough
The Raiders needed a late touchdown drive and a two point conversion to beat the Broncos, 32-31, in Denver.
Down 31-24, Las Vegas drove 77 yards on seven plays ending in a one yard rushing touchdown by Josh Jacobs with 24 seconds left in the game.
Instead of kicking the extra point to likely send the game to overtime, the Raiders went for a two-point conversion as Derek Carr hit Darren Waller to win the game.
“When we get down there and score the touchdown by Josh, we knew what we were going to do,” said Carr. “You couldn’t draw it up any better.”
Carr finished the game throwing for 371 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Darren Waller and Bryan Edwards.
“I am just glad that we won the football game,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “But more than anything, I am really proud of our team. We battled our brains out as much as we could.”
With the win, the Raiders finished the season 8-8, their best season since going 12-4 in 2016.
“We may have not been perfect, we may not have won 10 games this year, we may not have been in the playoffs, but there is something about this group,” said Carr. “Just the kind of character is why I feel it’s different [this season] .”
“We wanted to finish the year the right way and just come out and play our best football,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs finished the game rushing 15 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders finished the season 4-2 in the AFC West.
“We’re really a couple of plays away from winning every game in the division,” said Gruden. “So we made some progress, but we still have some long strides to make.”
- The Raiders outgained the Broncos, 465-446.
- Darren Waller finished the game catching nine balls for 117 yards and a touchdown.
- After starting the season 6-3, the Raiders lost 5 of their last 7 games.