Carr Davant hit Adams with a wide open B 35 yard touchdown pass In game three of overtime, the Las Vegas Raiders took home a 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
“I always loved those moments. It’s what I dreamed of as a kid,” Carr said after leading the Raiders (3-7) to their first seven-game, one-point win of the season.
The Broncos (3-7) found another way to a close one loss, losing their sixth game by one score when Wilson left plenty of time on the clock at the end of regulation.
Denver was hanging on to a 16-13 lead at the two-minute warning when Wilson rolled 3rd-and-1 on his 34 and instead of sliding to burn more time, he pulled up and shot out of bounds.
“We asked for the pass to try to finish the game there,” Wilson said. “We got a first down, game over. They covered it well, I was trying to get out of the pocket and then (Jalen) Virgil was scrambling. I thought I had him, I tried to shoot him and the ball just kind of went wide.
“But we have the best defense in the world and unfortunately it didn’t work out this time.”
Wilson’s error stopped the clock, and the Raiders, who had no timeouts left and hadn’t had all afternoon, got the ball back with 1:43 left instead of a minute.
Carr drove them 71 yards, and Josh Jacobs hit it back 43 yards to the Denver 7 to set up kicker Daniel Carlson to tie the game with 16 seconds left in the game.
The Raiders won the coin-toss in overtime and Brandon McManus kicked it to the 5-yard line instead of blasting the ball out from the back of the end zone. Amir Abdullah returned it 28 yards to the Las Vegas 33.
After Jacobs lost a yard, Carr hit tight end Foster Morrow for a 33-yard touchdown over the middle to the Denver 35. From there, Adams overwhelmed the Denver defense and was alone for the game-winner, giving him 141 yards and two TDs on seven catches. Carr finished 23 of 37 for 307 yards.
“Learn from this game and learn from my mistakes,” said Broncos star Pat Surtain II after turning around in the final game and also giving up 31-yard TD reception Adams in the first half.
McManus’ 48-yard field goal put the Broncos ahead 16-13 with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter and the Denver defense forced the Raiders to go three-and-out. But Wilson couldn’t burn enough time on the clock before the Raiders got the ball back.
First-year Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett relinquished offensive play-calling duties to Clint Kubik, his QB coach and passing game coordinator, saying, “I want to do everything I can to help this team.”
The move immediately paid off when the Broncos scored a touchdown on their opening drive under Wilson, whose 32-yard throw to Kendall Hinton set up Latavius Murray’s 1-yard TD run.
After that, the match settled into an expected defensive relationship from two teams plagued by injuries and ineffective offensive play.
“Everybody’s sick of their stomachs week after week,” Broncos quarterback Alex Singleton said after the Broncos built another early lead, this time 10-0. “We know what we need to do. We have to find a way.”
Maxx Crosby led big in the dying seconds of the first half, blocking a touchdown and then a field goal as the Raiders gave the Broncos back and kept their deficit to 10-7 at the half.
Crosby bunted the ball off the exposed arms of Melvin Gordon at the 1. Although goaltender Quinn Myners recovered for Denver at 7, Crosby blocked McManus’ 25-yard attempt as halftime ended.
This was Crosby Third career blocked field goal, and all three were against the Broncos. He had two against Denver on January 3, 2021.
“If you don’t block that field goal, we have to score a touchdown at the end of regulation, so I thought it was a massive game,” said Raiders coach Josh McDaniels. “I thought it definitely gave us a little bit of a boost there.”
Crosby had two sacks in the second half, giving him nine of Las Vegas’ 14 sacks on the season.
In the first quarter, Carlson’s 48-yard sailing wide right kicked it for the first missed field goal since November 7, 2021, against the Giants at the Meadowlands.
After tying in overtime gave the Raiders their sixth straight victory over Denver for the first time since 1992-94, Carr and Adams walked off the court together.
“It was an amazing feeling,” Adams said. “I saved Derek a little bit. He almost pulled us into the wrong tunnel. He was a little excited.”
Adams has three overtimes, tied with LaDainian Tomlinson for the most in NFL history.
Raiders’ S Doron Harmon suffered a leg injury early in the fourth quarter. Harmon was playing in his 154th consecutive game.
The Broncos lost RB Chase Edmonds (ankle) on their first drive and DT DJ Jones (hand) and DL Jonathan Harris (knee) on their second quarter.
The Raiders visit Seattle next Sunday, their fourth road game in five weeks.
The Broncos visit Carolina next Sunday.
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