Story and photo by R. Mascardo
OAKLAND — Derek Carr threw four TD passes and a game-tying 2-point conversion with 30 seconds left to set up Matt McGrane’s 29-yard field goal in overtime.
It was the Oakland Raiders’ first win since Jon Gruden returned as coach, 45-42, over the Cleveland Browns on September 30.
McGrane missed a 50-yard field goal on the opening possession at overtime before Carr drove the Raiders back down the field again after a defensive stop for the game winner with 1:46 left in the period.
The field goal dealt the Browns another tough loss as they blew a 14-point lead in the second half and then allowed the game-tying TD and 2-point conversion in the final seconds to spoil Baker Mayfield’s NFL debut.
Mayfield, the number one over-all pick, threw 295 yards and two touchdowns for Cleveland but also committed four turn-overs, two fumbles and two interceptions. The Browns were seeking their first back-to-back wins since November 2014.
It was a roller-coaster game that had the Browns on a 28-14 lead midway through the third quarter, only to fall behind, 34-28, early in the fourth quarter. In part due to Mayfield’s two fumbles deep in Browns territory, giving Carr the opportunity to set up TD passes.
Mayfield then led the Browns across the midfield before his deep pass was intercepted by Reggie Nelson to force an overtime. Mayfield was unable to duplicate the late-game heroics in last week’s game against the Jets.
NEXT: Raiders head south to face LA Chargers on October 7.