LAS VEGAS – Here is a breathtaking drama.
Just as it emerged that the Baltimore Ravens were knocked out for the overtime count on Monday night, a miracle happened in the form of an interception from Derek Carr.
Then came another miracle with a Lamar Jackson fumble.
That set the stage for Carr’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones that saw the Raiders claim a 33-27 victory in one of the most remarkable overtime finishes imaginable.
That’s how the Raiders delivered a performance in their first real game in front of a live audience at their new home, Allegiant Stadium, since the franchise left Oakland last year.
Someone called the place Death Star… as doomed for visiting teams. Well, the Ravens, who lost a 14-point lead and were derailed by two fumbles from Jackson in the second half, know all about fate.
Carr had 435 yards but definitely saved his best for last. He couldn’t be blamed for the overtime interception. It slipped through wide receiver Willie Snead IV, ricocheted off the shoulder pads of Ravens safety DeShon Elliott and into the hands of Anthony Averett. The Raiders went from a premature celebration after it emerged that Bryan Edwards scored a winning 33-yard TD on the first and goal on the 1-yard line… to heartache.
Only a reprieve came when Carl Nassib snatched the ball away from Jackson, which allowed Carr to throw another big shot.
What a start in front of the fans. It lived up to the marquee magic that Las Vegas is famous for. And what a curtain call.