The first seven minutes this game shaping up to be a long one. Four punts with one first down. That's when things started to liven up a bit.
The Titans got the ball and drove 88 yards down the field for a touchdown. The first play of the drive went for 36 yards on a pass to tight end Delanie Walker. The final catch of the drive went for 20 yards to tight end Craig Stevens. The touchdown catch was set up by an unnecessary roughness penalty on Dan Williams. Of the remaining 77 yards, 62 of them went to tight ends.
The extra point attempt was blocked to give the Titans a 6-0 lead.
It wasn't just the Titans' offense that came to life. The Raiders answered that scoring drive with one of their own. They drove 77 yards in seven plays finishing it off with a 7-yard touchdowns strike from Carr to Michael Crabtree. The drive started with a 25-yard strike over the middle to Seth Roberts and featured a 23-yard screen pass to Latavius Murray to set the Raiders up at the Tennessee 18-yard-line.
The score and extra point put the Raiders up 7-6.
After the Raiders defense forced a three-and-out, the offense had driven to the Tennessee 36-yard-line and in third and two, they chose to go for it. Carr fumbled the snap and opted to throw the ball away for a turnover on downs.
The Titans put together a long drive in response and were in field goal range at the Oakland 31-yard-line, but a Khalil Mack sack pushed them out of range to force a punt.
Even without the score, the Titans had driven for the field position advantage and after the punt. The Raiders got the ball at the 4-yard-line and drove for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal to take a 10-6 lead.
That lead was extended in the third quarter when the Raiders took their first drive of the second half for a touchdown. The drive featured a 41-yard pass up the right sideline to Amari Cooper. It was finished off with a pass to Seth Roberts who broke a tackle and scored from ten yards out to give the Raiders a 17-6 lead.
The Titans would get back into it one their next drive for a touchdown. The drive was kept alive by two TJ Carrie penalties. He was called for holding and pass interference, both on third down and both resulting in a first down. The touchdown came on a 20-yard pass to Harry Douglas who caught the touchdown despite a blatant pass interference by Neiko Thorpe. The Titans went for two and converted to pull to 17-14.
On the ensuing kick return, new return man Jeremy Ross fumbled the ball and the Titans recovered inside the Oakland 20-yard-line. A Khalil Mack sack - his second of the day - helped lead to a third and 9 at which point Titans tight end Delanie Walker was called for offensive pass interference. In third and 20, Marcus Mariota's pass fluttered and David Amerson intercepted it to keep the Titans from scoring and maintain a 17-14 lead.
The fourth quarter got real interesting. After each team swapped three-and-outs, Derek Carr fumbled the snap and the Titans took over and drove 42 yards for the touchdown. Khalil Mack was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty that put the Titans in first and goal at the 9-yard-line. A pass interference by Neiko Thorpe in the end zone gave the Titans the first down at the one-yard-line and they scored on the next play to take a 21-17 lead.
With 4:34 left in the game, the Raiders would get the ball in need of a touchdown. A block in the back on the kick return would start that drive at their own 10-yard-line needing to go 90 yards. They drove to the Tennessee 36-yard-line and were in 4th and 8. Derek Carr dropped back and launched a pass to the end zone to a double covered Andre Holmes and it fell incomplete. With under 2:00 left, it looked to be the end.
But there was a flag on the field. The penalty was defensive holding and it gave the Raiders new life. And in two plays, the Raiders took advantage and put it in the end zone. The first play over the middle for 19 yards to Mychal Rivera to put the Raiders in first down at the 12-yard-line. Then Carr hit Seth Roberts in the left side of the end zone for the touchdown and a 24-21 lead.
After picking up the first down on a 27-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to Delanie Walker, Mariota's intended target Kendall Wright slipped down on his route and Nate Allen intercepted it to seal the Raiders victory.
The Raiders improve to 5-6 on the season while the Titans fall to 2-9.
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