Early on it looked like the Raiders would outclass the Giants. Marshawn Lynch took a handoff and went for 51 yards and a touchdown on the Raiders’ first possession. On the other side of the ball, the defense held Geno Smith and the Giants to three straight three-and-outs to begin the game.
There wouldn’t be a fourth straight three-and-out. In fact, with their first first down of the game, they went all the way, 74 yards for a game-tying touchdown to end the first quarter with a tie game.
The following drive, the Raiders moved into New York territory at the 45-yard-line. They went for it on 4th and one and Marshawn Lynch was stuffed for a loss and a turnover on downs.
With a short field, Geno Smith found tight end Evan Engram wide open in the seam for 16 yards to put them in field goal range at the Oakland 34. A few plays later, Bruce Irvin got around the left edge to strip sack Smith. NaVorro Bowman recovered and the Raiders take over without giving up any points.
The offense took advantage, driving for a field goal to take a 10-7 lead.
With the defense holding the Giants to a punt, the offense would have just under two minutes to try and extend the lead. They nearly ended up surrendering it.
Brad Wing’s punt went 69 yards and was downed at the the Oakland one-yard-line. The Raiders would get out to the 20, but would have to punt. Marquette King took the snap only to have a defender right in his face. He didn’t even get the punt off, giving the Giants the ball at the 9-yard-line.
That’s when Khalil Mack said nuh uh. In second and goal from the four-yard-line, he came on the rush, sacking Geno Smith and ripping the ball out to once again keep the Giants from scoring. It sent the two teams into the locker room with the Raiders thankful to be clinging to a 10-7 lead.
The third quarter was a punt fest for both teams. That was until the final seconds when Johnny Holton caught a pass that would have been a big gain and put the Raiders in scoring range, but he had the ball knocked out and the Giants recovered.
A three-and-out by the Giants kept the fumble from being too costly. And once again the Raider capitalized on the turnover, driving for a touchdown. The big play was on third and 7 when Derek Carr dumped it off to Marshawn Lynch who made a man miss in the open field, broke a second tackle, and then drove through defenders for 21 yards to put the Raiders at the 25-yard-line.
Then Johnny Holton had a highlight of his own, leaping in the air and tapping his toes just inbounds along the right sideline for 16 yards. In first and goal at the 9-yard-line, DeAndre Washington ran through the right guard gap, broke a tackle and scored the touchdown to give the Raiders a 17-7 lead.
Also on that drive, Marshawn Lynch hit 101 yards for his first 100-yard rushing game as a Raider. He did it on 16 carries.
The celebration was short-lived, as the Giants drove for a touchdown of their own to bring it back to a 3-point game at 17-14. The touchdown went to Evan Engram who got behind Karl Joseph from ten yards out.
THAT celebration was also short-lived as suddenly the two teams seem to find their offenses. On the first play, Carr threw a short pass to a crossing Cordarrelle Patterson who turned on the jets and was gone for 59 yards up the left sideline. He was caught by the ankles at the 9-yard-line. Three plays later, Carr found Johnny Holton on a slant for the touchdown. The score brought the Raiders back to a 10-point lead at 24-14.
With under three minutes remaining, the Giants would have to score and do it quickly. A Geno Smith scramble for 10 yards. A few plays later, in third and two, tight end Evan Engram made a spectacular one-handed leaping grab for 22 yards to put the Giants at the Oakland 36, knocking on the door at the 2-minute warning.
Denico Autry got up to knock Smith’s first pass attempt down. Two plays later, Smith tried to scramble out of the pocket and Autry got him around the ankles for the sack and three-yard loss. The Giants had to go for the 52-yard field goal and hit it to bring it to a one-score game with 1:38 remaining.
They attempted the onside kick, DeAndre Washington recovered it, but with the Giants still in possession of two timeouts, they would need a first down to put the game on ice. Three runs by Washington for 6 yards, 3 yards, and 2 yards put the game away.
Lynch finished with 101 yards on 17 carries (5.9 ypc). Derek Carr threw for 287 yards and one touchdown with a passer rating of 95.5. Cordarrelle Patterson led the receivers with 4 catches on 4 targets for 97 yards.
The Raiders defense had three sacks, one each from Bruce Irvin, Denico Autry, and Khalil Mack, with Irvin and Mack’s sacks also forced fumbles. NaVorro Bowman and Nicholas Morrow tied for the team lead with 9 tackles each.