Sunday’s NFL playoff games were insane. There is no arguing that. A franchise that has almost never seen success, the Jacksonville Jaguars, went into Pittsburgh and upset one of the most storied sports franchises in America. And it was Blake Bortles’ team who scored 45 points and is amazingly just one game away from a Super Bowl.
However, Sunday’s early game wasn’t the most shocking thing that happened that day. That moment came with just :10 seconds left in the second game of the day involving Case Keenum, Stefon Diggs, the Minnesota Vikings, and Saints safety Marcus Williams who made the last play possible by whiffing on the tackle.
Without a doubt, last night’s game-sealing prayer was one of the best sports moments in recent memory, as long as one doesn’t live in New Orleans.
Watching that game got me thinking about my favorite Raider moments. Now, I am only 19 years old and have missed much of the glory days involving Oakland in the playoffs, but there are still plenty of moments that I will never forget for the rest of my life, especially at the Coliseum.
We can start recently, with Kansas City and the Thursday Night win that had three game winning touchdowns involving Jared Cook and Michael Crabtree (twice) which helped keep Oakland’s season alive.
Another all-time great is Bruce Gradkowski’s victory against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. While the game had little importance, Gradkowski scored three touchdowns in the last nine minutes of the game to beat the Steelers. Greg Papa also had one of his most memorable calls of his career, which has made this Louis Murphy play will stick in my head forever.
Also, the 2016 season had its fair share of memorable moments considering Oakland won 12 games and made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
During the amazing season, the great moments were Crabtree’s game-winning two-point conversion against the Saints, Seth Roberts’ walk off against Tampa Bay, beating the Broncos on Oakland’s first SNF football game since 2006, Carr’s black glove game against the Panthers and the improbable comeback against the Bills.
For my favorite moment yet, we must go back to the Tom Cable led Raiders when Jacoby Ford single handedly beat the Chiefs back in 2010 to improve Oakland to 5-4. It involved a Ford kickoff return for a touchdown at the beginning of the second half after being shut out in the first, a miracle grab by Ford that he took away from Flowers to set up a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation and another Ford bomb on the first play of overtime to set up Sebastian Janikowski to seal the deal. If you forget, here is a nice recap that gives me chills every time.
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