In the end, it was another non-winning season for the 8-8 Las Vegas Raiders, but the 2020 campaign will be remembered for one incredible finish after another. Week 17’s 32-31 win over the Denver Broncos was no different.
After the Raiders scored with 29 seconds to go to make it 31-30, they were confused about their two-point play option. Players were coming on and off the field and Raiders coach Jon Gruden later said he changed his mind three times.
Running back Josh Jacobs said he was unsure the Raiders would get the play off. Then, for some unworldly reason, Denver head coach Vic Fangio called time out to give the Raiders some life and yes, they converted the two pointer to take the wild win. It was Gregg Williams-like.
Congrats to Darren Waller:
Raiders’ tight end Darren Waller, who fittingly caught the two-pointer, had another great game and he made history. Waller had nine catches for 117 yards and finished with 107 catches on the season. Waller broke Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown’s record of 104 catches, which had stood for 23 years.
Jacobs comes alive:
Jacobs started slow on Sunday, but finished with 89 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns on the ground. Jacobs ended the season with 1,065 rushing yards and has enjoyed 1,000-yard rushing season in his first two NFL campaigns.
Crosby’s big finish:
It was a nice end to the season for Raiders’ defensive end Maxx Crosby. He had his first sack since Week 10 and finished the season with seven sacks. He has 17 sacks in two NFL seasons. Also, Crosby blocked two field-goal attempts, including a 63-yarder with two seconds to go. He said it was his first two blocked field goals ever. Crosby will probably be rewarded with the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award for his efforts.
Edwards gives a glimpse:
Third-round pick receiver Bryan Edwards had two catches for 51 yards including a beautiful touchdown catch. It was a quiet rookie season for Edwards, but maybe will see a much improved player in 2021 as the Raiders are counting on him.