Raiders Fail to Finish Lions in 28-27 Loss
In a game that looked like a Raiders victory turned sour for Raider Nation in a span of seven and a half minutes. Mathew Stafford threw two late touchdowns, one to Calvin Johnson with 39 seconds to play in the Lions 28-27 victory infront of a stunned, sold out, Oakland Coliseum crowd.
The Raiders, who were shut out in the first half of their last two games, got out to an early lead on a Louis Murphy end around for a 12 yard touchdown. The touchdown was the first in the first half for the Raiders since their week 11 win in Minnesota.
The Lions countered quickly when Stafford and Johnson connected on a 51 yard touchdown pass that tied the game at seven. This would not be the first time Megatron would make an impact in the game. In the end he had nine catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford was 29/52 for 391 yards and four touchdowns in the game.
Darius Heyward-Bey would give the Raiders the lead again on a 43 yard catch and run touchdown in which he made the Lions defense look foolish. DHB had the best game of his career Sunday, with eight catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. Making big plays for the Raiders and Carson Palmer for most of the ballgame. Palmer ended his day 32/40 for 367 yards and a touchdown.
Stafford wasn't done. He connected on a 39 yard pass to Nate Burleson to tie the game. Sebastian Janikowski hit two field goals of 46 and 51 yards and the Raiders had a 20-14 lead.
The third quarter was scoreless. The Raiders had the lead with 8;12 left in the game when Tommy Kelly forced a Stafford fumble. Aaron Curry recovered the ball and ran it in for a six yard touchdown. The Raiders had a 27-14 lead and it looked like it would stick. The Lions would score with five minutes left to play on a Titus Young 13 yard touchdown from Stafford.
The Raiders would get a first down from Michael Bush causing the Lions to use all their timeouts. On a third and three with 2:30 to go head coach Hue Jackson decided to call a pass play where Palmer over threw Chaz Schillens. The Lions would have the ball, the two minute warning, and plenty of time to run a seven play, 98 yard drive which included a 48 yard pass play to Johnson, and a crutial pass interference call on Stanford Routt, who was man handled throughout the ballgame.
Seabass had a 65 yard field goal attempted blocked by Ndamukong Suh at the end of what was a heartbreaking loss for the Raiders.
The Raiders now stand one game behind the Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West and a game behind the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals for the Wild Card. The Raiders will travel to Kansas City on Christmas Eve to play the Chiefs.