It took the Raiders eight snaps from the 8-yard line to get into the end zone, but Darren McFadden was finally awarded a 1-yard run on a play overturned by officials.
The Raiders piled up plenty of yards if not points, more than doubling Detroit’s offensive output. Eddy Carmona’s 56-yard field goal at the halftime gun gave Oakland a four-point lead.
The Oakland defense more than held its own, giving up two field goals and holding the Lions in a goal-to-go situation.
Detroit had only three points to show for a Palmer interception on an ill-advised screen inside the 20 and an 80-yard kickoff return by former Raider Justin Miller.
Philip Wheeler broke up a pass intended for Calvin Johnson at the goal line.
Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford left the game with an injury to his non-throwing hand and Sebastian Janikowski is likely out with a groin injury.