By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, October 21st, 2012 at 5:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Beat a hasty retreat downstairs before I got a chance to post this . . .
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal following a fumble recovery by Joselio Hanson as the Raiders escaped with a 26-23 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Oakland, 2-4, trailed 20-6 entering the third quarter and generally had itself to blame for the Jaguars being in position to win.
Jacksonville won the toss, got the first possession in overtime, and wide receiver Cecil Shorts III was stripped by Lamarr Houston on a short gain on third-and-21.
After quarterback Carson Palmer kneeled on the ball one time, Janikowski kicked the game winner to send the Jaguars to their fourth loss in five defeats.
Palmer had tied the game with a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap a 58-yard drive.
It came after Oakland had considered sending the field goal team on the field with 3:53 remaining to cut Jacksonville’s lead to 23-19.
Oakland thought better of it, called time out _ it was their last time out and came back with a an end zone heave from Palmer to Darrius Heyward-Bey. He was fouled by Aaron Ross in the end zone, giving the Raiders the ball at the 1-yard line.
Following a Jacksonville penalty for too many men on the field, putting the ball at the half-yard line, Palmer snuck in for the score to tie the game 23-23.
It capped a 58-yard drive, with the big play an 18-yard strike to a leaping Streater on third-and-6 to 25-yard line.
The Raiders forced to punts before the end of regulation without letting Josh Scobee within field goal distance, punted once themselves, and took over at their own 12 with 29 seconds left.
Following a 13-yard run by Darren McFadden to the Raiders 31-yard line, Palmer spiked the ball with 11 seconds left and found Streater for a 23 yards to the 46-yard line. Sebastian Janikowski was short on a 64-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
The Raiders pulled within a score on a 31-yard field goal by Janikowski, with Oakland penalizing itself out of the red zone and settling for a field goal with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter.
After the Jaguars’ first score on an 80-yard drive _ and a 42-yard touchdown pass from Gabbert to Shorts on a blown coverage _ the Raiders essentially gift-wrapped the next 16 points, with Jacksonville needing only 33 net yards to get to 23 points.
A 5-yard Rashad Jennings run capped a 16-yard drive courtesy of a muffed punt on a fair catch by Phillip Adams.
A 50-yard field goal by Scobee resulted from a desperation back-handed attempt at a shovel pass while going down from Palmer, with Derek Cox getting the interception.
A 40-yard field goal by Scobee came on a 4-yard drive courtesy of a 28-yard punt return by Mike Spurlock, setting up a 17-yard drive to the Raiders 22.
Finally, a 45-yard field goal by Scobee resulted from a sack-fumble of Palmer, the Jaguars recovering at the Oakland 24.