The Raiders didn’t lead in the game until the clock struck 0:00 at the end of the 4th quarter but luckily for Dennis Allen and company, that’s the only time having the lead makes any difference. The Raiders were able to overcome a stout Pittsburgh defense to score the game’s last 13 points, all in the 4th quarter, to win on a 44 yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal as time expired.
The team showed impressive desire to win the game, rallying to win the game despite dealing with multiple injuries. Some of those injuries were known before the game –like the two starting cornerbacks both being out –but the Raiders also had to overcome injuries in game.
Starting WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was knocked out on a deep route that took him into the endzone. He was crossing for a ball thrown maybe a moment too late by Palmer and as the ball got there so did safety Ryan Mundy. Mundy’s helmet came up into DHB’s facemask and Heyward-Bey crumpled to the ground, rolling once until coming to a stop without moving. He was later taken off the field on a cart although he did give a thumbs off as he went off the field, to the cheer of the crowd.
After the game Allen & Palmer both said that signs out of the hospital were good. DHB had regained consciousness, was able to move and talk. It’s been announced that he will be staying overnight in the hospital for observation but it seems likely that he will be able to be released in short order. It seems unlikely that he would recover from such a serious concussion for next week’s game and the week after is the Raiders’ bye week so there is no need to hurry him back for next week’s game versus Denver and the team can instead focus on having him back versus Atlanta in week 6.
It was reported after the game that starting TE Brandon Myers also had suffered a concussion in the game. His was much more minor and it’s entirely possible that he’ll be able to suit up next week. That would be a big help for the Raiders because Myers has turned into quite a good safety valve for Palmer.
Myers was again the top receiver for the Raiders – in terms of yards – with 4 catches for 55 yards on the day. He caught every ball that was thrown to him on the night and, per ESPN, has caught every ball thrown to him for the season – a perfect 15 for 15.
Palmer also utilized the other tight ends, tossing a TD pass to backup Richard Gordon – his first career TD reception – and he used David Ausberry for a nice short throw that the former receiver was able to take 13 yards for a first down.
The biggest difference for the Raiders offense, though, was the running game which opened up more passing lanes than the team was used to this season.
It got started on the first run – McFadden took the ball behind the RG and blew through the line and into the secondary. He was able to juke his way around he safety and scooted 64 yards for his first TD of the year.