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Raiders become fourth team to win by going for two late

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) pulls in a touchdown reception over New Orleans Saints cornerback Ken Crawley (46) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) AP

In 1994, the NFL adopted the ability to go for two after scoring a touchdown. Before today, three teams had converted a two-point try in the final minute of the fourth quarter to win a game.

On Sunday, the Raiders joined them, with a two-point conversion delivering a victory at New Orleans.

The other three were the Minnesota Vikings on December 15, 2002 (against the Saints), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 13, 2005 (against Washington), and the Denver Broncos on September 14, 2008 (against the Chargers).

The Raiders were the first team to ever do it on opening weekend, and the victory became one of four one-point wins for Week One — the first time that’s ever happened in league history.

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22 Responses to “Raiders become fourth team to win by going for two late”
  1. canadapackers says: Sep 11, 2016 10:15 PM

    Packers should have done it against AZ last year

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:16 PM

    Today was a pretty awesome start to the season. Starting with Thursday’s game.

  3. blackbeard43 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:18 PM

    I think teams should run a play on 4th and 10 or less more often. They’d be surprised how often they’d convert.

  4. avanderlay says: Sep 11, 2016 10:27 PM

    That was one of the most memorable Bucs games ever – Gruden deciding to give it to Alstott, for the 2 pt. Every fan was clamoring for it. Seems like a no brained in hindsight, but it was ballsy.

  5. avanderlay says: Sep 11, 2016 10:27 PM

    * No brainer

  6. dejadoh says: Sep 11, 2016 10:32 PM

    In the Raiders 56 year history only twice have they won the opening game and gone on to a losing season (87 and 88). Heck, they have only won the opening game 9 times in 22 season (since returning to Oakland).

    Go Raiders!

  7. dejadoh says: Sep 11, 2016 10:34 PM

    Check that, 6 opening game wins in 22 seasons.

  8. hempoilcures says: Sep 11, 2016 10:42 PM

    Great win for the Silver and Black…..Jack has got the sac. Refs couldn’t even stop them…..Raiders are comin, better watch yourself.

  9. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 11, 2016 10:48 PM

    Of course, the Saints become the first team to give up TWO game-winning two point conversions…not to mention the only team to miss a tying extra point with the clock reading 0:00

  10. war27 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:03 PM

    How many teams tried to win and lost?

    I know Herm Edward’s went for two and didn’t make it and the Chiefs lost to the Charger 20-19 in 2008. That’s the only one I can think of.

  11. radrntn says: Sep 11, 2016 11:04 PM

    W is a W……bottom line…..AFC West is going to be a battle….Del Rio played to win the game, rather than play not to lose the game….not only a w in the standings but a w in the locked room, in a game where the refs should be fined or fired, or both


  12. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 11, 2016 11:13 PM

    dejadoh says:
    Sep 11, 2016 10:32 PM
    In the Raiders 56 year history only twice have they won the opening game and gone on to a losing season (87 and 88). Heck, they have only won the opening game 9 times in 22 season (since returning to Oakland).

    Go Raiders!

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    True, but in 2011 they won the opening game in Denver and finished 8-8. The Raiders fans and players should be expecting more than 8-8 this year I think.

    Good start for them, a win is a win, and on the road in a tough stadium playing at 10am Oakland time it becomes more impressive.

    I’m sure they’ll want more from the defense and a little more balance from the offense in terms of play calling. But as I said given where they were and the fact they were going against a high powered offense this is a very good start for the Raiders.

  13. najacoo22 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:25 PM

    Teams going for two gets Florio all steamed up

  14. firerogergoodellnow says: Sep 11, 2016 11:27 PM

    …the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 13, 2005 (against the REDSKINS)

  15. eoyguy says: Sep 12, 2016 1:33 AM

    Saints are this centuries version of the late 70’s/early 80 Chargers. They could score 45 points and lose 46-45. Brees puts up great numbers, they score 34 points and lose. I think we’ll see a lot of that with the Saints this season.

  16. slick50ks says: Sep 12, 2016 1:52 AM

    He had no choice but to go for it. He couldn’t count on his atrocious defense to stop anything.

    Also, I heard Sean Smith got benched today. Nice FA pick up there. I thought we were done doing stupid things.

  17. financialmusingsblog says: Sep 12, 2016 3:30 AM

    Stat boys are no substitute for coaches’ gut feel. Momentum was with Raiders’ offense and not defense; still almost lost on 61 yard field goal.

  18. racerx1225 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:44 AM

    The refs were totally off base and erroneous.

    AL Davis is dead. Stop the hate.

  19. svrnblk says: Sep 12, 2016 8:29 AM

    In 2005, the Chiefs beat the Raiders by going for 2 in the last seconds of the game.

  20. hawks52 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:00 AM

    You need to also list how many times a team did it and lost. I remember the Bears doing it against the Packers several years ago. I think Wanny was the coach then. It made sense – he did for the same reasons. He didn’t like his chances against the PAckers in OT (and then it only took a FG to win)

    I really hesitate to give credit to risk takers only when the risk paid off.

    Let’s hear the other side – how many did it, failed, and was then were criticized?

  21. keepcalmandskolon says: Sep 12, 2016 1:56 PM

    I remember that Vikings game. Our coach was Mike Tice and we weren’t going to the playoffs so had nothing to lose. I believe Culpepper sneaked it in if I remember correctly. Man, Dante put together a couple solid years, too bad his best year was in 04, which meant we passed on Aaron Rodgers Twice in the 05 draft, and he’s been killing my Vikes ever since. If you get a free moment, google the connection between Brees, Miami, New Orleans, Dante Culpepper, and how the whole Brees to NO went down. Pretty interesting.

  22. Sinuous Sausage says: Sep 13, 2016 8:24 AM

    Raiders win a game and all of a sudden their fans rush to their keyboards during the correctional facility’s recreation time.

    Little do they know they’ll still finish 6-10 and will be staring up at the champs come the end of the season.

    Go Broncos

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