After the Oakland Raiders laid an egg in the preseason opener, it appeared the second game was going to be the same story. Then, the Raiders began to play with some energy and executed better. The game came down to the last possession and quarterback Matt McGloin tossed a 19 yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler with only six seconds left on the clock to give Oakland the 27-26 win.
The Raiders struggled in the first quarter, allowing Detroit to get out to a 13-0 lead. The first team offense was driving on the first possession, but quarterback Matt Schaub was intercepted on a throw that went off the hands of wide receiver James Jones. That ended a promising drive of eight plays and 47 yards.
Oakland's first team defense came on to the field and cornerback Tarell Brown bit on a double move by Lions' wide receiver Golden Tate, leaving him wide open on a 28 yard touchdown pass. Brown has struggled in the preseason being victimized in both games.
The Raiders had pass protection issues on their next series, which resulted in a three and out. Detroit answered with another touchdown drive capped off by a Kris Durham five yard touchdown reception, where he out jumped rookie T.J. Carrie in the endzone.
The first team offense finally showed some life on their first possession of the second quarter. Schaub completed four passes on the drive including a 22 yard screen to Maurice Jones-Drew. Darren McFadden took over from there and punched in for one yard for the score.
The defense also found their groove toward the end of the first quarter and into the second. They forced the Lions into consecutive three and outs. Derek Carr replaced Schaub and looked comfortable in his second preseason appearance. He led the Raiders on a 50 yard drive that almost resulted in a touchdown to James Jones, but he was unable to get both feet in bounds. The Raiders settled for a field goal.
After Detroit added a field goal before the half and a touchdown on their first series of the third quarter, Carr led the Raiders offense down the field again. He went 6-6 on the drive including a 29 yard completion to Brice Butler and a 38 yard connection with Greg Little. Carr capped of the perfect drive with a three yard score toss to tight end Jake Murphy for his first career (preseason) touchdown pass.
The teams traded field goals and headed into the fourth quarter with the Raiders 26-20. Carr came out to lead the offense looking to take the lead. On the fifth play of the drive, Lions' defensive end Larry Webster beat Jack Cornell off the edge and planted Carr right on his head and ribs. Carr was slow to get up favoring his ribs and mid-section. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said it was a concussion and Carr left the game.
That is when the magic of Matt McGloin began. McGloin came in ice cold and connected with Andre Holmes for 29 yards on the first play. He hit tight end Scott Simonson for 24 yards, but Simonson was blown up and fumbled into the endzone where the Lions recovered.
After the Raiders defense forced a three and out, McGloin had 2:32 to drive Oakland down for the game winning touchdown. With a steady dose of Holmes, Little, and Butler McGloin took the Raiders down to the Lions' 19 yard line. With time ticking away McGloin found Butler open in the endzone for the 19 yard touchdown with only six seconds left. McGloin showed his toughness and moxie to come into a tough situation and help the Raiders gut out a win. It is only preseason, but the Raiders needed a boost and McGloin delivered. He is proving to be an important part of the team, even has the third quarterback.
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