The Oakland Raiders had the opportunity to tie the game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. However, coach Jack Del Rio chose to gamble with a two-point try which helped his team to a 35-34 win.
With less than a minute left in the game, Del Rio could have taken the easier route of settling for an extra point that would have tied the game. However, he decided to go for the two-point conversion.
Del Rio said he didn’t regret the decision and was thinking about pulling off a win with 47 seconds left in the game. “I was thinking that we’re here to win; let’s win it right now,” said Del Rio.
After Derek Carr hit Seth Roberts for a 10-yard TD to cut the Saints’ lead to a single point, kicker Sebastian Janikowski watched closely as the Raiders QB delivered a well-timed pass to Michael Crabtree for the victory.
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Even though Crabtree’s two-point conversion wasn’t technically enough to seal the deal, Oakland’s staunch defense made a final stand against Saints QB Drew Brees and kicker Wil Lutz who made a valiant attempt at a 61-yard FG as the clock expired.
”Everyone knew about our strategy. I didn’t really ask for any feedback there. I said, `When we score here, we are going to go for 2 and win it right here,” said Del Rio, the second-year coach of Oakland.
With Drew Brees producing a spectacular 424-yard, four-touchdown performance, the Raiders had their backs against the wall and trailed by 14 points at one stage.
However, Carr and the rest of the Oakland team were sticking to the strategy laid out by their coach.
”The belief and trust that coach has in us gives us so much confidence,” said the Raiders QB.
When asked about Del Rio’s decision to gamble with the 2-point try, Carr said: ‘You’ll see that from time to time. You feel like you have the momentum, and let’s dial it up and let’s win the game. I could see us doing that.”
The Oakland Raiders will next face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 in a home game.
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