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Daniel Carlson kicks Oakland Raiders past Arizona Cardinals

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Oakland Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson leaves the field after kicking the game-winning field goal in the Raiders, Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Art Foxall/UPI
Oakland Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson leaves the field after kicking the game-winning field goal in the Raiders, Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

Rookie Daniel Carlson kicked a 35-yard field goal with no time left and the Oakland Raiders broke a five-game losing streak with a 23-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

The Raiders (2-8), despite talk that they should lose the rest of their games to get the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, guaranteed they will not surpass the worst season in their history, 1-13 in 1962 in the American Football League.

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Al Davis took over as head coach and general manager the next year and led the Raiders to a 10-4 record.

Arizona (2-8) had a 21-20 lead when the Raiders got the ball on their 27-yard line with 1:53 left in the game.

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Quarterback Derek Carr took Oakland down the field for the 15th fourth-quarter comeback in his career, including seven when he helped the Raiders to a 12-4 record two years ago.

Carr completed a 32-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Marcell Ateman and hit Seth Roberts, his only veteran wide receiver remaining because of injuries, on a short pass that went for 20 yards to set up Carlson's winning kick. The rookie made field goals of 49 and 21 yards earlier.

With no timeouts left, Carr took the snap and threw the ball into the ground to stop the clock with two seconds left.

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Carr completed 19-of-31 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, a 23-yarder to tight end Jared Cook and a five-yarder to wide receiver Brandon LaFell, with no interceptions.

Carr's scoring pass to Cook came only 2:20 into the game and ended Oakland's touchdown drought of nine quarters.

Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen of the Cardinals completed 9-of-20 passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns, two to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald from five yards and 18 yards out, plus a 59-yarder to wide receiver Christian Kirk.

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The five-yarder to Fitzgerald gave the Cardinals a 21-20 lead with 5:02 left in the game, but Rosen also threw two costly interceptions.

David Johnson rushed for 137 yards on 25 carries, but also had a 57-yard touchdown run nullified by a holding penalty.

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