Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 34 of 56 passes for 435 yards, two scores and an interception in a win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday in Paradise, Nevada. File Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo
Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Derek Carr connected with Zay Jones with a 31-yard touchdown pass with 3:38 left in overtime to lead the Las Vegas Raiders to a win over the Baltimore Ravens and end Week 1 of the season in dramatic fashion.
Carr's throw capped off a final Raiders rally in the 33-27 victory Monday at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada. The Raiders trailed by 14 points in the first half and were down seven with 6:09 remaining in regulation.
"I hope this is a sign of things to come for us," Carr told reporters. "Who cares how we do it? Let's just win. Who cares if it's ugly or pretty?"
Carr completed 34 of 56 passes for 435 yards, two scores and an interception. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 19 of 30 passes for 235 yards and a score. He also ran for 86 yards, but fumbled twice.
The teams combined for nearly 500 total yards.
"I felt like I died and woke and died again," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "I was like a cat. I had multiple lives. I don't like playing like that.
"It was tough, but we did a lot of really good things to win that football game."
The game started slow, with three consecutive punts. The Ravens got into the end zone first with a six-play, 65-yard drive. Running back Ty'Son Williams ended that drive with a 35-yard touchdown run.
The Ravens returned to the end zone in the second quarter, when Jackson threw a 10-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Marquise Brown.
The Raiders bounced back with a nine-play, 66-yard touchdown drive. Raiders running back Gus Edwards ended the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson made a 34-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to make the score 14-10 at halftime.
The Raiders and Ravens exchanged punts to start the third quarter. Jackson lost his first fumble three minutes into the final frame.
The Raiders recovered the loose ball and scored the game-tying touchdown on the next drive. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs ran in from 15 yards to end that possession.
The Ravens rebounded with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Running back Latavius Murray capped off that drive with an eight-yard run.
Carr connected with tight end Darren Waller for a 10-yard touchdown on the next drive, tying the score at 24-24. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and Carlson exchanged field goals on the next two drives, resulting in overtime.
Carr threw an interception on the first drive of the bonus period, but Jackson lost another fumble through a strip sack by Carl Nassib on the next possession.
Carr ended the game two plays later with his 31-yard toss to Jones. Carr dropped back against a blitz on the play and heaved a pass over the offensive and defensive lines.
The pass dropped into Jones as he raced past the Ravens defense and went into the end zone near the right pylon.
The Raiders (1-0) battle the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Ravens (0-1) host the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at 8:20 p.m. EDT Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
"We have to prepare for a great team, Sunday night in the bank," Jackson told reporters. "We've got to make something happen."