The Raiders improved to 1-2 with a 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The victory marked the first for the Raiders under the leadership of General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Head Coach Dennis Allen.
The win marked the third for the Raiders in their last four contests against Pittsburgh.
The Silver and Black out-gained the Steelers on the ground, 119-54, led by RB
The Raiders did not commit a penalty in the first half and finished the game with three penalties for 25 yards. The Steelers committed 10 penalties for 81 yards for the game.
RB Darren McFadden’s first carry of the game went for a 64-yard touchdown, marking the second-longest run of his career. His career-long rush was a 70-yard scamper against the New York Jets on Sept. 18, 2011.
McFadden’s 64-yard run was an Oakland franchise-high against Pittsburgh (20 meetings), shattering former Raiders’ RB Charlie Garner’s 36-yard TD run (Sept. 15, 2002 at Pit.).
McFadden rushed for 113 rushing yards, surpassing Bo Jackson for 13th all-time on the franchise’s career list with 2,794 yards.
The performance marked the 10th career 100-yard rushing for McFadden and his first since rushing for a career-high 171 yards against the New York Jets on Sept. 25, 2011.
Palmer posted a 103.7 quarterback rating, marking his highest single-game rating since posting a 113.2 rating on Dec. 18, 2011 against Detroit.
K Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired to post his 12th career game-winning/game-tying field goal. It marked his first game-winning field goal since Dec. 24, 2011 at Kansas City and his first game-winning field goal in regulation since Nov. 26, 2009 against Cincinnati.
Head Coach Dennis Allen challenged a play for the first time in the regular season, earning a reverse of a Steeler completion in the second quarter. He is now a perfect four-for-four on replay challenges, winning three challenges during the 2012 preseason.
With four PATs on the day, K Sebastian Janikowski surpassed legendary QB-K George Blanda for first on the Raiders all-time franchise list for PATs, he now has 397 for his career.
LB Philip Wheeler recorded his first career fumble recovery and forced a fumble for the first time with the Silver and Black. The forced fumble was his first since Sept. 18, 2011 vs. Cleveland, as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Wheeler was credited with a game-high 11 tackles (seven solo) and two passes defensed, which marked a career high.