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Game Notes: Oakland Raiders 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 21


Raiders 24, Steelers 21

  • The Raiders defeated the Steelers by a score of 24-21, bringing their season record to 3-10 and improving to 2-1 against AFC North opponents this season.
  • The Silver and Black now move to 13-10 in the all-time regular season series against Pittsburgh, Owhile improving to 8-4 when playing the Steelers at home.
  • The win marks the fourth consecutive victory against Pittsburgh at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, defeating the club 20-13 in 2006, 34-31 in 2012 and 21-18 in 2013.
  • Oakland now holds a 46-38 (.547) combine all-time advantage against AFC North opponents.

Starters – Offense
WR Jordy Nelson
T Kolton Miller
G Kelechi Osemele
C Rodney Hudson
G Gabe Jackson
T Brandon Parker
TE Jared Cook
WR Marcell Ateman
WR Seth Roberts
QB Derek Carr
RB Doug Martin

Starters – Defense
DE Frostee Rucker
DT P.J. Hall
DT Johnathan Hankins
DE Arden Key
LB Marquel Lee
LB Jason Cabinda
LB Tahir Whitehead
CB Daryl Worley
CB Gareon Conley
S Marcus Gilchrist
S Karl Joseph

Game Themes

  • QB Derek Carr completed his 16th career fourth quarter comeback in the victory, completing a 6-yard pass to TE Derek Carrier with 21 seconds left in the contest. His 16th fourth quarter comeback since 2014 is tied for first in the NFL.
  • Carr set a new franchise record for most consecutive games without an interception with eight straight games. Carr has recorded 263 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.
  • The Raiders defense held the Steelers to 40 total rushing yards in the contest, allowing just six rushing yards in the first half of play.

Individual Highlights

K Daniel Carlson

  • Carlson connected on a 44-yard field goal, capping a 10-play, 46-yard drive lasting 4:14 to give the Raiders a 10-7 advantage.
  • Carlson finished the game 1-for-1 on field goals and was perfect on three PATs.

QB Derek Carr

  • On the game's opening drive, Carr led the team down the field, orchestrating an 8-play, 74-yard drive lasting 4:16 which culminated in a 1-yard rush by RB Doug Martin. The score marks the fifth time this season the Raiders have scored a touchdown on their opening drive.
  • Carr gave the Raiders the lead with 5:20 left in the game with a 3-yard pass to TE Lee Smith to culminate a 14-play, 73- yard drive lasting 7:50.
  • On a 28-yard pass to WR Marcell Ateman, Carr passed Andy Dalton for the ninth most pass yards through a players first five years with 18,124.
  • Carr recorded his 16th career fourth quarter comeback in the victory, orchestrating an 8-play, 75-yard drive lasting 2:34 that culminated in a 6-yard touchdown pass to TE Derek Carrier with 21 seconds left in the contest.
  • Carr finished the day with 322 yards, the fourth time this season he has eclipsed the 300-yard milestone and the 18th time of his career. It also marks the second consecutive contest with at least 300 yards against the Steelers after tallying 301 yards in 2015.
  • The Raiders are now 12-6 when Carr throws for 300-plus yards.
  • Carr recorded the his 23rd career game with a passer rating of at least 100 points, finishing with 122.4. Carr now has sole possession of fourth-most games with a passer rating of 100 points or better.
  • Carr complete 25-of-34 passes for a completion percentage of 73.5, marking the eighth time this season he's post a completion percentage of 70.0 or better.
  • Carr recorded his eighth straight game without an interception, extending the longest streak of his career and setting a new franchise record for most consecutive games without an interception.
  • Carr has recorded 263 consecutive pass attempts without an interception and is just 15 shy of breaking Rich Gannon's club record set in 2001.
  • After 25 completions in today's contest, Carr needs just 55 total in the remaining three games to surpass Peyton Manning (1,749) for most completions in NFL history through a player's first five seasons.

TE Derek Carrier

  • Down four points with 21 seconds left in the game, Carrier hauled in a 6-yard touchdown reception from QB Derek Carr to cap an 8-play, 75-yard drive lasting 2:34 and give the Raiders a 24-21 victory.
  • The touchdown marks just his second career score and his first since Week 5 of the 2015 season when he was a member of the Washington Redskins.
  • Carrier finished the day with two catches for 29 yards with one touchdown.

TE Jared Cook

  • On a 12-yard pass from QB Derek Carr early in the second quarter, Cook set a new career high for most receiving yards in a season. Cook has now recorded 825 yards this season, besting his previous career high of 759 set in 2011 with the Tennessee Titans.
  • Cook's 825 yards rank sixth in club history for most receiving yards in a season by a tight end.
  • Cook continues to rank fourth among tight ends in the NFL this season in receiving yards.
  • Cook ended the day with 116 yards on seven receptions (16.6 avg.).
  • The contest marks the tenth time Cook has recorded 100-or-more yards in a contest and the fourth time this season.
  • Cook recorded 100-or-more yards receiving for consecutive weeks for the first time since Weeks 15-16 of the 2011 season.

RB Doug Martin

  • Martin broke the goal line from 1-yard out on the Raiders opening possession, culminating an eight-play, 74-yard drive lasting 4:16.
  • Martin recorded a touchdown in three consecutive weeks for the first time since Weeks 6-8 of his rookie campaign in 2012.
  • Martin ended the day with 32 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown.

DT Clinton McDonald

  • McDonald sacked QB Ben Roethlisberger for a six-yard loss with 5:15 left in the first half, forcing the Steelers to settle for a FG attempt on the ensuing play that was missed wide right by K Chris Boswell.
  • McDonald's sack marks his second of the season after taking down Ryan Tannehill for a loss of nine yards in Week 3.
  • McDonald ended the day with three tackles (one solo) and one sack.

TE Lee Smith

  • Smith recorded his second touchdown this season, coming in back-to-back weeks, by catching a 3-yard pass from QB Derek Carr to culminate a 14-play, 73-yard drive lasting 7:50.
  • The score gave the Raiders a 17-14 lead with 5:20 left in the contest.

LB Tahir Whitehead

  • Whitehead intercepted a Joshua Dobb's pass with 32 seconds remaining in the third quarter, marking his first interception since Week 2 of the 2017 season and the fifth of his career.
  • Whitehead finished the day as the Raiders leading tackler for the 11th time this season, with 10 tackles (six solo).
  • Whitehead has now surpassed 100 tackles on the year, making the third consecutive season he's accomplished the feat.
  • He now ranks third among all players in total tackles since 2016.

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