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FB Marcel Reece hurdles the defender in his first start at running back. Photo by Tony Gonzales

Team Notes

Oakland produced 422 total yards, marking the third time this season that the Raiders have eclipsed 400 yards of offense. The Silver and Black posted 424 total yards vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 4, and notched a season-high 474 yards at Atlanta on Oct. 14.

The Raiders out-gained the Ravens, 422-419, marking the fifth time in nine games that the Silver and Black has out-gained the opposition. Oakland is 2-3 in those games.

Oakland did not score in the first quarter, marking the first time that the Silver and Black has not scored in the first period this season.

QB Carson Palmer and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey connected on a 55-yard touchdown completion with 1:37 remaining in the first half, marking the ninth straight game that the Raiders have scored within the first half's two-minute warning. Oakland has scored an NFL-high 47 points with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.

The Raiders scored a touchdown on the team's first drive of the second half, marking the first time since Sept. 23 vs. Pittsburgh that Oakland has gotten into the end zone on the team's initial second-half possession.

The Raiders surrendered 55 points, tying the franchise single-game record for points allowed. The mark was set on Sept. 6, 1961, in a road game against the Houston Oilers, and tied on Nov. 22, 1981, vs. San Diego.

Sunday's game marked the third of five contests in the Eastern Time Zone this season for the Silver and Black.

RB Jeremy Stewart, promoted from the practice squad Saturday, made his NFL debut. Stewart is the 10th player to make his league debut with the Raiders this season, following OL Tony Bergstrom, DT Christo Bilukidi, LB Miles Burris, DE Jack Crawford, WR Juron Criner, WR Rod Streater, C/G Alex Parsons, CB Brandian Ross and LB Carl Ihenacho.

Individual Notes

QB Carson Palmer posted his eighth 300-yard passing game as a Raider, completing 29-of-45 attempts for 368 yards and two touchdowns. The performance marked the fourth time this season that Palmer has passed for more than 300 yards. On the franchise's all-time list, he already has tied Ken Stabler (1970-79) and Marc Wilson (1980-87) for fourth with eight career 300-yard passing efforts; only Rich Gannon (20), Daryle Lamonica (10) and Jim Plunkett (10) had more in a Raiders uniform. On the single-season list, Palmer (four) already has tied Kerry Collins (2004) and Gannon (2001) for third in team annals; only Gannon (10 in 2002) and Lamonica (five in 1968) had more in a previous campaign.

Palmer connected with nine targets in the first half, completing 17-of-25 attempts for 198 yards and one touchdown.

Palmer has thrown for 782 yards in the past two contests, his highest career mark over a two-game stretch. Previously, his best total in consecutive games was 743, 401 at Cleveland on Sept. 16, 2007, and 342 at San Diego on Sept. 23, 2007.

FB Marcel Reece made his first career start at RB. He totaled seven receptions, increasing his season tally to 33 and surpassing his career high of 27 catches set last season.

Reece rushed for 48 yards on a career-high 13 attempts. His previous career high was seven, set on Oct. 24, 2010, at Denver.

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey scored on a 55-yard catch-and-run touchdown, snaring the ball at the 35-yard line and shaking off a tackle from Ravens S Ed Reed before rumbling into the end zone with 1:37 left in the first half. It marked the third touchdown of the season for Heyward-Bey, and his second longest reception of the campaign, following a 59-yard touchdown catch vs. Jacksonville on Oct. 21.

WR Denarius Moore hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from QB Carson Palmer in the third quarter. It marked the fourth time in five games that Moore has recorded a touchdown catch; he posted scoring receptions in three straight games before having the streak snapped on Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay.

Moore added a 38-yard catch in the fourth quarter, marking the fifth time in six games that he has recorded a catch of 20 yards or more. He posted a season-long 58-yard catch-and-run at Kansas City on Oct. 28.

Moore totaled 90 yards on just four catches, averaging 22.5 yards per reception. Moore has notched 90 or more receiving yards twice in the last three games, racking up 96 yards through the air on Oct. 28 at Kansas City.

FB Owen Schmitt made his first start as a Raider and his first start since Jan. 1, 2012, vs. Washington as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

RB Jeremy Stewart, promoted from the practice squad Saturday, made his NFL debut.

Stewart had his first career rushing attempt in the first quarter, gaining 6 yards, and finished the game with seven rushing attempts for 22 yards.

CB Ron Bartell returned from injured reserve/designated to return and started his second game of the season. Bartell was credited with a pass defensed in the end zone on a third-down pass intended for Ravens WR Torrey Smith in the second quarter, forcing Baltimore to settle for a field goal.

TE Brandon Myers totaled five receptions for 57 yards, marking the sixth time this season that Myers has hauled in at least five passes.

Myers increased his season total to a team-high 44 receptions, the most by a Raider tight end since Zach Miller had 60 catches in 2010.

Myers had a 21-yard reception, marking his fifth catch of 20 yards or longer this season.

WR Juron Criner had a pair of 13-yard receptions in the first half, matching his single-game season high of two catches set on Sept. 30 at Denver. He had two catches entering the game.

P Shane Lechler punted five times for 274 yards, averaging 54.8 yards per punt and posting a season-high net average of 47.6 yards. It was Lechler's best net average since averaging 49.2 vs. Chicago on Nov. 27, 2011.

LB Aaron Curry made his first appearance of the season, seeing time on special teams and on defense. Curry was activated from reserve/physically unable to perform on Nov. 6.

DE Andre Carter recorded a tackle for loss in the second quarter, dropping Ravens WR Anquan Boldin 1 yard behind the line. It was the second consecutive game in which Carter has recorded a tackle for loss, as the 10-year veteran notched a sack in addition to a tackle behind the line of scrimmage vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 4.

DB Michael Huff picked off a second-quarter pass on his own deflection, setting up an Oakland scoring drive that culminated in a 22-yard field goal. Huff added a pass defensed, batting away a first-quarter toss aimed at Ravens WR Anquan Boldin.

Huff's interception marked his team-leading second pick of the season, and the 11th of this career.

K Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, extending his streak of consecutive field goals of 40 yards or less to 48. He has not missed a field goal from 40 yards or fewer since Sept. 26, 2010, at Arizona.

Janikowski added a 47-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, marking his third-longest field goal of the season. He kicked a season-long 52-yard field goal at Atlanta on Oct. 14.

Janikowski converted two PAT attempts, extending his current streak of consecutive PATs to 119.

TE David Ausberry caught a career-high two passes.

Replacing an inactive Richard Seymour (hamstring), DT Desmond Bryant made his first 2012 start and 12th career, his first since the 2011 season finale vs. San Diego.

LB Miles Burris recorded a quarterback hit on a third-and-8 play in the third quarter, pressuring Ravens QB Joe Flacco to throw an incompletion and forcing Baltimore to punt.

CB Coye Francies handled kickoff-return duties and recorded a career-high five kick returns for 136 yards. He established a career long with a 31-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

OL Tony Bergstrom saw his first career action on the offensive line, playing at both RG and RT in the fourth quarter.

QB Matt Leinart saw his first action as a Raider, logging one pass attempt in the fourth quarter. He became the first player other than Carson Palmer to begin a drive since QB Kyle Boller on Oct. 23, 2011, vs. Kansas City. Palmer played in the second half of that contest and had started every drive since.

DT Richard Seymour missed his first contest since the end of the 2010 season, snapping a games-played streak of 24.

Inactive for the game were QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Darren McFadden, RB Mike Goodson, T Khalif Barnes, OL Lucas Nix, DE Jack Crawford and DT Richard Seymour.

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