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Right Combination Play: Clive Walford Finds The End Zone


The Oakland Raiders just keep finding ways to win.

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Whether it's in dominating fashion, a come-from-behind victory, or somewhere in between, the Silver and Black have consistently found ways to come out ahead, and Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers was no different.

After surrendering a 24-7 lead in the Week 12 matchup at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Derek Carr led the Raiders offense down the length of the field in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, with the team needing a touchdown to pull within striking distance of the Panthers.

With 8:42 left in regulation, tight end Clive Walford delivered, elevating in the back of the end zone, and coming down with 12-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr.

Walford's second touchdown of the season pulled the Silver and Black within two points, and the score was made possible by the production from several players, so No. 88's trip to the end zone is this week's Right Combination Play presented by State Farm.

Following the score, the second-year tight end broke down the play.


"To be honest, I really have to wait to see what the coverage is. It was pretty tight coverage actually, and Derek [Carr] made a great throw, and I just made a great catch on it."

Once the ball was snapped:

"To be honest, my thought process is, if he throws it, I have to catch the ball. It could have been at my feet, 10 feet in the air, I try my best to go catch every ball for him."

As 2016 wears on, Walford is getting more comfortable with Derek Carr:

"Just putting in the extra work, working with Derek before practice, sometimes after practice, and we're building that trust again that we had last year towards the end of the season, and I just want to be a security blanket for him, and that's what I'm trying to do."

No surprise here, but it feels good to score touchdowns:

"It actually felt great, man, to just be there for my teammates, because somebody needed to step up and make a play, and fortunately I was that guy, so I'm just really happy about it."

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