LAS VEGAS — Reigning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Daniel Carlson’s 22-yard field goal as time expired in overtime lifted the Las Vegas Raiders to a 31-28 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
It marked the second time in the Raiders’ first three games – both at home – they overcame a two-touchdown deficit to win in overtime, also doing so against Baltimore in Week 1 on “Monday Night Football.”
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found Bryan Edwards for 34 yards before Peyton Barber put together runs of 27 and 8 yards to put Las Vegas on the Dolphins’ 11-yard line to eventually set up the winning score.
Carr completed 26 of 43 pass attempts for 386 yards and two touchdowns.
For the third straight game, Carr used his talented receiving depth, as the eight-year veteran completed passes to nine targets, led by Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller, who each had a team-high five receptions. Renfrow also scored a touchdown.
With star running back Josh Jacobs sidelined with an ankle injury, Barber led the rushing game with 111 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown.
And while the Raiders’ offense outgained Miami 497-330, it was their special teams unit and defense that ignited the comeback after Miami scored the game’s first 14 points.
One play after Zay Jones raced downfield on a punt to down the ball on the 1-yard line, cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. caught Miami receiver Jaylen Waddle on a screen pass in the end zone for a safety.
Carlson, who starred at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, booted a 50-yard field goal to get the Raiders within nine. Then, after a huge defensive stop, Las Vegas drove 95 yards to cut Miami’s lead to 14-12. Fullback Alec Ingold was rewarded by having his number called after recovering Barber’s fumble on the goal line on the previous play.
The Raiders scored on their next two possessions when Carr and Renfrow connected for a 12-yard strike, and Barber dived over the pack for a 1-yard plunge to open a 25-12 lead.
The Dolphins weren’t done, though.
After Miami’s Jason Sanders made it a one-score game with a 46-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, Jacoby Brissett scrambled on fourt-and-goal for a 1-yard touchdown with :02 left in regulation. Brissett’s passed to William Fuller for the 2-point conversion forced overtime.
The teams exchanged field goals in overtime before Carlson’s winner.
Miami, which ranks in the top 10 in several defensive categories, allowed the Raiders to go 3 for 3 inside the red zone, and a 54% conversion rate on third downs (7 of 13).
The Dolphins got on the board when tight end Foster Moreau appeared to run a choice route and Carr threw straight to linebacker Elandon Roberts, who darted 85 yards and sent a well-represented group of fans draped in teal into a frenzy.
It extended an NFL-best 25 straight games with a takeaway for the Dolphins.
On their next possession, the Dolphins took advantage of a failed fourth-and-1 attempt by Barber and pushed their lead to 14-0. Malcolm Brown, using some keen instincts, saw Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen on the edge and beat him through a gap in the line into the open field for his first touchdown of the season.
Dolphins host Indianapolis next Sunday.
Raiders travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers on “Monday Night Football.”
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