The Oakland Raiders stunned the New Orleans Saints in a 35-34 victory in which David Carr threw a 10-yard touchdown to Seth Roberts and drilled in a rare 2-point conversion to Michael Crabtree on Sunday.
In an unusual decision, Oakland coach Jack Del Rio gambled by calling for a 2-point conversion overriding the normal way of tying the game with a PAT. Del Rio’s unconventional call prompted reliable kicker Sebastian Janikowski as he was watching the two point pass connected to Crabtree for the go ahead score with 47 ticks left.
”Everyone knew about our strategy,” said Del Rio, now in his second season with Oakland. ”I didn’t really ask for any feedback there. I said, `When we score here, we are going to go for 2 and win it right here.”’
Carr threw for 319 yards and a touchdown in 24-for-38 passes. Jalen Richard led in rushing with 84 yards and a touchdown while Latavius Murray added 59 yards and a touchdown. Amari Cooper led in receiving with 137 yards in six receptions while Crabtree helped with 87 yards.
Drew Brees threw for 423 yards and four touchdowns in 28 completions while Willie Snead had nine catches for 172 yards for the Saints.