Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen’s first win turned out to be one he might never forget.
Sebastian Janikowski made a 43-yard field goal on the final play of the game, lifting the Raiders to a 34-31 victory Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Coliseum.
The Raiders improved to 1-2 and avoided digging a hole that few teams have climbed out of to reach the playoffs.
“It’s a great feeling,” Allen said. “I’m so proud of the guys in that locker room, the way they fought for 60 minutes. It’s part of the foundation. It’s a stepping stone to getting where we want to be. But it’s one win in a 16-game season.”
The Raiders trailed by 10 points twice during the second half but kept coming back. They had to overcome a scary injury in the fourth quarter to wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was knocked cold on what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy in the end zone, and suffered a concussion. Heyward-Bey regained consciousness and was able to talk and move his extremities before being taken to Eden Medical Center in Oakland, Allen said.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed 18 times for 113 yards with a 64-yard touchdown run in the first half, the second-longest run of his career.
Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns with one interception and a passer rating of 104.2.
Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger was 36 of 49 for 384 yards and four touchdowns with a 123.2 rating.