Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 16, had a big day in an overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 16, had a big day in an overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Carr overcomes penalties to give Raiders overtime win

With the Oakland Raiders staring at a fourth-and-four with just under two minutes to go in overtime, there was never really a question if head coach Jack Del Rio would leave his offense on the field.

As Del Rio has so often done during the course of the season, he gave Derek Carr the chance to make the big play in the big moment. And as has so often has been the case, the quarterback delivered.

Carr hit Seth Roberts for a 41-yard touchdown pass to cap off his 513-yard day — a franchise record — and hand the Raiders a 30-24 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.

“It’s always great when you trust and that trust is rewarded,” Del Rio told reporters during his postgame press conference. “That builds confidence and we’ll continue to grow as a football team. Our quarterback made a ton of plays today. He really did.”

With the win, the Raiders improve to 6-2 on the season and boost their road record to 5-0 for the first time since 1977.

While Carr wrote his name into the team’s record book, the Raiders also claimed an infamous spot in NFL lore. Oakland handed the Bucs 200 yards on 23 penalties, which is the highest total in league history.

“We recognize we have things we’ve got to be better at,” Del Rio said. “So, again, it makes it easier to get their attention because it’s obvious. That’s easy to see. You just can’t do that. So, obviously, we’ll have to clean that up.”

No drive better epitomized that afternoon-long struggle than the Bucs’ 82-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. The drive, which briefly gave the hosts a 24-17 advantage, featured 38 yards of offense and 44 yards on penalties.

Following that disastrous sequence, Carr sent the game to overtime by orchestrating a nine-play 75-yard scoring drive, which ended with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Mychal Rivera.

Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper were Carr’s prefered targets, as the tandem combined for 281 yards, but the quarterback had plenty of chances to spread out the catches. On his way to going 40-for-59 and throwing four touchdowns, Carr connected with 10 different receivers.

Left tackle Donald Penn was one of the 10 Raiders on that list. Penn’s lone reception was a one-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter.

After hauling in his touchdown — the fourth of his career — Penn stood in the corner of the endzone with his arms folded across his chest, posing for the crowd at his old home.

“I’m not even going to get into that,” Penn said. “But I was super hyped.”

Prior to joining the Raiders for the 2014 season, Penn had spent eight years with the Bucs before the NFC South team cut him in the spring of 2013.

“I’m going to be modest right now,” Penn added. “But I was really excited. I was really excited. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you.”
Amari CooperDerek CarrDonald PennMichael CrabtreeNFLOakland Raiders

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A construction worker watches a load for a crane operator at the site of the future Chinatown Muni station for the Central Subway on Tuesday, March 3, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Major construction on Central Subway to end by March 31

SFMTA board approves renegotiated contract with new deadline, more contractor payments

Neighbors and environmental advocates have found the Ferris wheel in Golden Gate Park noisy and inappropriate for its natural setting. <ins>(</ins>
Golden Gate Park wheel wins extension, but for how long?

Supervisors move to limit contract under City Charter provision requiring two-thirds approval

San Francisco school teachers and staff will be able to get vaccinations without delay with the recent distribution of priority codes. 
Shutterstock
SF distributes vaccine priority codes to city schools

San Francisco has received its first vaccine priority access codes from the… Continue reading

COVID restrictions have prompted a benefit or two, such as empty streets in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Taking the scenic route through a pandemic

Streets of San Francisco are pleasantly free of traffic

Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina provide the voices of the title characters of “Raya and the Last Dragon.” <ins>(Courtesy Disney)</ins>
‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ boasts full-scale diversity

Though familiar in plot, Disney’s latest is buoyed by beauty, pride and power

Most Read