Raiders fall short, lose 16-9 to Patriots

The Oakland Raiders went into New England 14-point underdogs looking to avoid starting the year 0-3.

The Raiders looked like a different team than their first two losses, but in the end they still suffered another loss.

But not without some drama.

Dennis Allen’s defense dominated the first quarter, keeping Tom Brady and the Patriots offense out of the end zone. Meanwhile, Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr was able to get the team moving but was forced to settle for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.

The field goal was Janikowski’s first field goal of the season and gave the Raiders the early 3-0 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter was a different story as Brady and the Patriots held the ball for much of the quarter en route taking the lead.

Brady got the Patriots on the scoreboard first with a 15-play, 84-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski to give the Patriots the 7-3 lead.

The Raiders defense played much better than their last two weeks but still struggled to get off of the field on third down. Overall, the Patriots were 9 for 18 on third down.

The Patriots would add to their lead later in the second quarter with another long drive, though Jason Tarver’s defense would hold and force just a field goal. The 21-yard field goal would give New England the 10-3 lead heading into the locker room for halftime.

The defense continued to play well as the Raiders took the field in the second half. Unfortunately the Carr was unable to get the offense into the end zone, having to settle for more touchdowns.

Janikowski connected from 37 yards and then 47 yards out to bring the Raiders to just a one-point deficit, at 10-9 after three quarters.

It looked as if the Patriots would pull away in the fourth quarter but the Raiders defense held once again, prompting another field goal that still kept the game at a one-score deficit at 16-9.

Carr had himself one last shot to to tie the game when running a two-minute drill and down by seven.

The young quarterback led a beautiful drive, capitalizing on a pass interference call on the Patriots secondary that gave Oakland first and goal. It looked as if the Raiders tied the game when Darren McFadden found room behind rookie left guard Gabe Jackson for the touchdown but Jackson was ultimately called for holding.

The play backed them up ten yards, putting the Raiders in a tough situation. With his receivers covered, Carr looked to just drop the ball of to his checkdown guy, Denarius Moore a couple of yards down the field. The problem is that Moore had the ball go through his hands and clank off of his pads. Big defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was right there to come away with the opportunistic interception.

Brady would just take a knee to end the game, handing the Raiders their third loss as they head to London to take on the Miami Dolphins next.

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