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Raiders capitalize on OT fumble; rally back to beat Jaguars

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Associated Press
10/21/2012 8:26:20 PM
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The final kick was an easy one for Sebastian Janikowski.

After coming up short on what would have been an NFL-record 64-yard field goal attempt on the last play of regulation, Janikowski hit a 40-yarder 2:06 into overtime to give the Oakland Raiders a 26-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Janikowski's winning kick was set up after Cecil Shorts III fumbled on the opening possession of overtime. The Raiders overcame a 14-deficit in the second half to force overtime.

Carson Palmer threw one TD pass and ran for another to force overtime for the Raiders (2-4) before they won it after Lammar Houston forced a fumble that Joselio Hanson recovered at the Jacksonville 21.

After one play to centre the ball, Janikowski came on to kick the winning field goal to end a rough day for the Jaguars (1-5).

The Jaguars lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a left foot injury on the opening drive and quarterback Blaine Gabbert to an injured left shoulder in the second quarter and managed only two downs after halftime behind backup quarterback Chad Henne.

Jacksonville ultimately lost it after Henne took a sack on second down in overtime and Shorts then got stripped by Houston after a short pass over the middle to set up Janikowski's fourth field goal of the game.

Gabbert threw a 42-yard TD pass to Shorts before leaving with the injury, Rashad Jennings scored on a 5-yard run and Josh Scobee kicked three field goals for the Jaguars.

Oakland fell behind 20-6 early in the second half and 23-13 early in the fourth before rallying to tie the game on Palmer's 1-yard run with 3:34 remaining.

Palmer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore to start the comeback and Oakland's next two scoring drives were aided by Jacksonville penalties.

Andre Branch was called for roughing the passer in the end zone on a third-down play stopped short of the yard marker to extend a drive that ended with Janikowski's third field goal.

The Jaguars went three-and-out again on the ensuing but were in position to stop Oakland on fourth-and-10 from the Jacksonville 25 with under 4 minutes to go. After the Raiders used their final timeout, Palmer threw deep in the end zone to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Aaron Ross was called for a questionable pass interference call on the play, putting Oakland at the 1 to set up Palmer's score.

A week after taking undefeated Atlanta to the final seconds on the road before losing 23-20, the Raiders were flat at the start against a one-win Jaguars team missing its running back and quarterback for much of the day.

Jones-Drew was on the field for just two snaps, carrying the ball on the first two plays before leaving with a left foot injury. By the time Gabbert left midway through the second quarter, Jacksonville was in control of the game.

The Jaguars held Oakland to a field goal after Heyward-Bey beat them for a 59-yard gain to the 9 on a third-down pass that gave the Raiders their only first down in the first 26 minutes of the game.

Jacksonville then capitalized on a blown coverage and two turnovers to take their biggest lead of the season at 17-3. Shorts raced past backup cornerback Phillip Adams and beat deep safety Tyvon Branch on a 42-yard touchdown that was Gabbert's first ever in the first quarter in 20 career starts.

Another mistake by Adams set up the second score when he dropped a punt at the 16, setting up Rashad Jennings' 5-yard run that made it 14-3.

Derek Cox then intercepted an ill-advised, underhand pass from Palmer off a deflection to set up a 50-yard field goal by Josh Scobee that made it 17-3.

The Jaguars tried to put it away there, recovering a surprise onside kick, but Henne failed to convert a fourth-and-1 pass. The Raiders then got a 33-yard field goal by Janikowski in the final minute to make it 17-6 at the break.

Denarius Moore  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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