Raiders Pull out Wild Win over Saints with Gutsy Last-Minute 2-Point Conversion

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2016

The Oakland Raiders play to win—that much was clear during Sunday's season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Oakland made up an 11-point deficit by scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter, including a touchdown with 47 seconds to play. The go-ahead score could have been just a game-tying score, but the Raiders went for it all.

Rather than play for overtime, Oakland attempted a two-point conversion after finding the end zone in the final minute, and Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree made a great play to haul in a pass from Derek Carr and give his team a 35-34 lead.

That decision led to an interesting stat:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Based on ESPN’s win prob. model, Raiders had 51% chance to win if they kicked PAT & 44% chance if they went for 2 https://t.co/2FNbZxRwzj

And that tweet led to quite a response from Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio:

Jack Del Rio @coachdelrio

Good thing ESPN isn't coaching the Raiders https://t.co/X6tB1YlZ4d

Saints kicker Wil Lutz had a chance to give his team a last-second victory, but his 61-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide left.



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