LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Raiders are getting ready to host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a game that could have major playoff implications. But, fans are still feeling great after last week's miracle in the Meadowlands.
The winless Jets led the Raiders by four points with just :13 left. Instead of playing it safe with a prevent coverage, the Jets brought an all-out blitz, leaving one-on-one coverage for the Raiders receivers.
The offensive line picked up the blitz perfectly, and Derek Carr stepped up in the pocket to deliver a beautiful deep ball.
On the other end, rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III blew by the coverage and caught the game-winning touchdown with just a few seconds left on the clock.
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Former Raiders coach Tom Flores admits it was a bad call by Jets defensive coordinator, Greg Williams, but he also wants to give the Raiders credit for not giving up and executing in crunch time. He believes that play probably saved their season.
"I said this is not good. This could be it. If they don't win this game, their chances are really bad. And I said, 'holy co...well I won't say what I said because I was screaming and yelling at the TV.' And it was a perfect throw and Derek was rushed a little bit because they were blitzing with everybody. So, all of a sudden, I love my Raiders again," Flores said with a chuckle.
Looking ahead to this week's matchup with the Colts, coach Flores says the Raiders need to stop the run and put pressure on Colts quarterback Philip Rivers if they want to win and improve their position in the playoff picture.
Kickoff is set for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PST in Allegiant Stadium.