The first step in the Raider Nation's return to glory?
By: Jimbo X
As has been tradition here at the Internet Is In America since 2012, join us LIVE on gameday as we give you REAL-TIME play-by-play for the first Raiders game of the season. Live coverage of the Silver and Black's season opener at the Super Dome down in New Orleans begins at 1 p.m. eastern time Sunday, Sept. 11. Be sure to hit the refresh button frequently, as we'll be updating this motherfucker during every commercial break. And as always - do yourself a favor and bookmark us, and let all your fellow Raiders fans know what we're up to by posting links to our coverage on your social media pages.
12:03 p.m. - All right folks, we are officially less than an hour away from kickoff! Full play-by-play coverage begins at 1 p.m. Tell yo' friends, everybody!
12:30 p.m. - The Saints are 3 point favorites, with Vegas setting the O/U at 51. Defensive end Mitchell Loewen is out for the Saints and linebacker James Cowser is out of action for the Raiders.
12:39 p.m. - Both teams finished 7-9 last season. The Saints were the second worst defensive team in the League in 2015, allowing 6,615 yards over their 16 game stretch. The Raiders, ranked eleventh worst defensively, allowed opposing teams to chalk up 5,818 yards against them last season.
12:55 p.m. - Chris Meyers and Ronde Barber we'll be doing commentary. "Expectations for the Raiders haven't been this high in years," Myers says.
12:58 p.m. - And we begin with a special message from Barack Obama about 9\11. And a moment of silence, followed by a special performance by the New Orleans Fire Dept. drum and pipes band.
1:04 p.m. - Raiders win the coin toss and elect to defer to New Orleans.
1:05 p.m. - Marcus Murray doing kickoff duties for the Saints. Sea-bass set to punt. It's a touchback.
1:06 p.m. - Drew Brees incomplete on first down.
1:07 p.m. - Second down. The receiver can't hold on.
1:08 p.m. - Third and 10. BREES IS SACKED BY BRUCE IRVIN AND THE RAIDERS FORCE A FUMBLE!
1:08 p.m. - Raiders take over at the Saints 21. Murray gets back to the line of scrimmage. A flag is down. It is holding on the offense.
1:09 p.m. - First and 20 because of Michael Crabtree. Jones picks up maybe a yard.
1:10 p.m. - Second and 19. Two men in the back. Murray struggles to get a yard.
1:11 p.m. - Third and 18. A quick pass to Amari Cooper, but he doesn't get much yardage at all. Here comes Sea-bass. A 47-yard attempt, and it's good. Raiders take the 3-0 lead.
1:13 p.m. - Sea-bass kicks. And the Raiders pin the Saints behind their own 10-yard-line.
1:15 p.m. - Cooks gets smothered immediately. 2 and 10. Ingram picks up about nine.
1:16 p.m. - Third and 1 for the Saints. Hightower gets the first.
1:17 p.m. - First and 10 at their own 20. Ingram rumbles to the 35 yard line.
1:18 p.m. - Snead with a completion at mid-field.
1:19 p.m. - The back is stuffed near the line of scrimmage.
1:19 p.m. - Second and nine. Snead with another big pick up. The Saints now at the Raiders 37.
1:20 p.m. - Ingram with about five on the run.
1:20 p.m. - Ingram makes it to the Raiders 13 on a screen.
1:21 p.m. - Brees under pressure, so he throws it away.
1:21 p.m. - Second and 10. Kuhn gets maybe a yard or two.
1:21 p.m. - Third and eight. Receivers everywhere. Brees tosses it away on a blitz. Fourth and eight. There is a late flag.
1:22 p.m. - And Brees gets hit with an intentional grounding penalty. Here comes the Saints field goal unit.
1:23 p.m. - A 42-yard attempt is good. It's all knotted up 3-3.
1:25 p.m. - Taiwan Jones doing kick return duties. He goes down at the 15 and flags are all over the field.
1:26 p.m. - Two holding calls against the Raiders push them behind their own ten.
1:29 p.m. - Murray gets a couple of yards.
1:29 p.m. - Second and six. Flag is down and the play is dead. A false start call against Lee Smith makes it two and 11.
1:30 p.m. - Cooper gets up the 15 yard line. Third and seven.
1:31 p.m. - And Jalen Richard gets the first down!
1:32 p.m. - HUGE PICKUP FOR COOPER! Raiders well within Saints territory now.
1:32 p.m. - A 35-yard pick up, in case you were wondering.
1:33 p.m. - Second and five. ANOTHER HUGE PICKUP FOR COOPER! The Raiders down to the Saints' five!
1:34 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS! Murray with about a ten yard rush to put Oakland up by six!
1:35 pm. - Sea-bass is automatic. The Raiders lead 10-3 with about a minute left in the first quarter.
1:37 p.m. - Derek Carr is 6-6 and has 82 yards on the day. And all of that came on the last drive alone.
1:39 p.m. - Saints begin at their own 20. Ingram with a three yard run.
1:40 p.m. - Snead is a little short of the first down sticks.
1:41 p.m. - Third and 1. Hightower picks up a new set of downs. And that's the end of the first quarter.
1:44 p.m. - Second and five for NO. And Snead spins his way down to the Raiders' 10.
1:45 p.m. - First and ten. Cooks pushed out at the five.
1:46 p.m. - Second and goal. And the receiver has one foot out of bounds.
1:48 p.m. - Third and goal. Cooks tries to run it in, but he cannot get it.
1:48 p.m. - The Saints are going for it on fourth down. And there is an encroachment call against the Raiders.
1:49 p.m. - Still fourth and goal. Raiders take a timeout.
1:50 p.m. - Ingram and Kuhn in the backfield. And Willie Snead reels it in for the score. He was wide open.
1:52 p.m. - And the extra point is good. It's 10-10 with about 12 minutes left in the second quarter.
1:53 p.m. - Saints kick. Taiwan Jones goes down just short of the 30 yard line. Flags out.
1:55 p.m. - 10-yard holding penalty on the Raiders.
1:55 p.m. - Pass to Crabtree no good. Pass interference call on the Saints gives Raiders some free yardage.
1:56 p.m. - First and 10 at the 25 yard line. Murray gets no gain on a run.
1:57 p.m. - Third down and nine at the OAK 26. AND CARR SCRAMBLES TO GET THE FIRST, COMPLETE WITH A BADASS SUPERMAN LEAP FOR THE NEW SET OF DOWNS!
1:58 p.m. - Face mask call on Jones. Raiders at their own 35. And there is a flag. Actually, there isn't. So the Raiders have to kick it away.
2:00 p.m. - Marquette King punt puts the Saints at their own 20 to start their next drive.
2:04 p.m. - Ingram gets nowhere on first down.
2:04 p.m. - Second and one. Ingram gets enough for the new set of downs.
2:06 p.m. - Saints at own 40. Hightower barely gets back to the line of scrimmage.
2:06 p.m. - Second and nine. Cooks wide open down at the Raiders' 40.
2:07 p.m. - First and ten. Michael Thomas pushed out of bounds at the Raiders' 15.
2:08 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Brees hits Cooks in double coverage to give the Saints their first lead of the game.
2:09 p.m. - The point after is good. NO leads it, 17-10.
2:11 p.m. - Jones down at the 25. The Raiders take over with 4:49 left in the half.
2:13 p.m. - Crabtree can't hold on to the ball. Second and 10.
2:14 p.m. - Murray makes it a third and short situation.
2:15 p.m. - Third and one. And Murray picks up a new set of downs. But it is negated by a holding call.
2:16 p.m. - Third and 11 for OAK. Washington is about a yard or two short of the first down.
2:17 p.m. - Fourth down. King comes out to punt. NO begins a little short of their own 30.
2:18 p.m. - Thomas about three, four yards short of the first.
2:19 p.m. - Second and third. Ingram very close to getting a first down. And that's our two minute warning.
2:20 p.m. - Third and one for NO. Brees with a quarterback sneak. And the refs call it a first down.
2:23 p.m. - Second and 10. AND BREES gets sacked by Irivn. There is a flag at the 46 yard line. DJ Hayden with an idiotic pass interference call.
2:24 p.m. - Fourth and 4 now. Raiders have 1:20 to get some points on the board. Delay of game on Saints.
2:27 p.m. - And the Raiders take over at their own 17.
2:28 p.m. - Walford is short of the down.
2:29 p.m. - The Raiders get a first down.
2:29 p.m. - 45 seconds left. And Menelik Watson is hurt. And oh shit, Austin Howard is inactive for today's game. Uh-oh. LOL when he punches some benches, though.
2:30 p.m. - First and 10. Matt McCants in as tackle. Seth Roberts picks up another first. Raiders at their own 40.
2:31 p.m. - Raiders spike it with six seconds left. Deep throw time.
2:33 p.m. - Sideline throw. Two seconds left. Third and 12. Hail Mary time.
2:34 p.m. - Amari Cooper makes it down to the 35 yard line, but that is as far as he gets. Saints maintain 1 17-10 lead as the first half concludes.
2:36 p.m. - Derek Carr has no touchdowns and 137 yards on 12 completions. Meanwhile, Brees has two touchdowns and 200 yards on 15 completions.
2:37 p.m. - Rushing hasn't been a factor for either team. NO has just 48 over the first two quarters, while the Raiders have only posted 40.
2:38 p.m. - Cooper has 94 yards on five catches. Willie Snead has 84 yards and a TD on the same number of receptions.
2:39 p.m. - Dumb penalties have really cost the Raiders. That fourth down TD was completely facilitated by a downright stupid offsides flag. OAK has also had a lot of promising drives thwarted by holding calls.
2:40 p.m. - Raiders do get the ball to begin the second half, though. As long as Carr keeps hitting his receivers, they should at least keep this one competitive. But the Raiders D HAS to show up in the second half if they want to win this one.
2:42 p.m. - How many dumb Raiders penalties, you ask? Well, how about seven for 50 free Saints yards?
2:47 p.m. - Raiders begin at their own 20. Washington with about five yards.
2:48 p.m. - Second and five coming up. Not much gained. Third and five.
2:49 p.m. - Empty formation for OAK. Incompletion, intended for Cooper. Here comes King and the punting unit.
2:50 p.m. - The Saints return man goes down at the 25 yard line. A flag is down. An illegal block in the back against the Saints puts them back a couple of yards.
2:51 p.m. - Ingram dropped behind the line.
2:53 p.m. - Second and 11. Whistle on he play. False start on the Saints puts them back another five yards.
2:54 p.m. - Third and 10 at their own 10. Michael Thomas well short of the first down marker. The Punting unit comes out.
2:55 p.m. - Richard returns it down to the Saints' 40, but there is a flag.
2:58 p.m. - Raiders penalty puts them around their own 30. Crabtree takes it about ten yards to the Raiders' own 40.
2:59 p.m. - Crabtree picks up the new set of downs.
3:00 p.m. - Murray pushes the rock into Saints' territory. About a nine yard run.
3:01 p.m. - Raiders at midfield. He gets the first down and more.
3:01 p.m. - Incomplete to Amari Cooper on first down.
3:01 p.m. - Second and 10. Washington stuffed behind the line.
3:02 p.m. - Third down. Obvious throwing down here. Incomplete to Cooper. Fourth down.
3:03 p.m. - King is punting. And the Saints will start their next drive at their own 2-yard line.
3:05 p.m. - ...and Brandon Cooks takes it 98 yards to the house. FML.
3:06 p.m. - Saints extend their lead. 24-10, New Orleans.
3:09 p.m. - Jones downs it in the end zone. The Raiders will take over at their own 20.
3:10 p.m. - A flag on first down. False start on the offense.
3:11 p.m. - First and 15. Latavius close to getting a first down.
3:12 p.m. - An incompletion, almost picked off. Third and two.
3:13 p.m. - Saints take a timeout.
3:14 p.m. - And Murray pushes forward for a first down.
3:14 p.m. - Murray with about four on the carry.
3:15 p.m. - And Crabtree reels it in at midfield for a new set of downs.
3:16 p.m. - First and 10 at the Saints logo. And Jones scrambles 15 yards, all the way down to the Saints' 35.
3:17 p.m. - A Saints defender is down. He's probably having menstrual cramps or something.
3:18 p.m. - Murray taken down behind the line of scrimmage.
3:18 p.m. - Second and 11 near the Saints' 35.
3:19 p.m. - Crabtree takes it down to the NO 15.
3:19 p.m. - The ball is batted down, almost picked off, on first down.
3:20 p.m. - Washington with a couple of yards. Third down approaching.
3:20 p.m. - And holy shit, McCants is down. Jon Feliciano is the only lineman left for the Raiders.
3:23 p.m. - Third and eight. Three minutes and thirty four seconds left in the quarter. Major o line shift for OAK.
3:24 p.m. - Deep pass, and nothing going. Sea-bass kicks a three. It's 24-13, Saints.
3:25 p.m. - Saints stopped short of the 25-yard line.
3:26 p.m. - Thomas with about eight or nine yards. Second down and two.
3:27 p.m. - Hightower stopped right at the line. It's a new set of downs.
3:27 p.m. - Cooks runs for about 11.
3:28 p.m. - Hightower dropped behind the line.
3:29 p.m. - Second and 10. Saints pick up about five. Snead easily picks up the first.
3:30 p.m. - Saints well within Raiders territory. And that's the end of the third quarter.
3:31 p.m. - Fourth quarter begins. NO at the OAK 40. About two yards for Thomas.
3:32 p.m. - Ingram with about a two yard pick up. Third and five.
3:33 p.m. - An incomplete pas makes it fourth down.
3:34 p.m. - Here comes the field goal unit. It would be a 50 yarder. And it is no good.
3:36 p.m. - Raiders take over at their own 40. Murray approached midfield, but there is a flag.
3:37 p.m. - Pass interference on OAK, so that's 15 yards back.
3:37 p.m. - First and 20. COOPER WITH A HUGE PICK UP ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE SAINTS 30!
3:38 p.m. - And Crabtree takes it down to the Saints' goal-line!
3:39 p.m. - Amari Cooper out of bounds on first and goal.
3:40 p.m. - Second and goal. TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS!
3:40 p.m. - Jamize Olawale with a five yard bounce into the endzone! OAK going for two.
3:40 p.m. - No dice on the two point conversation. It's 24-19, New Orleans.
3:41 p.m. - Saints will begin their next drive around their own 30.
3:43 p.m. - Brees overthrows on double coverage. And god damn it, it is pass interference on the Raiders.
3:44 p.m. - First and 10 at midfield. Brees hit as he throws, but the catch stands. Second and four.
3:45 p.m. - Overthrown, but here comes the flag parade. Pass interference call on the Raiders.
3:46 p.m. - First and ten. Ingram barrels down inside the OAK 10.
3:46 p.m. - Second and goal. Pressure on Brees and he has to throw it away.
3:48 p.m. - Third and goal. Brees tries to sneak, but no dice.
3:48 p.m. - Fourth down. Saints take a timeout.
3:49 p.m. - 24-yard field goal attempt. Raiders block it, but the pigskin still makes it through the uprights. 27-19, New Orleans.
3:52 p.m. - Raiders down it at the 25.
3:53 p.m. - JALEN RICHARD WITH A TOUCHDOWN RUN! DUDE BLASTED IT ALMOST 80 YARDS!
3:55 p.m. - Two point conversion attempt. Cooper catches it and we are TIED!
3:57 p.m. - It is official. A 75-yard scorcher by Richard.
3:58 p.m. - Brees at his own 10. Overthrown, but there is a flag on it. Surprise! Pass interference call on the Raiders.
4:00 p.m. - Second and seven at the Saints 30. Snead with a huge pick up ... But he fumbles it! And God damn it, the Saints recover at the OAK 2!
4:01 p.m.- Saints use their final timeout.
4:02 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. The PAT is good. Saints regain the lead, 34-27.
4:05 p.m. - Six minutes to go. And OAK takes over at their own 25.
4:06 p.m. - Murray close to a nine-yard run.
4:07 p.m. - It is a first down, actually. Clive Walford connects at mid-field.
4:08 p.m. - Richard with a seven, eight yard pick-up.
4:09 p.m. - Second and two. Murray dropped behind the line.
4:10 p.m. - Third and four. Cooper can't hold on to it. A flag is down.
4:11 p.m. - Holding call on the Saints, so the Raiders get a new set of downs.
4:11 p.m. - First and ten at the Saints 35. Richard barely gets back to the line of scrimmage.
4:11 p.m. - Second and nine with 2:50 left. Carr under pressure, throws it away AND CRABTREE reels it in for a first down!
4:12 p.m. - And we hit the two minute warning. The Raiders at the Saints 25, down by a touchdown, with 120 seconds left in the game. Heart attack city.
4:13 p.m. - Walford with a juggling catch, but he is ruled out of bounds.
4:14 p.m. - Second and 10. Roberts drops it.
4:15 p.m. - Third and 10. Carr has to scramble, but he doesn't make it to the first down marker.
4:16 p.m. - Do or die time. Fourth and five.
4:16 p.m. - FLAG DOWN!
4:17 p.m. - PASS INTERFERENCE ON THE SAINTS! The Raiders get a new set of downs!
4:18 p.m. - Richard with a three yard reception. Second and 7. Raiders have all their timeouts.
4:18 p.m. - One minute left. Raiders take a timeout.
4:19 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS! Seth Roberts reels it in!
4:20 p.m. - OAKLAND IS GOING FOR TWO!
4:20 p.m. - Timeout Raiders.
4:21 p.m. - CRABTREE HOLDS ON TO IT!!!!!!
4:22 p.m. - The Raiders have a 35-34 lead. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gives the Saints 15 free yards.
4:23 p.m. - And the Saints are pinned back at their own 20, with forty seconds left in the game.
4:25 p.m. - Willie Snead takes it to the Saints 45. Twenty three seconds left.
4:26 p.m. - Snead down to the 40. Nine seconds left in the game.
4:27 p.m. - Incomplete. Third down, five seconds left. It would be a 61 yard field goal.
4:28 p.m. - Here comes the kicker for all the marbles.
4:28 p.m. - Raiders take their final timeout.
4:28 p.m. - NO GOOD! THE RAIDERS WIN 35-34!!!!!
|What is this strange feeling in my soul? It's kind of like the disappointment I've been feeling every fall since 2003, but ... it doesn't hurt to live anymore.|
4:35 p.m. - Our final score from the Big Easy? In one of the absolute most insane fucking games you will ever see, the Raiders make an epic comeback and win on a two-point conversion. YOUR UNDEFEATED OAKLAND RAIDERS are 1-0 on the season, defeating the New Orleans Saints 35-34!