Palmer leads Raiders to buzzer-beater field goal to top Steelers
The potential game-winning drive seemed to be a dud after two quick incomplete passes, but perhaps the most pivotal play of the game ensued on 3rd and 10 - Palmer hit tight end Brandon Myers over the middle for 15 yards and a first down. Everything then clicked for the Raiders offense, as Palmer connected on three more passes in a row, setting up kicker Sebastian Janikowski with a 43 yard field goal. As soon as the ball took flight off his foot, Janikowski had one hand raised high as he stared into a raucous crowd at the O.co Coliseum - he was sure the kick split the uprights. The clock was at 0:00, and the Raiders had a three-point victory over one of the AFC's elite.
The win was unlikely for the Raiders, who faced a plethora of injuries to key players. They were without both of their starting cornerbacks, an already thin position for the Raiders, which forced them to move versatile free safety Michael Huff to a full-time cornerback position. When the man replacing Huff at safety, Matt Giordano, went down with an injury, Huff was forced to move back to safety, shaking up the secondary once more.
Already without receiver Jacoby Ford for the season, the Raiders lost starting wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey to a scary neck/head injury after a helmet-to-chin hit from Steelers' safety Ryan Mundy. This was just another very serious example of why the NFL needs to get the real referees back on the field, as Mundy was not penalized for the hit. DHB was knocked unconscious, but was able to give a thumbs up while being wheeled off on a stretcher and is in stable condition at a local hospital.