SEATTLE –Once Josh Jacobs got past the last line of Seattle’s defense, all that was in front of him was open ground and a spot among the greatest single-game performances in NFL history.
Jacob sprinted 86 yards for a game-ending touchdown and the Las Vegas Raiders won in overtime for the second straight week, beating the Seahawks 40-34 on Sunday.
“When I hit the gap I see a big hole and I just tried to run as fast as I could,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs finished with a franchise-record 229 rushing yards and two scores. He also had six catches for 74 yards, and his 303 yards from scrimmage was the most in franchise history and seventh in a game in the Super Bowl era.
Jacobs had never had a touchdown over 28 yards, and his extraordinary momentum was reminiscent of the Raiders’ Bo Jackson running untouched for a long touchdown against the Seahawks at Kingdome on Nov. 30, 1987.
Not bad for a guy who had been listed as questionable for the game with a calf injury. There was nothing uncertain about Jacobs’ game once he stepped onto the court.
“To see him end up like that, I know what he’s dealing with, I know how hard he works. It was really cool to see that,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said.
Las Vegas (4-7) finished with 283 rushing yards and his 576 total yards was the third most ever allowed by the Seahawks (6-5), who lost a game behind San Francisco in the NFC West.
“He’s hard to knock down. He’s a tough runner with good balance. You gotta really wrap it up,” Seattle defensive tackle Shelby Harris said. “He is not one of those backs that touch and fall. He makes his money by breaking tackles and getting those extra yards.
Las Vegas forced overtime on Carr’s 5-yard touchdown throw to Foster Moreau in the corner of the end zone with 1:54 remaining, making it 34-all. Carr threw an interception on the first play of the game but went 25 of 36 for 295 yards and three touchdowns.
The Raiders also got a break when Jacobs appeared to fumble inside the 10 just before Moreau’s touchdown, but officials ruled his forward progress had been halted.
“It started from the first play to the last play. The first play is an interception and the last play is a touchdown,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said. “There were a lot of twists and turns in the game.”
Seattle lost its second straight after falling at Tampa Bay two weeks ago in Germany. Geno Smith was 27 of 37 for 328 yards and two touchdowns. But Seattle’s rushing offense struggled for the second straight game, although Kenneth Walker III ran for two touchdowns.
In overtime, Daniel Carlson missed a 56-yard field goal attempt on Las Vegas’ first possession. But Seattle went to three and on the next scrimmage play, Jacobs broke free.
Jacobs became the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 300 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in a game, and the first since Adrian Peterson set the single-game record for rushing yards ( 296) in 2007. He is the first player since under 1950 with at least 225 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards in the same game.
“It’s kind of crazy, coming in and not knowing if I was going to play, looking the guys in the eye and telling them they’re going to have everything they have in me,” said Jacobs.
The 86-yard TD rush was the fourth-longest overtime touchdown in league history.
“Josh was really great today. He had a great game and we didn’t tackle as well as needed and we didn’t plan as well as needed,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. .
For most of the match, it looked like Las Vegas would ruin their chance to win despite their unstoppable rushing attack. McDaniels twice decided to kick in field goals instead of keeping his attack on the field. He also called a head-scratching header to Jacobs on fourth down in the fourth quarter that Seattle stopped.
But Carr was terrific on the tying drive in regulation. He went 6 of 8, including a spectacular one-handed catch by Davante Adams for 28 yards, and he floated the touchdown pass perfectly to Moreau in the back corner.
Seattle had one last chance to win in regulation and appeared to have a first down near midfield on Smith’s pass to DK Metcalf with 57 seconds left. But after a long examination, it was determined that Metcalf had no control of the ball as he turned and touched the sideline. Smith was sacked by Maxx Crosby in the next game and Seattle punted.
Raiders DT Andrew Billings limped off the field in the fourth quarter and was then rushed to the locker room. … Seattle S Ryan Neal suffered an elbow injury in overtime and substitute Josh Jones took a bad angle on Jacobs’ game-winning run.
The Seahawks have announced that in the 2023 season the team will wear retro uniforms with the silver helmets, blue jerseys and silver pants that Seattle sported in the 1990s.
Raiders: Host the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.
Seahawks: At the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.
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