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Carr's late touchdown pass rallies Raiders to shocking win vs. Ravens
OAKLAND, Calif. -- An anemic offense one week, a porous defense the next.
Add it up and the Baltimore Ravens are heading home from their two-game, season-opening Western swing with a pair of losses.
Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 26 seconds left to cap the most productive day of his young career and lead the Oakland Raiders to a 37-33 victory over Baltimore on Sunday.
"We got outplayed and outcoached. There's no doubt about that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We have to find a way to win the game at the end. We had a chance to win it at the end."
Instead, the Ravens (0-2) did just enough to lose and opened the season with back-to-back losses for the first time since 2005.
Joe Flacco couldn't connect with a wide-open Steve Smith Sr. in the end zone after a late interception by Carr. That forced Baltimore to settle for a field goal and set the stage for the Raiders (1-1) to ra lly.
Carr went 7 for 9 for 65 yards on the winning drive with help from a personal foul on Timmy Jernigan and a hold on Will Hill III that negated an interception on the play before the touchdown that gave Jack Del Rio his first win as Raiders coach.
A week after gaining just 173 yards and failing to score an offensive touchdown in a 19-13 loss at Denver, it was the defense that did Baltimore in this time.
The Ravens played their first game in nearly 17 years without Ray Lewis, Ed Reed or Terrell Suggs anchoring the defense following Suggs' season-ending injury in the opener last week.
The defense looked nothing like a typical Ravens unit with Carr and the Raiders able to move the ball downfield with ease with little pressure and plenty of big plays. Carr threw for a career-high 351 yards and three touchdowns a week after being knocked out of a season-opening loss with an injured throwing hand.
The Raiders gained 448 yards - more than twice what Baltimo re allowed to Peyton Manning and the Broncos last week - and easily moved down the field on the winning drive.
"You can't replace a Hall of Fame-caliber player," defensive end Chris Canty said. "We understood the challenge that was ahead of us. We understood that we had to find guys and guys had to step up. Quite frankly, we took a step backward."
Flacco threw for 384 yards and two scores but just missed Smith on the key play and then threw a late interception that sealed it after Roberts' score.
"Right now we're not playing good enough as a team to win football games," Flacco said. "That's what happens, you lose games."
Baltimore had overcome a pair of 10-point deficits, including one after Carr threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree late in the third quarter, to take the lead.
Flacco responded by leading a pair of long drives for a field goal by Justin Tucker and a 7-yard run by Lorenzo Taliaferro that completed a 93-yard drive and tied th e game with 7:03 to play.
Flacco relied heavily on the 36-year-old Smith, who had 10 catches for 150 yards but couldn't get a second foot down in the end zone on an off-target pass from Flacco before Tucker's go-ahead field goal with 2:10 to go.
After failing to run a single offensive play in Cincinnati territory in the first three quarters of the opener, the Raiders got off to a fast start on offense. Amari Cooper made up for two early drops by beating Jimmy Smith deep on a 68-yard touchdown on the opening drive.
"That was big juice for our team really. It gave us a shot of life," Carr said. "He deserves a lot of credit. He's a great sparkplug."
NOTES: Cooper had seven catches for 109 yards and Crabtree had nine for 111, marking the first time since the 2011 season finale that two Raiders topped 100 yards receiving in a game. Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey did it that time. ... The Ravens lost for the second time in nine meetings with the Raiders wit h the other coming in 2003.
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