Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season ended in the most ridiculous fashion football fans have likely ever seen.
In the first NFL game with fans in attendance in Las Vegas, quarterback Derek Carr threw a 31-yard game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Zay Jones in overtime to give the Raiders a 33-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.
The touchdown was simple, but the overtime period leading up to it was a whole different story. It was one of the most bizarre endings to a game that had social media aflame and viewers confused.
The Raiders opened overtime with the ball and scored on their sixth play courtesy of a Carr touchdown pass to wide receiver Bryan Edwards. The play unleashed celebration in the stands and players began shaking hands on the field. But after further review, Edwards’ knee was down short of the goal line and the Raiders were instead given first-and-goal with a chance to end the game on Baltimore’s 1-yard line.
After a failed quarterback sneak on first down, the Raiders were flagged for a false start and pushed back to the 5-yard line on the next play. Right after, Carr was intercepted by Ravens defensive back Anthony Averett in the end zone. Just like that, the Raiders went from being primed for an easy win to facing a potential meltdown.
The Ravens couldn’t capitalize on Carr’s costly turnover, though. The ensuing drive ended because of a Lamar Jackson fumble that was forced by Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib. The Raiders were given life once again.
Two plays later, Carr found Jones deep down the right side of the field to give the Raiders their first win of the season in front of an electric Las Vegas crowd. Carr finished the game 34-of-56 passing for 435 yards and two touchdowns.