October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) prepares to throw a pass before the start of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Late Sunday Afternoon Recap: Overtime Brings Triumph to the Home Team


An exciting Sunday afternoon it was. Two massive comebacks staged by Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders, and Mark Sanchez with the New York Jets.

In Oakland, the home crowd was in for a 4th quarter treat. A late touchdown score tied the game at 23 each, as the Raiders had battled from behind since the start at the game, being down as much as two touchdowns at one point. A field goal by Sebastian Janikowski won the game for home team in overtime, capping of the rally.

For the Jaguars , it was a game of disaster from the start. On just the second play of the game, Maurice Jones-Drew suffered an unspecified left leg injury that had him in a walking boot and crutches. Then, later in the game, Blaine Gabbert was shelved with a left shoulder injury, and the offense simply couldn’t function enough to preserve the lead late in the game.


October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) makes a pass during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

On the opposite coast, New York staged a comeback that just came short in overtime. Sanchez passed for over 300 yards against the Patriots defense, and led the Jets to 13 4th quarter points to take the lead. However, how often is Tom Brady out-done? He quickly countered with a drive that ended in a game-tying field goal as time expired in the game, eventually sending them to an overtime win.

Two very tight games that provided a lot of excitement for both home teams, and for the Jets and Jags, the only condolence I can offer is that someone had to lose in the end. For the Jaguars, it’s another growing pain, and hopefully injuries don’t prove too serious. For the Jets, it was a game that showed their fans they play to win. They just missed it this week.


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