Raiders rally past Jaguars 26-23 in OT

Associated Press Modified: October 22, 2012 at 4:04 am •  Published: October 22, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With three turnovers, a blown coverage that led to a big-play touchdown and being surprised by an onside kick, the Oakland Raiders have plenty of things to feel bad about.

The final result isn't one of them.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal after Cecil Shorts III fumbled on the opening possession of overtime and the Raiders overcame three turnovers and a 14-point deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23 Sunday.

"We're definitely very fortunate to come out with a win," defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. "We're not satisfied. We understand that we have to play better, that we have to get better as a team. We can't play that brand of ball against really good football teams and expect to win."

It's the exact opposite feeling the Raiders (2-4) had a week ago when they took undefeated Atlanta down to the final second on the road before losing 23-20.

So even though this win came against the struggling Jaguars (1-5), who were missing star running back Maurice Jones-Drew and quarterback Blaine Gabbert for much of the game, Oakland was pleased with the outcome.

"An ugly win is better than a pretty loss," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "I know that. I'm just proud of the way we fought because it wasn't pretty.

"We did not play up to our standard and play the way we're coached. But we hung in there and the defense played great giving us the ball back. It's just good to get out of here with a win."

Palmer threw one TD pass and ran for another to force overtime for the Raiders (2-4) before they won it after Lamarr Houston forced a fumble by Shorts that Joselio Hanson recovered at the Jacksonville 21.

After one play to center the ball, Janikowski came on to kick the winning field goal to end a rough day for the Jaguars.

"I feel like our guys hung in there and competed until the very end," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I think at the end of the day you make enough plays to win the game and I thought our guys did that today."

The Jaguars lost Jones-Drew to a left foot injury on the opening drive and Gabbert to an injured left shoulder in the second quarter and managed only two first downs after halftime behind backup quarterback Chad Henne.

"We're finding ways to not win these games instead of finding ways to win them," coach Mike Mularkey said. "At some point you have to draw a line and go, 'Enough is enough.' When we get to that point you'll see different outcomes, but we're not there obviously."

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