Derek Carr found an unlikely hero Sunday to help the Oakland Raiders to a come-from-behind victory.
Carr hit a short 6-yard pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds remaining, giving the Raiders a 24-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday.
“In terms of what we’ve been kind of preaching as a team is just resiliency,” Carrier said. “We’ve faced adversity this year and just finishing strong ... that’s exactly what we did today.”
Carr said he reminded Carrier of an early season game against the Denver Broncos.
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“I hugged him after and said I owed you for the one against Denver,” he said. “We always have that confidence; he just doesn’t get a lot of plays his way. You saw the same route. The guy is a heck of a player.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned after a rib injury and engineered a touchdown drive to give Pittsburgh a 21-17 lead with 2:55 remaining.
That was more than enough time left for Carr, who led his 16th fourth-quarter comeback and game-winning drive since entering the NFL in 2014.
Carrier credited tight ends coach Frank Smith for getting him ready for that touchdown.
“Frank’s done an amazing job in that room,” he said. “He puts us in position that we can be successful. All the credit goes to him.”
Jared Cook, who had seven receptions for 116 yards, was happy for Carrier and Lee Smith, who had a 3-yard touchdown reception with 5:20 remaining.
“Thar’s super cool,” he said. “Those guys work their tails off to be here and just to see those guys get rewarded for their hard work, especially Derek (Carrier), he came wide open on that play and the play wasn’t designed to go to him and he was ready and caught that thing and got in there. I’m so happy.”