2. Week 1, 2016 35-34 victory over New Orleans
It is clear by now that 2016 was the best season of the decade for the franchise, and their best since 2002, but how did it all start? The Raiders traveled to Louisiana to start the year, not an easy matchup for the Silver and Black. However, Jack Del Rio’s team had some swagger and all the magic in the world in 2016, and it began that week against New Orleans.
For many Raiders fans it felt like yet another miserable start to the season as the team fell behind 24-10 halfway through the third quarter. Derek Carr and Jack Del Rio had other ideas, as the team brought it back to tie the game at 27 with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Being the Raiders means that nothing is ever easy, so of course the Saints scored to go up 34-27 with six minutes left in regulation. True to form, Derek Carr had another fourth quarter comeback in him as he led the team down and found Seth Roberts for a ten yard touchdown with 47 seconds left on the clock.
On the road, the gambler Jack Del Rio decided to go for two and the win. Carr found Michael Crabtree on a beautifully executed fade route for the conversion and the Raiders victory. This win was the kick start the team needed and really was the catalyst that led the team to their improbable 12-4 season that culminated in a playoff berth. This win is one of the craziest in recent memory, and one of the top games of the decade for the Silver and Black.