Peephole perspective: A wild finish to a wacky game that was played before a drop-in-the-bucket crowd. Louis Rankin breaks a 98-yard kickoff return. The Raiders wriggled out of a third-and-25 situation. The Raiders also win, 27-24.
Player of the quarter: Kyle Boller, again. This time, he also did it with his feet – converting twice on fourth-and-1 by plowing into the gut of the Seahawks’ defense.
Play of the quarter: Just after the Raiders had kicked a field goal to take an 11-point lead, Rankin returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. The wow-factor run back turned into an eight-point play as J.P. Losman passed for the two-point conversion.
Stat of the quarter: Third-and-25. That’s right, as advertised above, the Raiders faced that situation, but got out of it out of as Boller ran for 6 yards and Roy Lewis was penalized for 15 – and the automatic first down – when he taunted Boller after making the tackle.
The bigger picture: The drive that ended the third quarter also consumed the start of the fourth, before Swayze Waters kicked a 29-yard field goal to cap the 16-play, 75-yard trudge that took more than 8 minutes and made it 27-16. Boller ran for 2 yards on fourth-and-1 and also passed 11 yards to Rock Cartwright on third-and-4 to sustain the drive.
The Seahawks, however, answered and did it emphatically as Rankin returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a TD. Losman then passed to Ruvell Martin for the two-point PAT that cut the Raiders’ lead to 27-24.
Lewis had the key plays in the Raiders’ rambling possession the chewed up most of the quarter. In addition to the taunting call on third-and-25, he also was flagged for roughness on a third-and-5 play to give the Raiders another first down. But on fourth-and-goal from the 1, rookie Dexter Davis stopped Michael Bennett and the Seahawks took over at their 2.
The Seahawks’ possession ended, however, when Losman’s pass to Ruvell Martin on fourth-and-10 was wide.