NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It appeared everything was falling right into place for a Saints victory after this Willie Snead catch, fumble, and recovery by Michael Thomas. The crazy chain of events led to a Travaris Cadet 2-yard touchdown giving the Saints a 7-point advantage.
Derek Carr and the Raiders had other ideas, they rolled up 57 yards quickly, getting into the Saints red zone with ease. A 4th and 5 looked like a failed conversion for the silver and black, but the refs called Craig Robertson for a very questionable penalty.
"After I see it on the big screen. Listen, I'm not going to start the season off paying a fine," said Sean Payton.
"Guy is out of bounds, just raise your arms, so they don't draw something. The ref made a call, I have to live with it myself. I thought it was a good play. I was almost about to celebrate, then I saw the flag," said linebacker Craig Robertson.
With a new set of downs Carr connected with Seth Roberts for a 10-yard score, Raiders trailed by one.
Overtime looked like a forgone conclusion, but Oakland had other ideas.
"I was on him, he just boxed me out, he's a big receiver. I still feel like I could've made a play on him. He's just a great receiver, he had the best of that one," said cornerback Ken Crawley.
"It was not unexpected, I thought that was the direction they would go. Considering how they moved the ball," said Payton.
The Raiders did move the ball up and down the field at a rapid pace in the fourth, netting 22 points, and having the defense looking for answers.
"I thought we were playing well up until halftime. To be honest it's kind of a blur for me now. We didn't get the job done. Too many explosive plays that I can remember," said safety Kenny Vaccaro.
Next up for the Saints is a matchup with the Giants on the road, but Robertson admitted they wanted this one really bad against the Raiders. Adding it'll be a tough one to shake.