Raiders honor Al Davis by beating Texans
The Oakland Raiders just won, baby.
A day after owner Al Davis died, the Raiders pulled off a fake punt he would’ve loved and found a way to gut out a 25-20 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Michael Huff intercepted Matt Schaub’s pass in the end zone on the final play to secure the win. Coach Hue Jackson dropped to his knees on the sideline, covered his face with his hands and cried as his team celebrated the bittersweet victory.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals, three from at least 50 yards. He was one of those unorthodox moves Oakland was known for under Davis, becoming only the third kicker drafted in the first round when the Raiders took him in 2000.
“He was looking over us,” Janikowski said. “I was feeling good and hitting everything in warmups.”
Stadiums around the league observed a moment of silence before the early games to honor Davis, who died at his Oakland home on Saturday at age 82. The Raiders (3-2) wore black decals on the backs of their helmets with “AL” written in silver letters.
Schaub threw for 416 yards and two touchdowns but missed star receiver Andre Johnson, who sat out with a right hamstring injury. The Texans (3-2) still had a chance to win with under a minute left, facing a third-and-23 from the Oakland 39.
Schaub scrambled and found tight end Joel Dreessen open at the 5, and Schaub spiked the ball with seven seconds left. Instead of trying to run for the winning score, Schaub lobbed a pass to Jacoby Jones, and Huff stepped in to pick it off.
49ers 48, Buccaneers 3
At San Francisco, Alex Smith threw two of his three touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Frank Gore ran for a score in his second straight 100-yard rushing game for San Francisco (4-1).
Carlos Rogers returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and tight ends Davis and Delanie Walker each caught TD passes of 20-plus yards in the Niners’ third straight win since blowing a late lead in a Sept. 18 overtime loss to the Cowboys.
Josh Freeman never found the flow that made him so effective in the rout here last November and the Bucs (3-2) were a step behind in a short week after beating the Colts on Monday night.