After 13 seasons without a playoff berth, the once-hapless Oakland Raiders appear to be on the road to the postseason at long last. The Silver and Black are currently under a revival thanks to young quarterback Derek Carr, who in his third season is the undisputed best young quarterback in football.

During his first two seasons in the NFL, only Dan Marino had more passing touchdowns than Carr. He has found greater success this season after another offseason of hard work to continue honing his skills. The former Fresno State star who threw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000-plus yards in his final college season is now a gunslinger on Sundays for the Raiders, who seem to win every week due to some dramatics from their quarterback.

With a handful of fourth-quarter comebacks already under his belt, Carr saved perhaps his best performance of the season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a wild overtime win for the Raiders. Carr tied the game with a last-minute drive and set up Sebastian Janikowski for a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation before he was forced to finish the job in overtime after a 50-yard miss from his kicker.

Carr would recover from another Janikowski miss in overtime to throw a touchdown on 4th-and-4 with just over a minute left to give the Raiders a walkoff win in Tampa Bay. The game-winner, a 41-yard pass to Seth Roberts down the middle of the field, would also give Carr the Raiders’ record for passing yards in a single game with 513, providing another reminder of the 25-year-old’s elite talent.

About Chase Ruttig

Chase Ruttig is a Canadian sportswriter who covers North American sports for various outlets.