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Raiders leave it late in London

 

Josh Jacobs
Josh Jacobs

By Ian Parker

The Oakland Raiders managed to blow a 17-0 lead but beat the Chicago Bears regardless as the first NFL game to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium turned into a thriller.

The Raiders saw that commanding half-time lead become a 21-17 deficit in the third quarter but Josh Jacobs ran in the winning touchdown - his second of the night - with less than two minutes remaining.

That meant it was third time lucky in London for the Raiders, twice beaten at Wembley but the first to celebrate in Tottenham.

It was a tense finale. Chicago thought it was in the bag when Erik Harris appeared to fumble on his own 31-yard line and Buster Skrine hoovered it up, but the call was reversed after review and Oakland drove on.

Foster Moreau grabbed a 16-yard pass from Derek Carr on the two-yard line and Jacobs ran in the score with one minute 57 seconds remaining in the game.

The Bears had one final drive, but when Chase Daniel was picked off by Gareon Conley with 74 seconds left, the game was effectively over.

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