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Raiders 26, Bills 24


OAKLAND, Calif. — Rookie quarterback Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes, running back Latavius Murray rushed for 86 yards, and the Oakland Raiders beat the Bills 26-24 Sunday at the Coliseum, eliminating Buffalo from playoff contention.

The Raiders (3-12) won their third consecutive home game. The Bills (8-7) lost for the second time in three games.

Oakland placekicker Sebastian Janikowski made four of his five field-goal attempts, and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins caught five passes for 90 yards.

Carr completed 17 of 34 passes for 214 yards and touchdown passes to wide receiver James Jones and fullback Jamize Olawale. Carr wasn’t intercepted, and the Bills, who entered the game with an NFL high 49 sacks, sacked him just once.

Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton completed 32 of 49 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted twice, once each by safeties Charles Woodson and Brandian Ross. Running back Fred Jackson caught nine passes for 93 yards, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders built a 13-10 halftime lead and increased it to 16-10 when Janikowski drilled a 38-yard field goal with 10:18 left in the third quarter, capping a seven-play, 45-yard drive. Murray carried three times for 46 yards on the drive.

Janikowski made his fourth field goal of the game, this one from 49 yards, making it 19-10 with 5:49 left in the third. He capped a 12-play, 49-yard drive.

Buffalo cut Oakland’s lead to 19-17 on Orton’s 29-yard touchdown pass to tight end Scott Chandler with 14:54 left to play.

With less than five minutes left to play, the Raiders faced third-and-22 from their 19. Carr launched a deep pass down the right sideline, and wide receiver Andre Holmes made a leaping catch over cornerback Corey Graham for a 51-yard gain.

Two plays later, running back Darren McFadden gained 25 yards around left end, giving Oakland first-and-goal from the 1.

On second-and-goal, Carr hit a wide-open Olawale with a 1-yard touchdown pass in the left flat, giving the Raiders a 26-17 lead with 2:51 remaining.

After Janikowski missed from 48 yards, the Bills drove 80 yards for a touchdown. Orton fired a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Woods with 1:09 remaining, cutting Oakland’s lead to 26-24.

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck after the PAT allowed the Bills to try an onside kick from the 50, but Woodson recovered for Oakland.

NOTES: Raiders FS Charles Woodson recorded his 60th career interception midway through the first quarter. He became the 11th player in NFL history with at least 60 interceptions. … Bills starting DT Marcell Dareus, who has 10 sacks this season, sustained a knee injury early in the second quarter and did not return to the game. … Raiders rookie CB TJ Carrie started despite battling an ankle injury. The Raiders placed starting CB Tarell Brown (foot) on injured reserve earlier the week, and backup CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) was inactive. … Bills RB C.J. Spiller, who was activated from the injured reserve/designated for return list earlier in the week, returned to action after missing seven games with a broken clavicle. He carried the ball four times for a loss of 4 yards. … Buffalo starting CB Stephon Gilmore sustained a concussion with 7:23 left in the third quarter and did not return.

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