Bengals 17

(7-3, 4-1 away)

Raiders 20

(3-7, 2-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, November 22, 2009 Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 7 7 3 017
OAK 0 7 3 1020

Top Performers

Passing: C. Palmer (CIN) - 207 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Scott (CIN) - 21 CAR, 119 YDS

Receiving: C. Johnson (CIN) - 4 REC, 67 YDS

Bengals fall to 0-10 in Oakland after Janikowski's winning kick

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Before the season even started, the Oakland Raiders picked this week's game to dedicate to Marquis Cooper, their former special teams star who died in a boating accident earlier this year.

With Cooper's family watching, it was only fitting that it was the type of special teams play Cooper took so much pride in that decided this game.

Fast Facts

• The Raiders tied the game on a 5-yard TD pass from Bruce Gradkowski to Louis Murphy with 33 seconds left, then won it 18 seconds later on a game-winning field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.

• Oakland scored 10 points in the fourth quarter after scoring a combined 6 fourth-quarter points in their previous seven games.

• Gradkowski finished 17 for 34 for 183 yards with an INT and two touchdowns, his first TD passes since 2006.

• Filling in for an injured Cedric Benson, rookie Bernard Scott rushed for a game- and career-high 119 yards on 21 carries.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Bruce Gradkowski threw a 29-yard game-tying touchdown pass to Louis Murphy with 33 seconds left and Brandon Myers forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to set up Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning 33-yard field goal that gave the Raiders a 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

"He caused the fumble," linebacker Sam Williams said. "That was unbelievable."

Cooper died in a boating mishap off the Florida coast earlier this year. He went on the trip with three friends on Feb. 28, but their boat capsized about 70 miles west of Clearwater as the men tried to free a stuck anchor.

Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley died in the accident. Nick Schuyler, also a former USF player, was the only survivor.

Out of the Palmer of His Hands

Cincinnati lost to the Raiders because of four turnovers, including two by Carson Palmer. All the turnovers came in the second or fourth quarters when Oakland outscored Cincinnati, 17-7.

Stats by quarter
1st/3rd 2nd/4th
CIN fumbles-lost 0-0 5-3
CIN Int 0 1
CIN Pts 10 7
OAK Pts 3 17

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Williams and Justin Fargas showed Cooper's wife, Rebekah, mother, Donna, and 3-year-old daughter, Delaney, around this weekend, allowing Rebekah to see the locker where her late husband prepared for games after joining the Raiders last season. After the game, coach Tom Cable told the team that the only game ball would be presented to Cooper's family.

"Before the game his 4-year-old daughter said she was excited to watch the game. She said, 'I get to see my daddy play!' " Williams said. "Man. I just spread the word and everybody felt the emotions of that. It was special."

It took nearly all 60 minutes, four turnovers and a thrilling comeback for the Raiders (3-7) to improve to 10-0 all time in Oakland against the Bengals (7-3), including one playoff win.

But this had to be one of the most painful for Cincinnati. The Bengals maintained their one-game lead over Pittsburgh in the AFC North after the Steelers lost in overtime at Kansas City, yet this loss could prove critical to seedings or even a playoff berth down the stretch.

"Coach [Marvin] Lewis talks about it all the time, about really stealing games on the road," receiver Chad Ochocinco said. "These are one of the teams -- no disrespect to them -- that we should have had the game."

Oakland rallied from an early 14-point deficit and trailed 17-10 with 2:06 left and the ball at the 20. Gradkowski, who took the starting job from JaMarcus Russell this week, threw a 19-yard pass to Zach Miller, then a 16-yarder to Chaz Schilens on fourth-and-10.

After a spike, Gradkowski found Murphy near the goal line. Murphy got loose from Morgan Trent and dived across the goal line for the tying score.

"As a team, we're not really known for fighting back, and we came back," Murphy said.

Just when it seemed the game was headed to overtime, Andre Caldwell fumbled the kickoff return, giving the Raiders the ball at the 17. After three kneel-downs, Janikowski delivered the winning kick, setting off a celebration in the crowd of 34,112. Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted a last-ditch pass from Carson Palmer to seal the victory.

"We came out today and didn't play well enough to win," Palmer said. "It's not something we need to sit around and talk about. The point is we lost. Anybody is capable of beating you on any day of the week no matter how good you think you are. When it comes down to it, you have to make plays and beat teams you're supposed to beat, and we didn't do that today."

The Bengals scored touchdowns on two of their first three drives, but managed only three more points the rest of the way. Fullback Jeremi Johnson fumbled at the Oakland 15 with Cincinnati leading 17-10 and Shayne Graham also missed a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Palmer completed 14 of 22 passes for 207 yards and became the first Bengals quarterback to run for two touchdowns in a game since Jack Thompson in 1979. Rookie Bernard Scott ran for a season-high 119 yards in place of the injured Cedric Benson.

Gradkowski replaced Russell in two of the past three games, but was unable to lead a single scoring drive. He did plenty with an entire week to prepare, giving the Raiders their first two-touchdown game since the opener.

He connected on a 10-yarder to Miller in the second quarter and then the tying TD to Murphy. He finished 17 for 34 for 183 yards, with two turnovers, including an interception with 6 minutes left that almost cost Oakland the game.

"We're just fortunate the defense did a great job, got the ball back," Gradkowski said. "We made a couple plays and that's it."

Game notes

Larry Johnson had two carries for 5 yards in his debut for the Bengals. ... Raiders DL Richard Seymour left the game in the first quarter with a lower back injury that is not expected to be serious. ... Oakland LB Isaiah Ekejiuba had a knee injury that could be serious, Cable said.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2316
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6858
Total Yards348275
Yards per play5.14.7
Total Drives1112
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-51-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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Scoring Summary

cinTD5:39Carson Palmer 1 Yard Run (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 78 yds, 9:28
cinTD7:13Carson Palmer 1 Yard Run (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yds, 5:05
oakTD1:03Zach Miller 10 Yard Pass From Bruce Gradkowski (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 2:58
oakFG10:32Sebastian Janikowski 52 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 38 yds, 5:01
cinFG3:31Shayne Graham 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 1:13
oakTD0:41Louis Murphy 29 Yard Pass From Bruce Gradkowski (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 1:39
oakFG0:16Sebastian Janikowski 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yds, 0:12