Gradkowski completed 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards and he became the first Raider quarterback in 30 years to throw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter when Ken Stabler did it in 1979. He also was the first Raider quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards since Dante Culpepper did it in November of 2007.
He led the Raiders off in the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the game only to see the Steelers retake the lead in just two plays. On the Raiders’ next possession, he executed a play action fake on third and 1 and threw a perfect ball to Murphy in stride for a 75-yard touchdown. Finally, after seeing the Steelers march right back down to field to take the lead back again, he trotted back out on the field to see if there was any magic left in that hat.
The result was an 88 yard drive with just under two minutes on the clock capped off when he connected with
Louis Murphy could join Gradkowski in being honored with a weekly award. Murphy is among the nominees for the NFL Rookie of the Week award after being the recipient of 4 of those passes for 128 yards and 2 of the 3 fourth quarter touchdowns. Murphy also became the first Raider wide receiver to have over 100 yards receiving since Ronald Curry had 120 yards in the same November 2007 game that saw Culpepper throw for over 300 yards. So yeah, it’s been a while for this team.
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The Rookie of the Week winner will be announced this Friday the 11th.