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  • D. Ross Cameron Contra Costa Times Quarterback Carson Palmer stuffs his way across the goal line and into the end zone to help pull the Raiders even in the fourth quarter.

  • Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press A winner every time: Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski (11) and holder Shane Lechler (9) watch the winning 40-yard field goal split the uprights.

Oakland takes W, ugliness and all

Published: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 - 8:49 pm

OAKLAND – A week after insisting there was no such thing as a moral victory, the Raiders demonstrated another NFL truism.

"There's no such thing as an ugly win," Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour said after Sebastian Janikowski delivered a 26-23 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 40-yard field goal in overtime Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

Coming off an encouraging 23-20 road loss to the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons, the Raiders came up short in many areas other than defense against a 1-4 opponent missing its quarterback and star running back.

One quality the Raiders (2-4) had in abundance was tenacity, and they needed it to overcome deficits of 20-6 in the third quarter and 23-13 with 12:40 left in the game.

It seemed only right the defense would deliver the play that set up Janikowski's winner, given the way it played most of the game.

The Jaguars opened with the ball at their 19-yard line in overtime with running back Rashad Jennings getting stuffed on the first play by Rolando McClain. On second and 10, quarterback Chad Henne sacked himself with Seymour bearing down on him, bringing up third and 20.

A pass from Henne to Cecil Shorts III went for eight yards before Lamarr Houston stripped the ball from behind Shorts and cornerback Joselio Hanson recovered at the Jacksonville 21.

Quarterback Carson Palmer knelt on the ball at the 22 to put Janikowski in the middle of the field, and the kicker delivered the winner for the Raiders' first lead since a 3-0 advantage in the first quarter.

"Am I pleased with the way we played, especially in the first half? Absolutely not," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "But any time you get an opportunity to win in the NFL, you can't ever take that for granted."

The Raiders assembled a 79-yard drive with Janikowski converting from 31 yards with 6:52 left to make it 23-16 and tied it when Palmer scored from the 1 with 3:34 to play.

Both drives were aided by Jacksonville penalties. The first was a roughing-the-passer penalty on Andre Branch on third and 10 and the second a 24-yard pass-interference call on Aaron Ross against Darrius Heyward-Bey in the end zone.

It was tough going for the Raiders all day on offense. They rushed for 69 yards in 26 carries, including 19 carries for 53 yards by Darren McFadden, and Palmer took a beating if not a lot of sacks (two) while completing 26 of 46 passes for 298 yards and an eight-yard touchdown to Denarius Moore.

Jacksonville had one scoring drive of any length with quarterback Blaine Gabbert hitting Shorts on a busted coverage for a 42-yard touchdown and a 7-3 lead. It capped a six-play, 80-yard march.

Gabbert sustained a shoulder injury in the second quarter and was replaced by Henne. Gabbert joined star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who left after two carries because of a foot injury.

The Raiders outgained Jacksonville 351-209 and had a 20-10 edge in first downs.

Jacksonville was 1 for 15 on third-down conversions in part because it rushed for just 54 yards in 26 carries.

"We were inept offensively," Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said.

The Raiders, however, kept the Jaguars in business with short-field scoring opportunities borne of their mistakes. Jacksonville scored its last 16 points on four drives that netted 34 yards in total offense.

A 50-yard field goal by Josh Scobee with 5:57 left in the half resulted from Palmer's ill-advised desperation backhanded attempt at a shovel pass, with Derek Cox making the interception.

"I should have just taken the sack," Palmer said. "I had Mike Goodson open in front of me, and I was stumbling and trying to flip him the ball. I can't put our defense in that situation."

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