Seth Roberts was having a relatively quiet day Sunday. His teammates, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, had combined for 20 catches for 281 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay, but Roberts had just two snags for 28 yards.
Then the final play of overtime happened.
Roberts made a catch, a pair of Buccaneers collided, and the 25-year-old was off to the races, scoring the game-winning 41-yard touchdown in a 30-24 road win over the Bucs.
“When (the defenders) kind of bounced off each other, I was like, ‘Oh, man, I can get in (the end zone),’” Roberts said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I took those couple steps and then I looked up on the Jumbotron and no one was near me. I was like, ‘Yeah, man, it’s over with.’”
Thus, Roberts did something that is extremely rare in football: He scored a walk-off touchdown.
“It was a mind-blowing feeling,” he said. “I’m just thankful for our organization, especially the guys I suit up with everyday. We go to practice and we scheme up for these other (teams). It’s a great feeling just to win away and be in Florida for a whole week and go 2-0 and come back with Denver on Sunday. It’s a great feeling.”
Oakland (6-2), which won at Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, is 5-0 on the road this season. The Raiders host the Broncos (6-2) this Sunday night in a pivotal AFC West showdown.
Roberts finished with three catches for 69 yards against the Bucs, as Derek Carr threw for 513 yards and four touchdowns.
“Derek is a great guy,” Roberts said. “He wants to win. He’s got that dog in him. I love it, man. We all hold each other accountable and expect the best from each other and try to feed off each other. It’s a great feeling, man.”
Oakland won despite committing 23 penalties for 200 yards. Tampa Bay, by comparison, committed six penalties for 64 yards.
“I can’t even remember,” Roberts said, when asked how many of the flags seemed legit. “To be honest, I can’t remember. Super weird. Once we make a play, you look back and there’s a flag. I’m just thankful none of the guys got their mind out of the game like, ‘Oh, man, the refs are cheating.’ We were pissed off, but we stayed at it and stayed focused. There’s nothing you can really do about it.”
The Raiders will go for their straight win this Sunday. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET.