Raiders vs. Dolphins score, takeaways: Las Vegas knocks off Miami in overtime to stay undefeated

The Las Vegas Raiders found a way to stay undefeated on Sunday, as they downed the Miami Dolphins 31-28 in overtime. Not having Tua Tagovailoa hurt this week, but Jacoby Brissett led a 13-play, 82-yard touchdown drive with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and connected with Will Fuller for the tying two-point conversion. He flipped a switch in the final stages of regular time, and showed what he was capable of. Still it wasn't enough to escape Sin City with a win. Daniel Carlson kicked a 22-yard field goal with just seconds remaining in overtime to seal the victory for the Raiders.

There were plenty of points left on the board on Sunday. The Dolphins had a terrible safety in the first half and Carlson missed an extra point as well as a field goal. Derek Carr again played well. He overcame his first-quarter interception to throw for 386 yards and two touchdowns. Hunter Renfrow stood out as one of his favorite receivers, as he caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Running back Peyton Barber, who was a free agent just a couple of weeks ago, showed up in overtime, and rushed for a career-high 111 yards and one touchdown. 

It was a wild game, but let's try to break it down. Why did the Raiders win and the Dolphins lose?

Why the Raiders won

Call it the resiliency of the Raiders. After going down 14 in the first quarter, it really felt like we were about to see a surprising upset. Carr was able to get his offense to settle in, however, and the Raiders reeled off 25 straight points. The defense did its damndest to lose this one, but Carr skillfully navigated choppy waters and helped the Raiders rack up a total of 497 yards of offense. His first-quarter interception was the only turnover the Raiders committed all game, and he led two scoring drives in overtime. Carr has been one of the most impressive quarterbacks in 2021. 

Why the Dolphins lost

With how wild the end of the fourth quarter and overtime were, it almost felt like the Dolphins won this game. Still, Brissett was a nonfactor for the majority of the matchup. He didn't even have 100 passing yards until the fourth quarter. The offensive line struggled and the play calls were questionable at best (more on that later.) The offense deserves credit for showing up when it mattered at the end of the game, but Miami could have won this contest if it put together more than one good drive through the first three quarters. Brissett coming to life at the end of the game could be something to build off of -- which is certainly what Dolphins fans are hoping for since Tagovailoa was placed on IR -- but a loss is a loss. The defense could've been much better, but you can't pin the entire loss on that unit. 

Plays of the game

He may not be the fastest player on the field, but he still outran everyone on this play! Elandon Roberts got the Dolphins going early on with a pick six on the Raiders' second possession of the game. He read Carr's eyes and knew exactly where he was going with it. 

Brissett turned into a magician at the end of the game, and some of that magic carried into overtime. Check out this throw to convert a fourth-and-20 and keep the game alive:

The emergence of Hunter Renfrow

We should be talking about Renfrow more. The former Clemson walk-on caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. He's now been targeted 22 times on the season and has come through for Carr time and time again. He's evolving into one of the best slot receivers in the NFL, and his route-running is a large reason why. Look at what he did against Xavien Howard -- one of the best cornerbacks in the world. 

Puzzling play calling leads to safety

This was one of the most confusing play calls I've ever seen. On your own 1-yard line and you want to throw the ball behind the line of scrimmage? The Dolphins got what they deserved here. This was a pretty important play when you consider how close the game was. 

According to Pro Football Reference, this safety is the first in their play-by-play database on a completed pass with no penalties or fumbles.

What's next

Brissett and the Dolphins return to Miami next week to play host to the 0-3 Indianapolis Colts. As for the Raiders, they take on the rival Los Angeles Chargers next week on "Monday Night Football" at SoFi Stadium. Justin Herbert and Co. are coming off of a huge divisional win over the Kansas City Chiefs. 

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Season Leaders

passing
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T. Tagovailoa 1471 YD, 9 TDS, 6 INTS
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T. Tagovailoa 1471 YD, 9 TDS, 6 INTS
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D. Carr 3414 YD, 17 TDS, 9 INTS
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D. Carr 3414 YD, 17 TDS, 9 INTS
rushing
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M. Gaskin 123 ATT, 433 YD, 1 TD
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M. Gaskin 123 ATT, 433 YD, 1 TD
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J. Jacobs 111 ATT, 420 YD, 6 TDS
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J. Jacobs 111 ATT, 420 YD, 6 TDS
receiving
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J. Waddle 68 REC, 622 YD, 3 TDS
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J. Waddle 68 REC, 622 YD, 3 TDS
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H. Renfrow 64 REC, 658 YD, 4 TDS
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H. Renfrow 64 REC, 658 YD, 4 TDS
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So interesting how the clock becomes a factor here in overtime. You don't see that much. Raiders have to capitalize here. 

September 26, 2021, 11:47 PM
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Bryan Edwards is a rising star. Wow. Kid comes up clutch every time. 

September 26, 2021, 11:42 PM
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You have to give it up to Jacoby Brissett. He didn't have 100 passing yards until the fourth quarter and looked bad for the majority of the afternoon. He flipped a switch late in the fourth quarter though. Led the game-tying drive, scored the final touchdown, converted several third downs in the extra period. Man. 

September 26, 2021, 11:40 PM
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Incredibly clutch kick by Jason Sanders. The Dolphins defense has been great all day. Let's see if they can get the ball back. 

September 26, 2021, 11:39 PM
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I would have thrown the flag on Abram if I'm being honest. You could see the ref thinking about it. Wow. 

September 26, 2021, 11:35 PM
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Jacoby Brissett looks like a magician on some plays and a backup QB on others. It's wild. If he pulls off this win it would be so impressive. 

September 26, 2021, 11:32 PM
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That's the right call, I think it's an incomplete pass. 

September 26, 2021, 11:28 PM
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The Raiders don't have to rush anything here. We don't want another red-zone turnover like we saw in Week 1. 

September 26, 2021, 11:21 PM
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Chaos!

September 26, 2021, 11:12 PM
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This would be a goal-line stand for the ages if Vegas can hold. Going wild cat on first down was interesting. 

September 26, 2021, 11:10 PM
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I'm seeing plenty of holding on the Dolphins offensive line. They have to be careful on this potential game-winning drive. 

September 26, 2021, 11:00 PM
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Credit to the Dolphins' D, they are doing everything they possibly can to win this game. Huge stop. Now let's see what Brissett can do. 

September 26, 2021, 10:58 PM
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That looks like a touchdown to me. I have no idea why they didn't rule it as one since it will be reviewed automatically. 

September 26, 2021, 10:25 PM
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That was a perfect drive for the Raiders to start the second half. Nine plays, 72 yards and six points. For the first time all afternoon, Derek Carr and Co. have the lead -- and I would guess they don't give it up again. 

September 26, 2021, 10:04 PM
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Oh no Ruggs looks like he's hurt. This will be a big loss. He leads the Raiders in receiving with 62 yards. 

September 26, 2021, 9:58 PM
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September 26, 2021, 9:55 PM
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I like the idea of getting the ball into your playmakers' hands early, but that's not the right play call on third and long. It's like the Dolphins just punted on the drive before fourth down. 

September 26, 2021, 9:51 PM
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No good! Off the post! That could come back to haunt Miami. 

September 26, 2021, 9:34 PM
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This might be one of the longest two-minute drills I've ever seen. Brissett has taken some hits too! 

September 26, 2021, 9:32 PM
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Nine plays, 95 yards, seven points. The Raiders need a lot more of that. The offense is finally settled in and it's a two-point game. Let's see what Jacoby Brissett can do in the two-minute drill. A good opportunity for Miami's playmakers to shine here. 

September 26, 2021, 9:21 PM
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It's so interesting to see Peyton Barber be Gruden's bell cow. I would rather feed Drake as my No. 1. 

September 26, 2021, 9:16 PM
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So good to see Ruggs become a legitimate part of this offense. He's talented enough to be a star in this league. On his way. 

September 26, 2021, 9:11 PM
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