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Pro Football Week 11 | OAKLAND 20, SEATTLE 17

Raider Gets Best of Stress

November 16, 1998|From Associated Press

OAKLAND — Even after Oakland Raider kicker Greg Davis made a tie-breaking 38-yard field goal with 21 seconds left against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, he still felt the pressure.

As Davis walked off the field after the Raiders' 20-17 victory, cornerback James Trapp told him: "You know, I wouldn't want to be you."

That comment hit home for Davis. "And I didn't want to be me," he said. "It's the toughest thing in the world."

Just before the end of the first half, Davis missed a 30-yard attempt, but redeemed himself early in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard field goal. Then he was faced with the tie-breaking field goal attempt, and the pressure kicked in.

"Realistically, you miss that kick and you don't have a job Monday," he said. "People don't understand that. Your job depends on it."

Harvey Williams--playing late in the game at tailback because starter Napoleon Kaufman was hobbled by a sore ankle--had a 25-yard touchdown run that gave the Raiders (7-3) a 17-10 lead with 3:50 to go.

But the Seahawks (5-5) went 65 yards on the next series, tying the game on Warren Moon's 12-yard touchdown pass to Christian Fauria. A two-yard run by Ricky Watters on fourth down kept that drive alive.

The Raiders had tied the game at 10-10 with 8:17 left on Davis' first field goal. Desmond Howard scored their other touchdown on a 63-yard punt return just before halftime.

Todd Peterson had a 22-yard field goal and Joey Galloway scored a touchdown on a 56-yard punt return for Seattle.

Oakland quarterback Donald Hollas was 20 of 31 passing for 266 yards with two interceptions. Moon was 17 for 33 for 220 yards with three interceptions--including one by Charles Woodson on the final play of the game.

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