The Oakland Raiders showed tremendous moxie going for a two-point conversion in a one-point game against the New Orleans Saints on the road.
Derek Carr threw a fade pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree to successfully complete the game-winning conversion that shocked the New Orleans crowd.
“I was thinking that we’re here to win; let’s win it right now,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said after the win, according to ESPN.
Carr liked the approach of his coach. When speaking to the media on Wednesday, Carr credited the team’s mentality on the play to one of his favorite basketball players.
“I’m a huge Kobe (Bryant) fan … that’s the Mamba mentality,” Carr explained.
Carr, who grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., and attended Fresno State, certainly got to see a good amount of Los Angeles Lakers games.
Kobe Bryant has missed his fair share of clutch shots, but his willingness to accept the clutch moments is what made him one of the best basketball players of all time. Carr and the Raiders capitalized on their clutch moment in Week 1.
If Carr can be as successful in football as Bryant was in basketball, the Raiders will be doing very well for themselves. Year 2 is off to a good start.