Quarterback Derek Carr talked about that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is “maybe the correct he’s performed in” after main the Oakland Raiders to a thrilling soak up the venue’s first NFL game.
The Raiders led 17-zero at half of-time earlier than the Chicago Bears fought support with 21 unanswered functions.
Nevertheless a landing with under two minutes left observed Oakland take 24-21 in entrance of the enviornment’s new file crowd of 60,463.
“The whole lot about it’s top quality, the detail’s in every room,” talked about Carr.
“Right here is one in all the correct stadiums I’ve ever performed in in my existence – if now not the correct.”
Sunday’s game was as soon as over four years within the making, with the NFL asserting in July 2015 that they’d stage at the very least two games a season at Tottenham’s new dual-purpose stadium over 10 years.
The predominant NFL game to occur at the sixty two,062-seater enviornment was as soon as scheduled for 2018 nonetheless it was as soon as place support on legend of of delays within the completion of the £1bn venue, which within the ruin opened this April.
Top five days after playing in Spurs’ Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, England striker Harry Kane was as soon as now not perfect in attendance however took to the arena to oversee the pre-game coin toss.
“I’m a soccer fan and it be cool to me that I got to talk to Harry Kane earlier than the game,” Carr added. “I suggested him I’m a immense fan and he talked about the identical, and I’m fancy, ‘How end you even know who we are?’ I suggested him, ‘I play as you on Fifa’.”
Nevertheless it indubitably was as soon as now not the identical turf Kane seemed on in midweek. The stadium had since been remodeled, with the grass soccer pitch retracted under the south stand on mountainous trays to level to an NFL-ready surface below.
England cricketer Jonny Bairstow was as soon as furthermore amongst the file attendance, which observed a scoreless first quarter earlier than Josh Jacobs and DeAndre Washington ran in touchdowns in opposition to the Bears’ vaunted defence, with Daniel Carson adding a arena purpose.
Yet the game grew to turn into at the delivery of the zero.33 quarter as a slipshod toss from Carr overlooked Jacobs within the backfield and ex-Raider Khalil Mack pounced on the unfastened ball earlier than David Sir Bernard Law ran in a landing.
That brought the largely Bears-supporting crowd to existence and within 12 minutes Chicago were in entrance for the first time, Allen Robinson catching for two touchdowns.
Nevertheless in a nerve-racking finale, the frilly of which has now not been viewed in contemporary London games, the Raiders claimed a game-winning landing after Carr orchestrated a wonderful Ninety seven-yard force.
One of many thirteen plays was as soon as a pretend punt on fourth the total type down to support the force alive, earlier than Foster Moreau made two catches to scheme up the scheme for Jacobs to jump into the end zone from two yards.