- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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OAKLAND -- Matt McGloin was not necessarily the story of the game Sunday. Not when the Oakland Raiders lost to the Tennessee Titans, 23-19, after Sebastian Janikowski missed two field goals and the defense could not hold onto a lead with more than six minutes to play.
But McGloin is the story going forward as Raiders coach Dennis Allen said McGloin would get his third consecutive start on Thursday in Dallas.
“Yeah, I thought Matt played well,” Allen said. “And for him to lead us back when we needed a touchdown, he got us the touchdown we needed to give us the lead. We just couldn’t hold it defensively.”
McGloin finished with 260 yards on 19 of 32 attempts. He had a costly interception deep in Raiders’ territory that resulted in a Titans field goal, but his woulda-coulda-shoulda game-winning drive seemingly solidified his standing. All with Terrelle Pryor active and watching from the sidelines as McGloin's backup.
It was a 75-yard drive in five plays that culminated with McGloin standing in the pocket just long enough to take a ferocious hit while delivering a perfectly placed ball to Marcel Reece down the left sideline for a go-ahead 27-yard touchdown pass. The Raiders led, 19-16, with 6:10 to play.
“Just couldn’t get things going early on, you’re going to have days like that, unfortunately that was one of those days today,” McGloin said. “But I thought we did a good job of adjusting at halftime. and it was great to see that we were able to make those changes and continue to get better and figure things out and work things out.”
Adjustments? Indeed, after having four passes batted at the line in the first half, McGloin, who is listed at 6-feet-1, did not have a single pass batted down after halftime.
And he was not set up nicely with two possessions starting at the opponents’ 16-yard line like he was last week in Houston.
Still, he battled back.
“Passes get knocked down,” McGloin said. “It happens to everybody. They did a good job of kind of not rushing at certain points and kind of reading the quarterback, where his eyes were going and things like that, and jumping at the right time.
“They made a lot of good plays, so give them credit. I don’t think I had any passes batted down last week. It’s just one of those days, it happens.”