10 plays that shaped Raiders' season: No. 8

February, 3, 2014
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- We continue our chronological journey through the Plays That Defined The Oakland Raiders' season and we go to Game 10 for Play No. 8, and what appeared to be a promising new start for the Raiders.

Nov. 17, at Houston Texans, Matt McGloin throws a touchdown on his first pass attempt as the Raiders' starting quarterback.

McGloin began his professional career as a mere training camp arm, the Raiders' fourth-string quarterback. The undrafted rookie from Penn State overtook fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson in camp and moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart after Matt Flynn flamed out in his one start.

Then, after Terrelle Pryor sprained the MCL in his right knee at the New York Giants, McGloin became the starter and would make his debut as such against the Texans.

The Raiders defense set him up nicely as a Phillip Adams fumble recovery and return set Oakland up at the Houston 16-yard line. Five straight run plays had the Raiders facing a 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line.

Taking the snap out of the shotgun formation, and with three receivers lined up on the right side, McGloin took a few more steps back before setting and firing to Denarius Moore. Lined up on the far right, Moore ran a pseudo slant route and caught the ball at about the 2-yard line in stride and scored unimpeded.

The accuracy and speed on McGloin's pass was eye-opening and when he hit Rod Streater with another bullet two series later, this TD was from 16 yards out, the Raiders had a 14-0 lead and McGloin was on fire (thanks, in part, to the defense setting him up twice at the Texans' 16-yard line).

Because even after the Raiders fell behind 17-14, McGloin responded again, this time with a 26-yard TD strike to Mychal Rivera.

The Raiders had to hold on for the 28-23 victory -- the Texans were at the Raiders' 2-yard line with less than 90 seconds to play -- and McGloin finished the day with a passer rating of 105.9 after completing 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and those three TDs without an interception.

McGloin, who would keep the starting gig until the season finale, would cool off significantly, thoough. As would the Raiders, who would not win another game all season.

Check back Tuesday for Play No. 9.

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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