Had a few other plays gone the Raiders’ way, Marcus Mariota‘s sensational night back in the spotlight could’ve had a much happier ending.
“To be truthful, it’s been a long journey. I’ve been through kind of everything,” Mariota said of his confidence after his performance. “From injuries to surgeries to mental, kind of just, lapses, the confidence thing. I just truly appreciate the Raiders and the entire organization for kind of helping me through that.”
Having last played in a meaningful game in Week 6 of last season, his last with the Titans, Mariota impressed with a final stat line of 17-of-28 for 226 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
His unexpected return came after Carr suffered a groin injury on third and goal during the Raiders’ second drive of the night. Following a successful field goal attempt, Mariota came on to lead Las Vegas’ first drive of the second quarter.