when running back Josh Jacobs broke off his game-winning run, each member of the Las Vegas Raiders must have let out a sigh of relief.

To this point in the season, Las Vegas has played in eight close games. And coming into Sunday’s contest, the Raiders held a 1-6 record in games decided by one possession. But a 40-34 victory over the Seattle Seahawks was validation that the Raiders can, in fact, still win close games. A feat they were great at doing during the 2021 NFL season.

“Our team is learning how to be resilient,” Raiders’ head coach Josh McDaniels said after the game. “We had some highs and lows. We lost the lead and then came back, and then lost the lead again and came back. But I thought they came out with the right mentality. Lo and behold, we just kept playing and it feels good to get this win.”

Raiders find a way to win big 

All season, the Raiders have fought back from early deficits or blown leads that result in games being close in the fourth quarter and overtime.

In many of those instances, Las Vegas has been unable to make the critical play that could have won the game.

That appears to have changed on Sunday.

Behind Jacobs, who ran for 229 yards while collecting two touchdowns, the Raiders’ offense picked up critical yardage in meaningful moments. They were able to overcome quarterback Derek Carr’s early mistakes. And McDaniels finally had his team prioritize the run in crucial situations.

It was a recipe that set Las Vegas up to actually win when the moment to do so arrived.

“It was a great football game,” Carr said. “To see our guys answer back — even when it didn’t go our way — was great.”

One win is an aberration, two back-to-back wins are a trend.

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