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August 25, 2012
Upon further review, Raiders' first-team offense scores first TD

The Raiders first-team offense scored its first touchdown of the preseason in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions, though it required an official review that overturned the on-field call on a fourth-down run by Darren McFadden.

Officials first ruled that McFadden was stopped for no gain on 4th-and-goal from the Lions' 1-yard line. McFadden appeared to bounce off guard Mike Brisiel and reach the ball over the goal line on a second effort. After reviewing the play, officials ruled the ball had crossed the goal line. It finished off a 12-play, 86-yard drive for the Raiders that ate up 6:35.

Before the reversal, it looked like the Raiders had again failed to punch it in with a 1st-and-goal from the 1 (the same thing happened last week at Arizona). McFadden was stopped for a loss of one on first down, quarterback Carson Palmer rushed for no gain on second down, and McFadden picked up a yard on the ground on third down.

The Raiders lead Detroit at halftime, 10-6. Backup kicker Eddy Carmona hit a 56-yard field goal as time expired in the half. Sebastian Janikowski exited the game with a groin injury after appearing to come up limping on a 79-yard kickoff return by the Lions' Justin Miller. Janikowski, who missed a 30-yard field goal earlier in the game, was announced as questionable to return.

-- Matt Kawahara

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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