Watch: Derek Carr goes long ball late to Henry Ruggs III for 61-yard score

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We have a good ball game in Pittsburgh. Where the Raiders and Steelers have been trading blows all day. Then early in the fourth quarter, Henry Ruggs got a step on his defender on a post route and Derek Carr aired it out for a majestic 61-yard touchdown.

It’s the biggest connection we’ve seen between Carr and Ruggs since the Raiders made the Alabama speedster the first receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. And it’s exactly the type of play that the Raiders drafted him to make.

The catch put the Raiders up 23-14 over the hometown Steelers who had just a bit earlier had a 52-yard hookup between Ben Roethlisberger and Chase Claypool.

The Ruggs catch was his fifth of the day, putting him at 113 to take the team lead. Meanwhile Derek Carr has been spreading the ball around and that connection put him over 300 yards for the game. Most importantly it gave the Raiders a two-score lead late.