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Oakland's Peaks And Valleys Of 2012

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Darren McFadden runs for 113 yards as the Raiders top the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 last season. Photo by Erza Shaw/Getty Images
Darren McFadden runs for 113 yards as the Raiders top the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 last season. Photo by Erza Shaw/Getty Images

It's easy to surmise that the valleys outnumbered the peaks during the Oakland Raiders' 4-12 season in 2012. Here's look at some of the high points and low points for the Silver and Black last year:

After losing their first two games of 2012 to the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins, respectively, the Oakland Raiders faced a tougher opponent in the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Raiders entered the fourth quarter trailing by 10 points before quarterback Carson Palmer led an 11-play, 80 yard touchdown drive to close the lead to three. Oakland then forced a fumble three plays later, leading to a Sebastian Janikowski field goal to tie the game. Janikowski would come through again with the game-winning 43 yard field goal as time expired, giving the Raiders their first and best win of the season. The thrilling 34-31 victory gave Raider Nation unexpected bragging rights over one of the biggest fan bases in the league.