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Raiders’ Josh Jacobs credits heckler for sending him off on historic day: ‘You turnt me up’

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had a massive day in the team’s stunning victory over the Seattle Seahawks and he thanked a heckler for fueling the record-breaking game.

He told NFL journalist Peter King for his “Football Morning in America” column published Monday that he was getting the business from a Seahawks fan before the game.

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“It all started before the game,” Jacobs said. “This fan, when we came out of the tunnel, held up a sign: ‘3-7. NOT BAD FOR A TEAM WITH NO TALENT.’ And he was screaming at us, all this bad stuff. I just looked up at him and said, ‘Thank you for that. I needed that today. You turnt me up.’”

Jacobs scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on an 86-yard run to propel Las Vegas to a 40-34 victory. He added six catches for 74 yards.

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He set a single-game franchise record of 303 yards from scrimmage. His 86-yard touchdown run in overtime was the second-longest rushing touchdown and fourth-longest overtime scrimmage touchdown since 1974, according to the league. The longer OT plays were a 99-yard touchdown pass for the Philadelphia Eagles from Ron Jaworski to Mike Quick in 1985, a 96-yard touchdown run by Garrison Hearst of the San Francisco 49ers in 1998, and an 87-yard touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Jarius Wright of the Minnesota Vikings in 2014.

Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders celebrates after scoring a touchdown in overtime to beat the Seattle Seahawks 40-34 on Nov. 27, 2022.

“We were running outside zone a lot, and I saw the linebackers pointing outside,” Jacobs told King. “So we ended up running inside zone, and I knew if I got through the line, it was a foot race after that.”

The 303 scrimmage yards were the seventh-most in a game in the Super Bowl era. All of this coming as he was initially listed as questionable with a calf injury.

Josh Jacobs waves after the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 27, 2022.

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“To see him finish like that, I know what he’s been dealing with, I know how hard he works. It was really cool to see that,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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