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Raiders fall to Colts 21-17 in closer-than-expected battle

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, left, is chased by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS — Terrelle Pryor threw for 217 yards, one touchdown and broke a franchise record Sunday. That wasn't good enough for Oakland's new quarterback.

After watching Andrew Luck scramble 19 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:20 to go, Pryor made two costly mistakes on the Raiders' final series. Oakland wound up losing 21-17 at Indianapolis.

"I'm disappointed in myself. Taking sacks is unacceptable," Pryor said. "This loss is on me. At the end of the day, I threw the ball away. I did awful, I thought. I had two interceptions. We had them on the ropes. We could've won the game."

Pryor and the Raiders played better than most people expected. They came into opening day with nine new defensive starters, a patchwork offensive line and no announced starting quarterback.

Yet, somehow, Oakland nearly made it work.


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