Nassib played in the Raiders’ thrilling 33-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens – the first game with fans at Allegiant Stadium – and produced a decisive backpack against Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in overtime.
That play saw the Raiders score the winning touchdown as wide receiver Zay Jones caught Derek Carr’s 31-yard pass.
“It was really special. I’m really happy that we got the win the day it made a bit of history, which was really fun to do,” Nassib told reporters.
“A lot of people have come before me to the LGBTQ community who have helped me get to where I am. I’m very grateful for this. I can’t wait to get to Pittsburgh next week and continue this thing.”
Asked about his bag on Jackson, Nassib added, “The ball is everything. Getting turnovers is key to a good defense… I was happy to be able to get the ball out in a really tight situation.”
In a roller-coaster Monday Night Football season opener, the Ravens took an early 14-0 lead, only for the Raiders to get back on track time and time again, tying the game three times at the fourth quarter.
With seven seconds of the fourth quarter remaining, Daniel Carlson posted a career-long 55 yard field goal to tie the game at 27-27.
The Raiders appeared to seal the victory with a capture by Bryan Edwards and dive over the goal line in overtime. It was ruled to be a touchdown on the pitch, sparking some crazy celebrations, but the replay showed Wilson was down before the ball crossed the goal line.
As the Raiders continued to push for the win, a throw from Carr was deflected and intercepted in the end zone by Anthony Averett.
However, the Ravens’ joy was short-lived when Nassib sacked Jackson, forcing a fumble that was picked up by Darius Philon, before Carr found Jones for the winning touchdown much to the delight of home fans.
“It was bananas,” Nassib said of the atmosphere, adding: “We loved the enthusiasm, it was absolutely amazing that the fans were back. It was my first experience with the fans of the Raiders – hands down the best NFL fans I’ve ever seen. “