Instead of heading to overtime, a giveaway from the New England Patriots allowed Chandler Jones to score a defensive touchdown on the final play of the fourth quarter to give the Las Vegas Raiders a 30-24 win on Sunday. .
After taking a 17-3 lead, the Raiders once again let the opposing team come back in the second half. A 34-yard run from Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth quarter gave the Pats a 24-17 lead.
With less than a minute to go, Derek Carr joined Keelan Cole in the end zone on 30 yards for the tying touchdown. Officials checked to see if the receiver had stepped on the outside when making the catch and the touchdown stood.
New England still had seconds on the clock to try to get into position for a field goal. The Raiders’ defense held back the attack and Stevenson found himself at the heart of a game that was as unlikely as it was spectacular.
The running back was given the ball for a run with three seconds left on the clock. He knew how to knit his way through the Raiders’ defense and he decided to put the ball back to his receiver Jakobi Meyers with a side pass.
The receiver had no place to go and instead of throwing himself to the ground he went for the big shot with a long throwback to Mac Jones, but the ball landed in the hands of defensive player Chandler Jones at the center of the field. The latter avoided the tackle of the quarterback of the Pats to spin for 48 yards and register the winning touchdown.
Meyers faced the music after the game as he met with reporters and discussed the play that caused the Raiders’ turnaround.
“I wanted to do too much and I tried to be the hero. It was not this game that was selected. »
“I didn’t see Chandler Jones, I thought Mac was in the open and I wanted to give him the ball. »
“It doesn’t matter whether Rhamondre has decided to hand the ball to me or not, it’s up to me to play smart afterwards,” he summed up.
This game overshadows the good meeting of Stevenson who in addition to scoring a touchdown amassed 172 yards on the ground.
This loss is costly for the Patriots who are now 7-7. The Raiders now have six wins against eight losses.