In one of the most surprising finishes you’ll ever see in an NFL game, the Las Vegas Raiders beat the New England Patriots 30-24 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
With only 3 seconds left, the game was tied at 24-24. Running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who up until that point had enjoyed a monster game — made another big gain when he ran into Raiders territory.
The clock is down to zero – meaning if Stevenson has to fight, it’s game over and it goes to overtime.
Hoping to clinch the win at the death and avoid an extra 10 minutes of play, Stevenson decided to throw the ball back to teammate Jacoby Meyer.
Meyers grabbed the sideline and threw to a teammate to try to keep the game going.
But when he tried to throw it to quarterback Mack Jones, the ball was played by Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones for the Patriots.
Jones tackled the Patriots’ quarterback and ran 48 yards for a touchdown, giving the Flyers their most impressive win yet.
Meyers admitted that he had to hold onto the ball and force the game into overtime.
“I didn’t see Chandler Jones at the time,” Meyers told MassLive’s Mark Daniels. In the NFL.
I thought he was open, I tried to get close to him and let him play with his game, but the score was tied so I had to go down now.
The Patriots fourth quarterback Jones regretted not finding his place rival.
“I have to fight the man [Chandler Jones]Jones said In the NFL. “It’s on me, and it’s my fault. … I’ve got to fight the guy, and we’re going to play overtime.
Raiders head coach John McDaniel — a former Patriots offensive coordinator — was also surprised by how the game ended.
“Once Raminder (Stevenson) laid the ball down for Jacoby (Meyers), I figured who was going to face him, and that would be it and we’d go to overtime,” McDaniels said. In the NFL.
“When he turned the ball over… it didn’t look like an onside play to me when they got the ball out the back.
“When they gave it back, I thought, ‘Ol, fight him, go to overtime.’ And then when I see the ball in the air and Chandler (Jones) underneath it, I think, ‘Oh my God, we might have a chance at this.’
“And when he catches it, I see Mack (Jones) go back there and hopefully Mack will avoid any effort to tackle him, hopefully he’ll have enough juice in his body to get to the end zone.”
The thrilling finish came after a thrilling game in which the Patriots scored 21-straight second-half points to trail the Raiders 17-3 at halftime.
With the Patriots slipping to 7-7 and the final few weeks remaining, the Raiders’ record improved to 6-8 to keep their postseason goals in balance.