The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football in Week 16, 19-10. Here are all the highlights, the recap and the final score.
Though the score might indicate otherwise, this was a very close ball game for the Oakland Raiders versus the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the final minute. It was a struggle to pass the ball on a windy Christmas night. Oakland played great defensively, but the Eagles’ pass rush proved to be too menacing for Derek Carr and company to handle.
Philadelphia defeated the Raiders on Monday Night Football 19-10 to improve to 13-2 on the year and clinch home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. Oakland has now lost three games in a row to fall to a miserable 6-9 on the season.
It was all tied up at 10 heading into the final minute. Carr would get picked off by Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, which ultimately set up a game-winning field goal by placekicker Jake Elliott with 22 seconds left. The Raiders would get the ball back with a chance to send it to overtime.
What happened next was a terrible lateral design where running back Jalen Richard threw the ball backwards and away from Carr. That led to a Derek Barnett scoop-and-score to make it 19-10 Eagles. Philadelphia head coach opted to have quarterback Nick Foles take a knee instead of attempting the extra point just to end the ball game.
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To go from being tied to losing by nine points in 22 seconds was such a 2017 Raiders move. While we got to see some great play out of this new-look defense of John Pagano, the offense lacked any sort of balance whatsoever. Though passing the football was close to impossible for both teams, Foles played with confidence while Carr looked disjointed the entire time.
Oakland held the Eagles to 216 total yards and still lost. You can thank turning the football over five times for that. The Raiders had zero interest in holding on to the football this week. Carr had two picks, Richard had two fumbles and Marshawn Lynch had a fumble. It was a tough night for the Raiders offense to say the least, even though Lynch almost had 100 yards on the ground.
Overall, the Raiders gave a better effort than expected against the Eagles. However, the result was the same. The Raiders found a way to lose a winnable game by sloppy execution and an inability to hold on to the football. It’s hard to be a great football team when your team is not about the ball. Oakland just wasted its best defensive performance of the season.
- Chris Long: Long had four quarterback hits, three tackles, two solo and one quarterback sack.
- Malcolm Jenkins: Jenkins had seven tackles, six solo, one for a loss of yardage, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
- Reggie Nelson: Nelson had six tackles, all solo, three passes defended and an interception.
The Raiders will end their season on Sunday afternoon in Week 17. They will face their AFC West rival in the Los Angeles Chargers. Kickoff from the StubHub Center in Carson will be at 1:25 p.m. PT. CBS will have the late afternoon telecast.
While the Raiders did lose in heartbreaking fashion, Raider Nation’s hearts have been broken too many times by this 2017 team all ready. So they are used to it. Though the defense stepped up big time against the best team in football, you could tell that the offensive line missed Donald Penn dearly. Chris Long lived in the Oakland backfield all night. The Raiders’ defense showed up, but the offense was lost at sea in this primetime affair.