Fourth Quarter (Weeks 14-17)
With playoff aspirations within reach, the Raiders managed to go 0-for in the final quarter of their season. While two of their losses weren’t embarrassing, the two worst came to division rivals. Ending the season on a four-game slide was enough for owner Mark Davis to fire Jack Del Rio after Oakland’s lackluster performance in Week 17 versus the Chargers.
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Week 14 was so embarrassing. It might have been the worst game Oakland played all year. Kansas City was dead in the water at that point in the year. Nevertheless, the Chiefs ran the ball down the Raiders’ throats with Kareem Hunt. Kansas City dominated the first three quarters and would win, 26-15.
Week 15 saw a game marred by controversy for the Raiders. This was the folded piece of paper game versus the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott would convert on a fourth-down run by virtue of referee Gene Staratore’s use of folded stationary. Derek Carr would fumble the ball out of the end zone in pursuit of the game-winning touchdown. Oakland would fall 20-17 on Sunday Night Football.
At 6-8, Oakland was technically still alive in the AFC playoff picture heading into Week 16. However, the Raiders would be eliminated from contention before their Christmas night game on Monday Night Football. It was a freezing night in Philadelphia, but the Eagles would prevail. Chris Long was all over Carr in the game. Nick Foles played like garbage for the Eagles, but five Raiders turnovers sank the Silver and Black, 19-10.
With nothing left to play for than pride, Oakland gave about a two-quarter effort in their season finale against the rival Chargers. Oakland actually lead 10-7 at one point. Then the secondary collapsed most catastrophically, while Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense connected deep ball after deep ball. Los Angeles would win 30-10, but missed out on the playoffs by the virtue of tie-breaking procedures.