Patriots’ lateral decision leads to insane loss to Raiders
This was far from the Patriot Way – leading to as stunning a loss as you will ever see in the NFL.
With the game tied and almost surely headed for overtime, New England running back Rhamondre Stevenson decided to play the lateral game on the final play of regulation – usually seen when teams are losing.
It ended with Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones returning a fumble to give the Raiders and improbable 30-26 win at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday. The loss drops the Patriots to 7-7, a game out of an AFC playoff spot.
The play started from the Patriots’ 45-yard line with Mac Jones handing off to Stevenson with three seconds left. He ran for 23 yards and for some reason chose to lateral the ball to Jakobi Meyers. After running back some more, the ensuing lateral was picked off by Chandler Jones. He then stiff-armed Mac Jones, who was trying to make a tackle, to the ground and ran it all the way in for the decisive score.
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