Five turnovers, including an interception with 57 seconds remaining to set up a go-ahead field goal, doomed the Oakland Raiders in a 19-10 Christmas loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Derek Carr’s second interception, a pass that Ronald Darby intercepted at the Philadelphia 48-yard line, gave the Eagles prime field position, and four short completions by Nick Foles set up Jake Elliott to kick a go-ahead 48-yard field goal with 27 seconds left.
Foles, making his second start in place of the injured Carson Wentz, didn’t have the same success as he did in his prior meeting with the Raiders, a record-tying seven-touchdown performance in 2013. He completed 19 of 38 passes for 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
That interception, Reggie Nelson’s first of the year, is the fifth in the last five weeks for a Raiders defense that went through its first 10 games without picking off a pass.
Despite a solid defensive performance — Philadelphia’s only touchdown coming on its opening drive — the Raiders (6-9) couldn’t get anything going offensively, with the exception of Carr’s 63-yard touchdown to Amari Cooper to tie the game at 7 in the second quarter.
Oakland took a 10-7 lead early in the third quarter after a 34-yard run by Richard set up a 25-yard field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio, but the Raiders would not score again. A particularly sloppy sequence in the third led to Elliott’s game-tying 35-yarder, with four turnovers in three plays. Carr was intercepted by Patrick Robinson, Jay Ajayi fumbled for the Eagles two plays later, but Marshawn Lynch fumbled on the very next play at the Raiders’ 30.
The Raiders squandered a pair of chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, with Tavecchio missing a 48-yarder with 8:03 remaining and Richard fumbling at the Eagles’ 16-yard line a play after his 23-yard reception.
It wasn’t exactly a shimmering performance for the Eagles, either. Elliott missed a 33-yarder to keep the game tied at 7 going into halftime, and Kenjon Barner’s muffed punt pinned Philadelphia (13-2) at its own 12-yard line with 2:19 to go. The Eagles went three-and-out, giving the Raiders the ball at their own 46 with 1:07 remaining, but Carr’s interception on the second play of the drive gave the Eagles a chance to win the game on a silver platter, an opportunity that Philadelphia would not squander on a night full of missed opportunities for both teams and a season of missed opportunities for the Raiders.
The icing on the cake came on the final play of the game, when Jalen Richard fumbled a lateral on a desperation play that Philadelphia’s Derek Barnett returned to the end zone to provide the 19-10 final score. It’s the second time in three weeks the Eagles defense scored a touchdown on the final play of the game to alter betting and fantasy results. The victory guarantees home-field advantage for the Eagles, who struggled offensively in their second game since quarterback Carson Wentz’s season-ending injury, throughout the NFC playoffs.