Chandler Jones Missed addressing and costing New England Patriots the game. This is the strange irony that got lost in the will It goes down as one of the most memorable soccer games out there in a Las Vegas Raiders History.
We’ll get to the infamy that awaits the Patriots and their broadsides Jacob Myers. But not before getting to know how the play began for Jones and the Raiders, which turns out to be in every part as important as the unimaginable ending. When you undo the highlighting (low light?), you can see that the play should never have happened.
He got the play back before Jones plowed on Patriots quarterback Mack Jones and ran 48 yards for the game-winning touchdown as chaos erupted at Allegiant Stadium. before Myers took the sidelines as a running back Ramonder Stephenson, right down to the first moments of the play. Go to the snap and watch as Stephenson bounces left and crosses the line of scrimmage first.
This is where you’ll see Jones miss a play that should have sent the game into overtime tied at 24-24.
It’s important because it explains how Chandler Jones ended up in that wide abyss of field as Myers inexplicably spun the ball. The reason he’s there: He dove into Stevenson at the line of scrimmage and badly missed a tackle with zero seconds on the clock. Before Jones could get up, however, Patriots guard Mike Unwino put the 350-pound Patriots guard on top of him near the Patriots’ 47-yard line, effectively taking the defensive end out of play.
After an unfathomable nine seconds, the play was back.
Stephenson wiggled all the way down to the Raiders’ 32-yard line and tipped the ball to Myers, who then ran it back 8 yards and entered himself on countless future “worst plays in the NFL” lists. Seeing Mack Jones 15 yards behind him in the middle of the field, Myers tipped the ball upfield. Chandler Jones was standing in the middle, almost at the exact spot where he got it wrong.
“We were in a desperate situation,” Chandler Jones told reporters afterward. “We knew there was no time left on the clock. I think I kind of saw Jacoby to throw it back in. I was just trying to look for the nearest guy and Mack Jones was right there. I just kind of went up there and got him and broke the tackle and scored.”
And that was a game. 30-24 win with no time left on the clock that left Raiders fans going crazy and Patriots marching from the field.
As Jones said, “The rest is history.”
It was a simplistic interpretation of a play that turned out to be far more complex than intended. Had he gone according to the intent of the play, Jones would have tackled Stevenson at the line of scrimmage and everyone would have gone into overtime. Instead, Jones missed the tackle and the Patriots responded by going off the rails.
“I think the coaches gave us play just to take a long time, just get off,” Stevenson told reporters. “There were only a few seconds left on the clock. I felt like I should have just done it and I just went down. The play started with me with the ball so if I hadn’t kicked it back Jacoby wouldn’t have had a chance to do it.
“I take full responsibility for the play, and I just got to know the situation. I got to know what was going on in the game.”
Myers was equally remorseful, saying afterwards that it was a case of “trying to do too much, trying to be a hero, I guess”.
“I was doing a lot,” Myers said. “I should have been knocked down by the ball.”
Myers and Stevenson were admirably standing tall answering questions and taking the loss on their shoulders. History will be cruel, and the play is remembered as one of the worst decision-making moments in the NFL. Somewhere in the mix of amazing moments like Chuck Pagano’s Trick play early in the 2015 season (arguably the single worst formation in league history); Dallas Cowboys Defensive tackle Leon Lett They are tracked down and stripped for the ball while boating in Super Bowl XXVII; the Mark Sanchez “Bumble” while playing for New York Jets on Thanksgiving in 2012; Minnesota Vikings Defensive end Jim Marshall Works the wrong way 66 yards in his own end zone in 1964; And much more.
Some of them were big moments with huge consequences. Others were less expensive in the grand scheme of things, but amazing nonetheless. They have all withstood the test of time and have been granted immortality within the cobblestone rankings of NFL failures. This is what awaits Myers and Sunday’s mistake.
As Chandler Jones said, the rest is history. It is not likely to be forgotten anytime soon.