While the Las Vegas Raiders playoff hopes were slim heading into Week 17 as they needed to win out to finish the season and get some help, the Raiders were officially eliminated from the postseason with the 23-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Las Vegas had opportunities to take control of the contest, but the team’s offense simply wasn’t good enough to get the job done. They started the game with a 12-play field goal drive, but that would account for all of their first-half points as the Silver and Black punted on their next four possessions and trailed 14-3 heading into the locker room.
The second half was better as the Raiders scored three out of the four times they had the ball, but the defense couldn’t quite hold up their end of the bargain as the Colts put together field goal drives on every possession except for the end of the game kneel down.
Complimentary football was nowhere to be found for Las Vegas and self-inflicted wounds were the reason the Silver and Black came up short, interim head coach Antonio Pierce said via The Athletic’s Vic Tafur.
Below is a round-up of a few highlights from the Raiders’ post-game press conferences and posts/tweets on X, the site formerly known as Twitter.
Pierce blamed pre-snap focus and said this was first time on his watch that Raiders beat themselves pic.twitter.com/GdX3vVccSN— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 31, 2023
O’Connell shared a similar statement as Pierce.
O’Connell disappointed in slow start pic.twitter.com/JMIBeXLV4u— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 31, 2023
One call/play that was controversial and ended up being a major difference in the game was a defensive offsides penalty called on cornerback Jack Jones during a Colts’ field goal attempt. Indianapolis’ kicker missed the attempt but the flag gave him another shot and the Raiders ended up losing by three. From the looks of it, Jones timed up the snap perfectly and made his feelings known after the game.
Mark Davis has met with Pierce, and Josh McDaniels, after games for an extended meeting several times this year and it happened again on Sunday...
They may be going over each play of the game … https://t.co/a74WZWr8Qd— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 31, 2023
Rinse and repeat for Raider Nation.
Another losing season ✔️— Murf ☠️ (@_Murf) December 31, 2023
Another questionable coaching situation ✔️
Another letdown on the road after getting hopes up ✔️
Oh yeah, and we need a QB too. ♂️ ☠️
Go Raiders. #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/3RrceWHAIr
Welp, another Raiders season in the books, Raider Nation. pic.twitter.com/16SbFCu64L— RaiderRamble.com™ (@TheRaiderRamble) December 31, 2023
In the first half, interim offensive coordinator Bo Hardgree decided to run a trick play on third and about half a yard. It didn’t work, Jermaine Eluemunor jumped offsides on the fourth-down attempt and they ended up punting.
The World: Raiders need to run it on 3rd and 1!— RaiderRamble.com™ (@TheRaiderRamble) December 31, 2023
Bo Hardegree: pic.twitter.com/PmPYe27kVG
Does Mark Davis go after his Great White Buffalo, Jim Harbaugh, in the offseason?
How the #Raiders looked locked in one week to discombobulated in the next, it's easy find truths in Ian Rapoport's report that Mark Davis like Jim Harbaugh.— Ray Leonard Aspuria (@AsukalAspuria) December 31, 2023
I think Antonio Pierce deserves the gig.
But it'll be Davis' choice -- an important one at that. #RaiderNation
Will Ferrell is all of us.
Before Sunday’s afternoon and night games are completed, the Raiders hold the 11th pick of the draft. How do you think they’ll approach the quarterback situation as we shift the focus to the offseason?