OAKLAND – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had a near perfect day in a 31-28 loss to the San Diego Chargers, but it seems he’d like to have his final pass back.
The Raiders were on the comeback trail, down three points and roughly 10 yards away from Sebastian Janikowski’s field goal range. That’s when Carr decided to go for the win.
He sent a deep pass toward Brice Butler down the left sideline, only to have it intercepted by rookie cornerback Jason Verrett. That sealed a come-from-behind victory for the Chargers that left the Raiders feeling hollow.
The Raiders worked their way downfield well, and maybe a safer pass was in order on that first-down play. Carr doesn’t see it that way.
“I’d throw that pass 100 times,” Carr said. “I trust Brice completely in those situations.”
Carr explained his thinking after the game, and why he felt it was a good call down the stretch.
“I knew the safety wasn’t going to be in the play, and we had a one-on-one matchup on the outside,” Carr said. “That’s what you want in those situations. Brice went up to get it, and their guy made a great play. Those things are going to happen. It hurts because that’s the way it ended, but those are the matchups you’re looking for.”
Butler had the possession for a moment, but didn’t end up with the football.
“We hit them on some double moves so I think he was waiting for it there,” Butler said. “He collided with me around the 50 yard line and when I saw the ball thrown as a catchable ball, I went up for it. I had it in my left hand, and when we were falling his momentum took the ball away. It was a good play by No. 22.”
While the play went against the Raiders, interim head coach Tony Sparano didn’t have a problem with the decision.
“It was a scenario where the coverage dictated where the ball was going to go, and we took a shot,” Sparano said “The kid made a heck of a play as you all saw. We’re talking about an inch one way or the other, and that one went against us. That’s the nature of our game.”