The Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans on Sunday with some skill and a controversial penalty that went their way.
The Silver and Black received second life after a defensive holding call gave them an automatic first down following a failed fourth-down pass that essentially ended their comeback attempt.
It was a big break so late in the fourth quarter, which the Raiders used to score a go-ahead touchdown in a 24-21 victory at Nissan Stadium.
The Raiders were happy with a flag that penalized B.W. Webb for holding Amari Cooper down the right flank when the ball was thrown left.
The Titans, as you’d expect, were furious. They thought they’d won the game, and disagreed with the call made on the field.
Tennessee interim head coach Mike Mularkey said in his Monday press conference that he contacted the NFL to voice displeasure with the flag.
According to Titans beat reporters attending his press conference, Mularkey relayed that NFL told him it was “a poorly officiated play.”
The NFL said Monday afternoon that it doesn't comment on discussions between member clubs the league's officiating department.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said after Sunday’s game that he thought Cooper was held while making a double move trying to get open downfield. During his Monday press conference, Del Rio didn't fuel the controversy any further.
Del Rio said the Raiders, like all other teams, receive feedback about how a game was officiated and what could've been called better. Del Rio uses those discussions as teaching moments for his players and coaches.
"We get feedback and that's typically stuff that we try to keep in-house out of respect for those guys and the job they do," Del Rio said. "There are a lot of opportunities in the game for different call to go different ways. I'm just not going to get into that."
Here are some tweets from ESPN.com Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky, who was at the Titans press conference:
Mularkey: Vented frustration to NFL over call & lack of other calls. NFL said it was a poorly officiated play should have never even started— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) November 30, 2015
NFL told Mike Mularkey key fourth-down vs. Raiders was "a poorly officiated play." Advised him to refer press... https://t.co/97Tb5tgBTo— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) November 30, 2015