Vegas’ defense fails at containing Miami, out of playoff race
The combination of a 41-yard completion mixed with a roughing the passer penalty resulted in the Las Vegas Raiders’ playoff hopes going down the drain.
Miami beat Vegas, 26-25, Saturday, Dec. 26 at Allegiant Stadium to remain in the chase for a wild card spot.
The loss drops the Raiders to 2-6 in home games this year from their newly built home venue.
With the loss, Vegas are officially out of the playoff chase for one of the final remaining Wild Card spots.
The Raiders are now 7-8 this season with a season finale road game against the Denver Broncos set for Sunday, Jan. 3.
Miami lives to fight into Week 17 where they will be met by the AFC East champion, Buffalo Bills.
Quarterback Derek Carr got the start a little more than a week after injuring his groin against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Carr went 21-for-34, passing for 336 yards with a touchdown through the air and one on the ground.
It was the seventh time this season, he went without an interception while throwing at least one touchdown.
Tight end Darren Waller set the franchise record for receptions by a tight end after posting five receptions for 112 yards.
He now has 98 receptions on the season, seven away from breaking the franchise record set by Tim Brown in 1997.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor hauled in five catches for 155 yards with a touchdown, continuing to add to his career-year with the Raiders.
It was the third 100-yard game this season for Agholor after having three total in five years in Philadelphia.
He now has 839 yards and eight touchdowns on the year, both career-highs.
Agholor signed a one-year deal with Vegas in the offseason after spending his first five seasons in Philadelphia.
In its second showing under interim defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, the Raiders’ defense held rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa under check for the majority of the game.
Tagovailoa went an efficient 17-for-22 but only had 94 yards through the air with a touchdown.
The Dolphins were playing without wide receiver Davante Parker.
Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game with 9:47 left in regulation, down 16-13.
Fitzpatrick went 9-for-13, throwing for 182 yards and a touchdown, leading scoring drives the three times he touched the ball.
This includes a 59-yard touchdown pass to Myles Gaskin, giving Miami its first lead of the game.
After the Raiders took a 25-23 lead with under 25 seconds left in the game, Fitzpatrick completed a 41-yard pass to wide receiver Mack Hollins despite suffering a roughing the passer penalty.
The Dolphins knocked home the game-winning field goal with a second left.
Both teams went 1-for-4 in the red zone.
Miami was 5-for-15 in third down situations but held Vegas to 0-of-10.