The New England Patriots lost to the Las Vegas Raiders yesterday in rather unorthodox fashion.
With the game tied and no time remaining on the clock, Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson interrupted for a run of over 30 yards, but was stopped by defenders.
Once stopped, he fed the ball back to Jakobi Meyers, who threw the ball straight at a Raiders defender, resulting in a touchdown.
After the game, Meyers was asked about the reason for this decision.
An emotional Jakobi Meyers said he was “trying to do too much and trying to be a hero” on the last play. He said that he knew the score was tied and that the play did not require a winger. pic.twitter.com/KiOIjKOqcR
—Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) December 19, 2022
After the game, Meyers realized his mistake and took full responsibility for his actions.
Unfortunately for Meyers, this mistake not only cost the Patriots this game, but it has further implications for the Patriots’ postseason hopes.
What does this mean for patriots?
With their loss to the Raiders, the Patriots fell to 7-7, tying the New York Jets for last place in the AFC East.
This 7-7 record currently has the Patriots out of the playoffs, behind the 8-6 Miami Dolphins and 8-6 Los Angeles Chargers.
The Patriots need to regroup this week and focus on their last three games of the season if they are to have any chance of making the playoffs.
Their next three games are against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills.
The game against the Dolphins may turn out to be the deciding factor, as the Patriots are currently a game behind them in the standings, and a win would go a long way toward saving the Patriots’ season.
Although, you should first have your eyes on this week’s opponent, the Bengals.
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