Raiders pass on field goal, fail to pick up fourth down

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Down 10 with under four minutes to go, the Raiders decided against kicking a field goal on a fourth-and-inches from the Washington 17-yard line.

Instead of taking the three points and keeping two timeouts with about 3:30 left to play, the Raiders called a quarterback sneak. Matt Flynn fumbled the snap shortly after touching the football and failed to pick up the first down.

The play gave Washington the ball back and secured a 10-point victory, 24-14, over the Raiders.

Even though it was fourth-and-inches, it's hard to justify passing on three points in a 10-point ballgame. If the Raiders make the field goal then they're down seven with their two timeouts and two-minute warning still available.

Ultimately, the Redskins outplayed the Raiders in most facets of the game. But with an opportunity to gain some momentum and turn the game into a one-possession contest, the Raiders needed to kick a field goal in that situation.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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