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

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.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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