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NFL Twitter Rips Raiders for Late-Game Collapse in Loss vs. Baker Mayfield, Rams

Erin WalshDecember 9, 2022

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Oakland Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) celebrates a tackle with safety Duron Harmon (30) during the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Rams on December 8, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders fell to the Los Angeles Rams 17-16 on Thursday night at SoFi Stadium thanks to a late fourth-quarter collapse by Josh McDaniels' squad.

A series of defensive penalties and a perfectly-executed drive by Sean McVay's offense in the final moments of the game helped the Rams seal the victory.

A defensive pass interference penalty by Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson followed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by defensive tackle Jerry Tillery helped Baker Mayfield and the Rams move the ball down the field on their game-winning drive.

Mayfield found Van Jefferson for a 23-yard touchdown with just 10 seconds remaining for the comeback victory. The Raiders held a 16-3 lead with under four minutes to go.

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BIG BEN SKOWRONEK<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LVvsLAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LVvsLAR</a> on Prime Video<br>Also available on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/m65o43ZLpv">https://t.co/m65o43ZLpv</a> <a href="https://t.co/0RRRc8cKRa">pic.twitter.com/0RRRc8cKRa</a>

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OMG. TOUCHDOWN RAMS!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LVvsLAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LVvsLAR</a> on Prime Video<br>Also available on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/m65o43ZLpv">https://t.co/m65o43ZLpv</a> <a href="https://t.co/lpAk8bVIJ6">pic.twitter.com/lpAk8bVIJ6</a>

The Las Vegas defense allowed just 282 total yards to the Rams, but they were moreso ripped by NFL Twitter for their late-game collapse:

Mike Cherry @MikeCherryKCRA

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Raiders?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Raiders</a> has to be the first team to lose to a HC who arrives week of the game and then lose to a QB whose been there for 30 hrs…in the same season. Unreal.<br><br>Not a serious franchise. On to the draft <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RaiderNation?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RaiderNation</a> <a href="https://t.co/8A4XUcSKad">pic.twitter.com/8A4XUcSKad</a>

Kurt Schroeder @KurtSchroederTV

How many ways can the Raiders lose this season?

Miles @milesjbuergin

<a href="https://t.co/o2RSpk3aaE">pic.twitter.com/o2RSpk3aaE</a>

Anthony Bruno @AnthonyMBruno

Raiders might as well fold after this loss.

Matt Cannata @CannataPFN

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Raiders?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Raiders</a> have now lost to an interim head coach who had just days to prepare for the game (Colts) and a QB who didn't know the playbook or many of his teammates (Rams).<br><br>That's...not great.

Justin Ferguson @JFergusonAU

there are plenty of bad franchises in sports, but the Raiders might be the one that actively hates their fans

Grant Paulsen @granthpaulsen

What an absolutely awful loss by the Raiders. <br><br>They had so many chances to put the Rams away. They have now lost to a head coach who isn’t actually a coach and a QB in his second day with his new team.

𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐦 @kylegrantham

I seriously can’t get over what an awful franchise the Raiders are<br><br>You’re paying Jon Gruden for another seven years, firing McDaniels would double the figure for three years – and you’d have to hire another coach you’ll need to fire immediately <br><br>Such a waste of talent

José M. Romero @RomeroJoseM

What more can the Raiders do to sabotage their season? Unbelievable L.

Patrick Cunningham @pmc3_83

Raiders fans right now. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TNF?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TNF</a> <a href="https://t.co/YiSyiTEcsM">pic.twitter.com/YiSyiTEcsM</a>

Jonathan Rizk @OfficialRizk

That’s a vintage Raiders L.

Darius Butler @DariusJButler

What a horrible loss by the Raiders. Offense played terrible down the stretch. <br><br>Bonehead Defensive penalty after a sack. WOW

Joe Ali @JoeAli

raiders need to be relegated to the CFL

T.J. Ward @BossWard43

Raiders defense did so many things wrong on that last drive.

The Rams would have been eliminated from playoff contention with a loss, but their playoff hopes are still alive—for now.

With the loss, the Raiders dropped to 5-8 on the season. If they won, they would have been right on the bubble and in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC, but now the team's chances of making the postseason are pretty slim.