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Gardner Minshew Describes Oakland Coliseum Crowd: Never Seen More Middle Fingers

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 16, 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew throws the ball as Oakland Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell looks on during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
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Gardner Minshew II led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 20-16 win over the Oakland Raiders in the last ever game at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday, but the rookie sixth-round quarterback also had time to do some birdwatching of sorts:

Ben Murphy @BenMurphyTV

"Saw more middle fingers today than I have in my whole life. They have a good time man, it was fun to ruin that for them" Gardner Minshew with some HEAT after the game #Jaguars https://t.co/QyhwKpRR6x

Fans in Oakland were particularly sour because the Raiders held a 16-3 lead at halftime before Minshew led the Jags offense to 17 unanswered points. The Washington State product further explained how much fun it was to spoil the Raiders' final home game in Oakland before relocating to Las Vegas next year:

Ben Murphy @BenMurphyTV

"These games are like the most fun, they suck for like 90 percent of it. You feel like crap but then you just keep grinding, finding a way" More from Gardner Minshew #Jaguars https://t.co/iLEPf8J4HL

As for being the last QB to beat the Raiders in Oakland, Minshew had another one-liner:

NFL on ESPN @ESPNNFL

"... it's a piece of football history. ... It'll be like an Aflac trivia question in like 20 years." —Gardner Minshew on beating the Raiders in their last home game in Oakland (via @BenMurphyTV) https://t.co/x2pDeh67RU

Raiders fans didn't react to the result nearly as lightheartedly, throwing trash onto the field:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Raiders fans started throwing trash on the field after losing their final home game in Oakland (via @torreyhart) https://t.co/UdTRmMNa6v

Though, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr didn't take the booing personally:

Vic Tafur @VicTafur

Carr said he had told fans he was going to visit Black Hole win or lose, and boos didn’t stop him from going. “What’s new?” he said about the booing.

Vic Tafur @VicTafur

Gruden thanked the fans and city for their support over the years. “Not about the result today, it’s about the results over the years. We’re going to miss them.”

Minshew went 17-of-29 for 201 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as Jacksonville improved to 5-9 and Oakland fell to 6-8.

The Jaguars snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Raiders, who have now dropped four straight and only managed one touchdown on 28 second-half drives over the last five games, per The Athletic's Vic Tafur.

Bigger picture, the Raiders made only two postseason appearances between 2002-03 and this season. They lost Super Bowl XXXVII (January 2003) and then lost in the wild-card round (January 2017).

Las Vegas will hope to see a better product when the Raiders move into Allegiant Stadium next season.

It's a brutal end for the team's run in Oakland. The franchise originally played in the Bay Area from 1960 to 1981 before moving to Los Angeles and returning to Oakland in 1995. The Black Hole can only hope that its team will come back for a third time at some point in the future.