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LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden acknowledged that memories of scoring too soon against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 22 and visions of Patrick Mahomes leading a last-minute, game-winning drive at Allegiant Stadium might have affected his playcalling at the end of Saturday night’s last-second, 26-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Rather than take a touchdown the Dolphins appeared willing to surrender late in the game, the Raiders chose to milk the clock and have running back Josh Jacobs go down at the 1-yard line on purpose, before quarterback Derek Carr took a knee on third down. They settled for a 19-yard field goal to give Las Vegas a short-lived, two-point lead.
“The play was to eliminate all the clock and all the timeouts and put them back with their back against the wall with 19 seconds left,” Gruden said. “I don’t regret it. I didn’t want [Dolphins quarterback Ryan] Fitzpatrick to have the ball. … I didn’t want him to be in a four-down situation. He’s a gunslinger; he was hot. That’s all I can say. I don’t regret it one bit. I just regret the results.