Raiders: Derek Carr booed off the field in disastrous Oakland goodbye

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The Oakland Raiders’ final home game in the Coliseum came to a disastrous conclusion as the team blew a 13-point lead while quarterback Derek Carr was booed off the field.

The Oakland Raiders entered Sunday’s game with a heavy heart.

It was supposed to be an emotional farewell to the devoted fanbase that had stuck with this team for decades. It was supposed to be a storybook ending filled with tears and cheers from the home faithful.

But those tears and cheers were nowhere to be found at the end of the game. Instead, boos and jeers rained down from the Oakland home crowd as the Raiders walked off the field with their heads towards the turf.

The Raiders had blown a 13-point lead and allowed 17 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes. The fans in attendance were left with one final heartbreaking dagger and they made sure to voice their displeasure to the Raiders players.

And no player felt more of the criticism than quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr was booed off the field even as he attempted to say one final goodbye to the Raiders fans in the crowd. They didn’t care. This wasn’t the outcome that the fans wanted — not after the Raiders went into halftime with a 16-3 lead.

But the Raiders offense stalled in the second half and their inability to finish drives with touchdowns in the first half came back to bite them.

Jacksonville mustered one final scoring drive — aided by missed tackles and costly penalties — as Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars were able to score in the closing seconds of the game to secure the victory.

It was a gut punch to the fans in attendance who were expecting a celebration of a storied franchise and instead received one final reminder of the organization’s failures.

And with that, the Raiders tenure in Oakland has come to a close. The focus now shifts to the final two games of the season, but in reality, the focus shifts to the offseason.

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A new era is upon the Raiders franchise, and it seems less and less likely that that era will be captained by Carr. Perhaps he shouldn’t shoulder the brunt of the blame for Sunday’s loss.

After all, the defense folded in crunch time, Daniel Carlson couldn’t come through, and numerous awful penalties killed the team’s chances of winning. Not to mention head coach Jon Gruden’s conservative play-calling in the fourth quarter.

But this seems to have become a troubling trend with Carr. Excuses can be made forever, but something obviously needs to change.

And that change may just come at the quarterback position. Whether that’s justified or not doesn’t really matter — it’s just the reality we’re living in.

The Raiders final game in Oakland wasn’t supposed to end like this. Derek Carr’s time in the Bay Area wasn’t supposed to end like this.

But here we are.

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Life isn’t fair and neither is football. Raiders fans have learned that lesson tenfold over the years and Derek Carr may just be the next victim.

No matter how amazing he has been to the Bay Area faithful over the years, no matter his love and appreciation for Raider Nation, no matter how much love he showed the fanbase, nothing could stop the boos from pouring down as he walked off the field in Oakland for the final time.

The Raiders will do their best to put this, to put everything, behind them. After all, a new era is set to begin next season.

But instead of cruising into the future with a celebration of the past, they left behind one final moment of anguish for their devoted fanbase.

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The Black Hole deserved better. The city of Oakland deserved better. Raiders fans deserved better.