Final play -- Raiders had 10 on field

October 11, 2011, 11:40 pm
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There are preciously few moments in sports where the goose bumps rise on your forearms and the hair stands up on the back of your neck and you wonder out loud if a higher power, for lack of a better term, was truly at work.Thanks to a Tweet from @preston_Jones on Twitter, I took a look at the NFL Network's "Anatomy of a Play" segment on the league's Web Site and, yes, it appears as though the Raiders only had 10 players on the field for the game's final play on Sunday in Houston.When the Houston Texans needed a touchdown from five yards out and six seconds left on the game clock and the Raiders clinging to a 25-20 lead.When a glimpse of daylight opened in front of quarterback Matt Schaub for a split second. When Schaub pump-faked, rolled out to his left and threw to Jacoby Jones.When Michael Huff jumped Jones' route and hauled in the interception to seal the victory for the Raiders, and unleash a torrent of emotions and tears on the sidelines and in the locker room.
A day after Al Davis died.The Raiders had only 10 players on the field -- I counted Desmond Bryant, John Henderson, Tommy Kelly, Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain, Mike Mitchell, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Huff, Tyvon Branch and Stanford Routt -- and still, they were able to stop the Texans, who have 11 players easily identifiable on the screen.Who was the Raiders' 11th man, since they were in man-to-man coverage? Draw your own conclusions.You've heard of "Divine Intervention?" I saw a Tweet in the immediate aftermath that called Huff's pick a "Divine Interception."Now, this is not to insinuate that Oakland deserved to win that game in that fashion, or even had any otherworldly help.But after the game, a Texans employee, with a knowing smile on their face, told me, "I hate to say it, but that was the ending that needed to happen."Are the goosebumps popping up on your arms yet?

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