Raiders' comeback stalls after Streater's TD that wasn't

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Raiders' comeback stalls after Streater's TD that wasn't
December 22, 2013, 7:15 pm
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There was a lot of time left then, and I thought that was a big play to not get.
Rod Streater

SAN DIEGO – Rod Streater thought for certain he scored a touchdown. Didn’t matter that his effort was ruled an incomplete pass on the field and after review.

The Raiders’ second-year receiver believed two steps followed by a dive into the end zone were enough to score six against the host San Diego Chargers, despite the fact the ball came out at the end.

All that for an incomplete pass?

“I thought I had a couple feet down and I made a football move into the end zone,” Streater said after Sunday’s 26-13 loss at Qualcomm Stadium. “I thought it was a touchdown, but the referees thought it wasn’t so you have to go with them.”

Head coach Dennis Allen challenged the play and lost, mostly due to this clause of the NFL rule on completed passes:

"Item 1: Player Going to the Ground: If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete."

“I know what the rule is. It looked to me like he made the catch and the ball got pulled out in the end zone,” Allen said. “… I thought he had possession all the way to the ground.”

It was a key opportunity lost in a comeback effort. That non-catch came with the Raiders down 26-13 with 4 minutes, 45 seconds remaining.

“There was a lot of time left then, and I thought that was a big play to not get,” Streater said. “We could’ve got the ball to the defense with all our timeouts and the two-minute warning. I felt like we could’ve gone out there, stopped them and then put another drive together.”

Instead, the Raiders plodded downfield with 12 more plays, while time flew off the clock. They eventually turned it over on downs, when Marcel Reece dropped a sure touchdown pass. That came with 59 seconds remaining and the Raiders would’ve needed a big break to beat the Chargers, even if Reece had made the catch.