Legendary football coach Bill Belichick has built a Hall of Fame resume based on his history and long career wins and championships. What he witnessed in Sunday’s loss in Las Vegas was nothing short of strange. It was incredible and unbelievable.
Of course, some may say. But not Belichick.
“It was a mistake,” Belichick said in his postgame press conference following New England’s 30-24 loss in Las Vegas on the final play of the game.
To set it up, here’s what happened.
The game was tied 24-24 after the Las Vegas Raiders punted and kicked the extra point with 32 seconds left in regulation. The Patriots had the ball at their own 45-yard line with three seconds left on the final play. Instead of kneeling on the ball and opting for overtime, the Patriots ran a tie game.
Patriots quarterback Mack Jones took the snap out of a shotgun snap and handed the ball off to running back Ramondre Stevenson, who ran about 23 yards down the field before flipping it to Jacoby Meyers.
Meyers dropped back and ran to the other end zone before taking a long, backward pass to Jones. The pass was intercepted by Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones, who caught it cleanly and rumbled harmlessly 48 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
“What a wild finish,” shouted the Fox host. “Chandler Jones, the former New England Patriot, on the sideline, comes out with it and goes the distance at the horn in one of the wildest finishes ever heard.”
The color commentator had one word to describe what just happened.
Meyers said he was just trying to play for his team.
“Just trying to do a lot, trying to be a hero, I guess,” Meyers said after the game. “I thought I saw the Mac open, I didn’t see Chandler Jones then, I thought [Mac] was open and trying to get it to him and let him try to play with it. But the score was tied, so I had to go down.”
Famed sports commentator Jim Rome said he can’t stop watching the replay and said it gets funnier every time he sees it.
“I can’t stop watching and re-watching the last Patriots-Raiders game. I can’t stop laughing. The more you watch it, the funnier it gets,” Rome tweeted.
Here are some more hilarious tweets and comments fueling the Patriots after the last-second losing gaffe.