On Monday night, the Oakland Raiders may have played their final game at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. They went out in winning fashion over the division-rival Denver Broncos by the score of 27-14, thanks to a little bit of Christmas Eve magic.
Raiders return specialist Dwayne Harris got the night started in a miraculous way with a 99-yard punt return for a touchdown, and it's something he has been thinking about for at least three weeks now.
The improbable play occurred early in the first quarter as the Broncos' special teams unit went to down a punt at the Raiders' one-yard line.
In Harris' words, "A lot of people just don't know that rule. A lot of people see me every time go and get the ball if they touch it. They're like, 'Why are you trying to get the ball?' Because of that rule... It helps to know the rules."
Didn't use this quote on Dec. 3 when Raiders WR Dwayne Harris said it. Will now. He scored a 99-yard punt return for TD tonight because he knew the NFL's rule book. "It helps to know the rules." pic.twitter.com/UOCbmTH5g0— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 25, 2018
The Raiders certainly could've used more of this intuition throughout the season. Head coach Jon Gruden rubbed people in Oakland the wrong way upon his arrival, but it looks like the guys that stuck around have finally bought in -- albeit, way too late in the season.
Much to the dismay of Raiders' fans looking for the No. 1 pick, it looks like the Arizona Cardinals will have that honor now.
The Black Hole faithful, however, did get to see a victory in what is likely their final game in Oakland. All they can do now is dream about their boatload of future draft picks and life in Las Vegas for the 2020 season.
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