VIDEO: Remembering When Khalil Mack Was Called for Offsides Penalty After Celebrating for Too Long
By Tristan Jung
Khalil Mack's time with the then-Oakland Raiders may have ended ignominiously, but he certainly showed that he was one of the best pass rushers the franchise ever had. That being said, this moment at the end of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 was certainly not his finest hour.
On November 20, 2014, the 0-10 Oakland Raiders hosted the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs. Despite being underdogs, the Raiders had put themselves ahead 24-20 thanks to a Derek Carr touchdown pass to James Jones. That left the Raiders to defend a last-gasp effort from Alex Smith and the Chiefs.
On third-and-7 with about 50 seconds remaining, Khalil Mack and teammate Sio Moore burst through the line and sacked Alex Smith, Moore ultimately getting credit. Mack, then a rookie, was understandably very excited at earning his first regular-season victory. He celebrated with Moore by running about 30 yards downfield with other teammates.
Unfortunately, the game was not yet over, and the Chiefs were still set to run a fourth-down play. Mack and Moore continued to dance and celebrate behind the line of scrimmage as the Chiefs got ready to run a play.
The Raiders players ignored their own bench frantically signaling to get them off the field or to the line, but it was too late. The Chiefs snapped the ball and drew the easiest offsides penalty in NFL history.
Thankfully for the Raiders, upon review, Justin Tuck called a timeout just before the ball was snapped. Mack and Moore were given plenty of grief over the incident, but now it's clearly more humorous than anything else. Mack would record 15 sacks in 2015 and then win Defensive Player of the Year with 11 sacks in 2016, so fans quickly forgave this mistake.
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