Team needed to pres­sure Colts

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Josh Dubow

alameda, calif.» Two days after los­ing star quar­ter­back Derek Carr to a bro­ken leg that dealt a se­ri­ous blow to Oakland’s Su­per Bowl hopes, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has no re­grets about the de­ci­sion to pass the ball with a 19point lead in the fourth quar­ter.

Del Rio said Mon­day that the de­ci­sion to stay ag­gres­sive with 11 min­utes left Satur­day and Oakland lead­ing In­di­anapo­lis 33-14 was validated when the Colts ral­lied within eight points be­fore los­ing.

“You won by one score ba­si­cally,” Del Rio said. “An­drew Luck, peo­ple here in the Bay Area have a pretty good un­der­stand­ing of what he’s ca­pa­ble of. I know I do. We felt like you had to keep the pedal down on that op­po­nent and that quar­ter­back and that game. You’re talk­ing about a team fac­ing elim­i­na­tion.”

The de­ci­sion to pass on a sec­ond-and-18 proved harm­ful when usu­ally re­li­able left tackle Don­ald Penn lost his foot­ing and al­lowed his first sack of the sea­son. Trent Cole twisted Carr to the ground and broke his right leg on the sack.

In­stead of look­ing to roll into their first play­off berth since 2002 be­hind Carr, the Raiders (12-3) hand the reins to Matt McGloin. The 2013 un­drafted free agent hasn’t started a game since 2013.

McGloin will get his first test Sun­day in Den­ver when the Raiders can clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye with a vic­tory, or if Kan­sas City loses in San Diego. If Oakland loses the game and the divi­sion, the Raiders will open the post­sea­son on wild-card week­end at AFC South cham­pion Hous­ton.

McGloin has thrown 55 passes since mak­ing six starts late in the 2013 sea­son. He won his de­but start at Hous­ton be­fore los­ing the fi­nal five and re­turn­ing to the role of backup after Carr was drafted the fol­low­ing year

But McGloin did have to de­liver a few key throws to seal the vic­tory over the Colts.

“Really com­pet­i­tive guy. Really at­tacks his prepa­ra­tion. A lit­tle bit fear­less. I think he’s got a lit­tle bit of a chip on his shoul­der, I’d say,” Del Rio said.

Oakland backup quar­ter­back Matt McGloin holds the ball dur­ing the fi­nal mo­ments of the Raiders’ 33-25 win over the In­di­anapo­lis Colts at the Oakland Coli­seum on Satur­day. Brian Bahr, Getty Images

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