OAKLAND – Extra points aren’t supposed to be hard. Even from a greater distance now -- the NFL backed them up a few years back -- they’re still converted roughly 94 percent of the time.
They’re an afterthought for most, an automatic tally while fans are still celebrating a touchdown.
That was the case Sunday afternoon. Oakland Coliseum roared following a Cordarrelle Patterson 47-yard touchdown run that gave the Raiders a fourth quarter lead.
Few were thinking about the next step in this point swing, but it had massive implications in a 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Raiders should’ve gone up by three points. They didn’t. Giorgio Tavecchio missed the PAT, allowing counterpart Nick Novak to win it with a 32-yard field goal.
Long snapper Jon Condo was quick to shoulder blame for this one. The ball sailed high, and Marquette King had to rush the hold. Tavecchio still thought he made it, but the ball sailed wide left.
“I had a bad snap,” Condo said. “Marquette did a good job getting it down and Giorgio did the best he could to get it through. I let the team down. The team practices all week to go out there and do their job. I had my opportunity to go out and do my job, and I didn’t come through."
Tavecchio believes he could’ve done better to get back on track.
“I should’ve shown more poise there,” the kicker said. “I haven’t seen tape of the play but, based on my immediate recollection, I could’ve done better and found a way.”
These types of mistakes happen when a team is struggling mightily. The mistakes always seem costly, and prove too much for a flawed team to overcome.
In this instance, a converted PAT means Novak’s field goal only ties it. Maybe the Raiders have a chance to win it in overtime.
“When the team drops three or four in a row now, it just sucks,” Condo said. “It just seems like when it rains, it pours for us right now. Nothing has gone right for us.”