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Raiders notebook: Settling for 3 cost valuable points

  • Raiders' Terrelle Pryor tries to escape Giants' Justin Tuck during their game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Terrelle Pryor had done the math and determined the failure of the Raiders to score a touchdown with a first-and-goal situation at the 1 was the difference in a 24-20 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Given the loss of four points when settling for a 24-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski and the four-point margin of defeat, it was tough to argue.

“We got three points and we lost by four,” Pryor said.

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Leading 17-14 at halftime, the Raiders took the second-half kickoff and painstakingly drove from their own 20 to the Giants' 1-yard line on a 5-yard run by Rashad Jennings for a first-and-goal.

Jennings, who finished with 88 yards on 20 carries, was stopped on first down for no gain. Pryor threw incomplete to Denarius Moore in the back of the end zone on second down.

On third-and-1, a false start on tackle Khalif Barnes pushed the ball back to the 6. Pryor threw incomplete to Rod Streater on third down.

The drive contained the only two third-down conversions the Raiders had all day (they were 2 or 12) and consumed 8:04 off the clock.

But instead of being up 24-14, the Raiders led 20-14.

“You want to think you can punch it in,” Jennings said. “We've got a physical group up front. There are no excuses for not being able to get in the end zone, and that's starting with myself just being the running back out there.”

The decision to pass the ball on second-and-goal after Jennings was stopped for no gain was debatable, given the circumstances.

Coach Dennis Allen said the play-action pass to Moore was in hopes the New York defense would “bite up” and that the call on third down was another run — until the false start from Barnes.

“That pushes us back to the 6, and we had to end up throwing the ball,” Allen said.

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