Derek Carr’s 2 TD Passes and Khalil Mack’s Clutch Plays

 

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and saw a Serena Altschul segment on photography.  Anthony Mason interviewed Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  I went out to Trader Joe’s before taking the bus out to the BART 12th Street station.  I got to the Coliseum and took my seat early.  It was warm enough that I took my jacket off as I sat in the sun.  From the highlights, it looked like the 49ers weren’t doing too well in Chicago.  We saw a lot of cheerleaders out on the field, although they didn’t have their Christmas outfits on.  Mickey Thomas sang the national anthem.  There was a moment of silence for the victims of the warehouse fire, although many football fans aren’t respectful of these rituals.  There weren’t many Buffalo Bills fans who showed up for this game.  The first quarter featured just an exchange of field goals.  The Bills scored a touchdown in the second quarter, but the Raiders couldn’t quite match them.  The fans were frustrated with dropped passes by Stanley Roberts and Michael Crabtree at times.  With five seconds left, Sebastian Janikowski kicked a field that made the score 10-9 at halftime.  Lincoln Kennedy asked a fan some trivia questions, but the fool took too long to answer and didn’t get the prize. We saw a parachute team drop down from the sky onto the field.  I was amazed that they can be so precise with their timing and the location of their landing.  They had to avoid wires inside the stadium.  The second half started badly for the Raiders, as they gave up two touchdowns.  It took the Bills only two plays with a 54-yard run to score.  The Raiders didn’t seem too alarmed that the score was 24-9, however.  With 5:17 left in the third quarter, Michael Crabtree caught a 3-yard pass for a touchdown, making the score 24-16.  A 35-yard punt with a 17-yard return by Jalen Richard led to Latavius Murray’s one-yard run for a touchdown and a 24-23 score with 0:57 left in the third quarter.  The crowd was yelling out for a two-point try, but apparently Jack Del Rio was confident that the Raiders would score more points.  It didn’t take very long.  Derek Carr threw a pass that ended with Amari Cooper diving into the end zone, with the play going 37 yards for a touchdown.  Marquette King would punt the ball down to the four-yard line, and Khalil Mack deflected a pass, leading to an interception by Nate Allen.  Murray ran three yards for another touchdown, and Stanley Roberts caught a pass for two points and a 38-24 lead.  The crowd chanted for Derek Carr to be voted the league’s MVP.  The Bills moved the ball, but Mack got another sack and strip of the ball to end the opponents’ chances.  I headed for the exit during the two-minute warning.  We were amazed that the Raiders had a 10-2 record.  I was very impressed with Mack coming through with two huge plays.  The Chiefs and the Broncos had won, but the Chargers had lost.  The Raiders will be on Thursday Night Football, although I really hate those games on the weeknights.  It took a while to fight through the crowd and get to the BART platform.  It took me until 5:30 to get home.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played live tracks from Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye.  My favorite song was “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” but I also heard “A Hard Day’s Night.”  I went to Dollar Tree to buy some batteries.  I caught the 60 Minutes segment about the lawyers and the disability access lawsuits.  I watched the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder” with William Shatner.  Some actor who plays a detective on a television show couldn’t hope to deal with Columbo.  I heard that the Panthers had lost to the Seahawks.  Some of the people who died on December 5 include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791), Alexandre Dumas (1870), Claude Monet (1926), Fred Clark (1968), Robert Aldrich (1983), Roone Arledge (2002), Don Meredith (2010), Dave Brubeck (2012), and Nelson Mandela (2013).  Today is a birthday for Margaret Cho (48) and Little Richard (84).

 

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