The Raiders went into Sunday’s game against the Green Packers knowing they needed to sweep their final three games to finish with a winning record and a possible trip to the playoffs.
Coming off a big victory over the division-leading Broncos, the Raiders had some momentum and big hopes.
Unfortunately for the Raiders and their fans, it was hardly enough to beat playoff-bound Green Bay – or ovecome some crucial mistakes -- at O.co Coliseum.
The Raiders cut the gap to 14-13 at halftime thanks to two Sebastian Janikowski field goals and Carr’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper.
But the Packers answered with 10 points in the third quarter and six more in the final period – sandwiched around another Carr-to-Cooper TD pass -- to hold off the Raiders and extend Oakland’s playoff drought that stretches back to 2002.
Carr finished 23-of-47 for 276 yards and two TDs, but his two early interceptions were the difference in the game. He also was sacked three times.
Cooper, in the running for Offensive Rookie of the year, had six catches for 120 yards and two scores.
The Raiders now have a quick turnaround, with a Christmas Eve date against the San Diego Chargers this Thursday night at O.co Coliseum (5:25 p.m. kickoff). Oakland will need to win that game, and the season finale in Kansas City on Jan. 3, to get to 8-8 and avoid yet another losing season.