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Raiders fans wonder if key Derek Carr pass against Chiefs hit TV wire above the field

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper failed to reach a pass from quarterback Derek Carr with Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters running behind him during the second half of Thursday’s game.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper failed to reach a pass from quarterback Derek Carr with Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters running behind him during the second half of Thursday’s game. The Associated Press

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had an awful night during the Chiefs’ 21-13 win over Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday.

Carr completed just 17 of 41 passes for 117 yards. One of the worst misses was a throw to Amari Cooper in the fourth quarter. Cooper had gotten past the Chiefs’ Marcus Peters and a good throw may have ended with a touchdown. But it ended up not being close to a completion.

Here is the play in question:

Like anyone watching at home, Chris Collinsworth was confused as to what happened with that pass. Well, Carr’s brother David has a theory:

What is the Spidercam? It was actually a Skycam, which is a camera above the playing field that has multiple wires attached to it. I’ve never heard of this happening in a game before, but other Raiders fans have taken up the cause that Derek Carr’s throw couldn’t have been bad as well all saw.

However, NBC Sports spokesman Dan Masonson was reached by Jason Dachman of the Sports Video Group about the play, and he dismissed that conspiracy theory.

“The overhead camera is positioned behind the line of scrimmage, so the cables would not be in play,” Masonson told Dachman.

ESPN’s Ed Werder tweeted this:

And another ESPN writer weighed in on the play, noting that the officials didn’t see anything either.

I personally have two theories: 1. It was a bad throw. 2. It was a bad route by Cooper.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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