It was the type of situation the Raiders drafted JaMarcus Russell for. Oakland had the ball, down six points, with 80 yards to go and just under two minutes to work with.
Of course, Russell wasn’t in the game. Bruce Gradkowski, the sixth round pick of the Bucs in 2006, took over for Russell midway through the third quarter after Russell threw 24 passes for 67 yards.
Gradkowski ably drove the ball to Kansas City’s 26-yard line with 38 seconds left, including 22-yard throw to Darrius Heyward-Bey that held up after being reviewed. This was the type of situation the Raiders drafted Heyward-Bey seventh overall for.
On the next play, DHB got wide open inside the ten-yard line, came back for a perfectly thrown Gradkowski ball. Instead of catching it, Heyward Bey set it like a volleyball player in the air, tipped it again, then watched as Chiefs safety Mike Brown picked off the interception. And that play, ladies and gentlemen, neatly sums up the 2009 Raiders.
Game over, Chiefs won 16-10.