Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/11/12
It's not your fault, man.  It's not your fault.I blame Travis Goethel.The Raiders were fighting it out with the Chargers when Jon Condo, their long snapper (who made the Pro Bowl last year), went out with a head injury.  The Raiders don't have an officially designated backup long snapper, so backup middle linebacker Travis Goethel was chosen for the task.The ESPN broadcasters mentioned that Goethel had not been a long snapper since he was in high school, and could be a little rusty.The first snap simply rolled along the ground.  Shane Lechler, former high school star quarterback and all-time career punting average leader (47.3 yards per punt), tried to pick it up and punt it.  By the time Lechler gathered up the ball, he had a Charger in his face, and wisely just protected the ball and gained as many yards as he could.So with 8:43 in the third quarter, the Chargers got the ball on the Oakland 39 yard line.  They would gain 29 yards on 7 plays, and kick a field goal.Oakland would go ...
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