In the end, the Oakland Raiders had no one to blame but themselves.
On the final day of the regular season the Raiders had a wide-open door to the playoffs but tripped over their own feats and fell flat, losing 38-26 Sunday to the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum.
Even if the Raiders had scored the victory, the officials seemingly would have called a penalty and brought it back, anyway.
It was just that kind of game and that kind of season.
Needing a victory over the Chargers and a Broncos loss to the Chiefs in Denver to win the AFC West, the Raiders watched the Chiefs do their part but couldn’t get a victory themselves. The 8-8 Broncos earn the division title and go to the playoffs because of a tiebreaker – better record vs. common opponents -- over the 8-8 Raiders. Earlier in the day, the Raiders had seen their wild-card hopes also disappear.
Sunday’s outcome in Oakland was a hard one to stomach for Raiders players, coaches and fans.
After winning three straight games to improv...