KC Chiefs: People Blaming NBC Skycam For Key Incompletion

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) against the KC Chiefs - Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) against the KC Chiefs - Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

Crazy rumors are surfacing from the KC Chiefs and Oakland Raiders game from Thursday night, but the craziest came from the crucial incompletion in the fourth quarter that likely would have led to a Raiders touchdown.

Down 21-13 in the fourth quarter and hoping to put points on the board, Derek Carr stumbled when he threw the football down the field to wide receiver Amari Cooper. The ball sailed over Cooper’s head and a lot of people seemed confused by the incompletion.

After the game, a strange theory started surfacing the inter webs that stated that the NBC skycam wires interfered with the play (you can see the video for yourself in the Bleacher Report article I linked earlier in this sentence).

I’ll admit that it was a strange play, but come on now. This is quite the stretch, even from Raiders fans.

The people questioning the play ranged from standard fans to Derek Carr’s older brother David, who was a former number one overall pick in 2002.

Of course David is going to go with the theory that backs up his brother rather than admit it was just a bad throw. Derek had stumbled before throwing the ball and it could be possible that it was just an overthrown ball.

Had this play happened to Alex Smith throwing down the field to Jeremy Maclin (leave your jokes for another post, please), I doubt it’d be garnering this type of attention. Carr has been constantly talked about in the media and before this game, he was a candidate to win MVP.

I guess this is Raiders fans’ ways of coping with the fact that their quarterback can’t beat the Kansas City Chiefs and is now out of the running to win MVP. That or he’s really into his fantasy football team, which is possible too.

This one is my favorite. A Raiders fan isn’t going to watch NBC anymore because of this play? What if Oakland plays on Sunday Night Football? Just not going to watch? Hilarious.

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NBC responded to these outrageous claims, denying any chance that the wires of their skycam had anything to do with the incompletion. Jason Dachman of Sports Video writes,

"When reached for comment, NBC Sports spokesman Dan Masonson said, “The overhead camera is positioned behind the line of scrimmage, so the cables would not be in play.”"

In my opinion, this was just a weird play and I think Raiders fans and the national media are having a hard time admitting that Derek Carr just flat out stunk on Thursday night. It must be rough when the golden boy of the media has a bad game and blows his MVP chances, but it happened, and now Oakland is having a hard time coping with it.

Whatever helps you sleep at night, Raiders fans. The referees tried to give Oakland that game by missing several critical calls on Raiders players and also by calling that B.S. call late in the game that gave Oakland a crucial first down.

So, no, folks… The wires of a skycam did not interfere with the play. Let’s move on, okay?