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Raiders feel the pain despite win over Colts

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio: Derek Carr 'will be out indefinitely'

The victory over the Colts "came with a setback" -- a serious injury to quarterback Derek Carr.
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The victory over the Colts "came with a setback" -- a serious injury to quarterback Derek Carr.

When the final whistle blew, both the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders felt like they lost.

The scoreboard told the story for the Colts, who were eliminated from playoff contention with the 33-25 loss to Oakland on Saturday.

The pain for the Raiders might have been even worse. Quarterback Derek Carr broke his right leg in the fourth quarter, sending Oakland into its first postseason in 14 years with backup quarterback Matt McGloin at the helm.

"It's tough right now," center Rodney Hudson said. "Everybody is going to be down right now, but the important thing is for everyone to be there for Derek."

Carr had been the major reason for the turnaround in Oakland after 13 straight seasons without a playoff berth. He threw three TD passes on Saturday to give him 28 on the season, and his seven fourth-quarter comebacks are the biggest driver behind Oakland's success.

He appeared to be on his way to another big win for the Raiders (12-3) when everything changed on one play in the fourth quarter, with Oakland leading 33-14.

Carr was twisted to the ground on a sack by Trent Cole and stayed there for several minutes in pain as trainers came out to treat him. With the crowd chanting "M-V-P! M-V-P!" Carr limped off the field without putting any pressure on his right leg. He was then taken away on a cart for X-rays, which showed the break in his right fibula. Carr will have surgery on Sunday.

"I wish I had that play back," left tackle Donald Penn said. "I've been great all year, I slip up on one play. I'm mad at myself. I'll be good tomorrow but I'm mad at myself. I wish there was something else I could do. I've never had a quarterback get hurt in my career. I'm upset right now."

Andrew Luck then tried to lead a comeback as the Colts rallied from 26 points down to within eight with 2:33 left. But McGloin completed a 19-yard pass to Amari Cooper on third-and-8 on the next drive, and the Raiders ran out the clock.

Indianapolis (7-8) will miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997-98, right before Peyton Manning arrived.

"It's pretty much unacceptable," linebacker Erik Walden said. "An organization like this, it's like a requirement to get to the postseason, and we haven't been able to do that, this year and last year."

Here are some other takeaways from the game:

MCGLOIN'S TIME: McGloin made six starts as an undrafted rookie in 2013, winning his first in Houston and then losing the final five. Carr was drafted the next year and has made every start since, with McGloin throwing just 55 passes in that time.

"I'm ready to go," McGloin said. "I know this team, these guys around me, this staff, this organization will do a great job of helping me out and embracing me. Just making sure we continue to move in the right direction."

MOMENTUM CHANGE: The game changed during an eight-minute span starting late in the first half. It started when Luck threw an interception to Reggie Nelson in the end zone with the Colts driving down 13-7. Carr turned that into a TD pass to Jalen Richard and Oakland scored again to open the second half on a 22-yard run by DeAndre Washington . After a fumble by Frank Gore, Washington scored on another 22-yard run, and Oakland went up 33-7.

"That was a big, big, pivotal moment in the game and there's really no one else to blame but me," Luck said of the interception.

Amari Cooper reflects on quarterback Derek Carr, who was was injured on a play against the Colts Saturday.

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