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ALAMEDA, Calif. – As painful as it was to blow a late lead and lose a game that dropped them from sixth place to 12th place in the AFC standings, the Oakland Raiders have no choice but to move ahead.
Minutes away from completing a comeback win against the Tennessee Titans that would have put them in playoff position with five games to play, the Raiders let Ryan Fitzpatrick throw a 10-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining in a 23-19 loss Sunday.
The winning score prevented Oakland (4-7) from winning back-to-back games for the first time this season and moving to the top of a six-way tie for sixth place. Now the Raiders trail six teams in the fight for the final playoff spot and have almost no margin for error starting when they visit Dallas (6-5) on Thursday.