Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree can't believe that officials took him out for the final play of the game, one in which quarterback Derek Carr fumbled the ball into the endzone, ending any chance of a win.
Per the Dallas Morning News, the former Texas Tech star Crabtree scored two touchdowns against his hometown team and drew a 55-yard pass-interference penalty that put the Raiders in position to tie or beat the Cowboys in the final minute.
But on Oakland's final play, quarterback Derek Carr's fumble into and out of the end zone for a touchback, Crabtree wasn't on the field.
He was in the concussion-protocol tent, having been sent there by the officials after the previous play.
"I just don't understand why they took me out on the last play of the game," Crabtree said.
Crabtree has spent nine seasons (six with the 49ers and three with the Raiders) in the Bay Area, but said it's still a big deal to face Dallas.
"Yeah, I was motivated," the Texas Tech alumnus said. "Dallas, that's my hometown. I love my city and I love the Bay Area. ...
"I just wish we would have won the game. It's hard. I'm just really trying to figure out why they took me out."