Much was made about Raiders second-year defensive end Clelin Ferrell making the game-clinching tackle on a fourth-and-one play against the Carolina Panthers. The lion’s share of the credit, though, belongs to defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Hankins instructed fellow tackle Maliek Collins to switch places before the snap, so Hankins could line up between the Panthers
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."