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Carson Palmer’s backhanded flip for an interception epitomizes the Raiders’ first half ‘effort,’ though Oakland rallies to win (VIDEO)

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Maybe Brett Favre could pull off that whole "backhanded flip that turns out great" pass. Carson Palmer can not.

The Oakland quarterback provided the lowlight of a really bad half of football for the Raiders.

Palmer was moving to his left against the Jaguars when he decided to try to flip the ball out to a receiver. Instead it was tipped by a Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny and intercepted by Derek Cox for a truly horrific turnover. That Palmer trade isn't turning out so well for Oakland. Shocking.

That play summed up the first half for the Raiders. Not only are the Jaguars bad, and playing at Oakland, they were without running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who injured his foot early in the first quarter, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who also went out with an injury in the first half (OK, so that injury might not be so damaging for Jacksonville).

The Raiders were losing 17-6 at halftime, one of their worst halves of football in a season that has already been full of them.

Luckily for the Raiders, the Jaguars were a comedy of errors as well. With backup quarterback Chad Henne being utterly ineffective, the Jaguars let the Raiders come back and tie the game to send it to overtime (Oakland almost won in dramatic fashion on a 64-yard field goal try by Sebastian Janikowski as regulation time expired, but his kick was short). In overtime the Jaguars fumbled deep in their territory and the Raiders won on a field goal.

Palmer's terrible pass didn't turn out to be that big of a deal, just kind of embarrassing.

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