The Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans both suffered huge blows to their playoff aspirations on Saturday, as both of their franchise quarterbacks suffered what could be season-ending injuries. For Oakland, who will be in the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons, David Carr suffered a broken right fibula while being sacked early in the fourth quarter against Indianapolis, while Marcus Mariota suffered the same injury during the Titans loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars which eliminated them from the postseason.

Carr, an NFL MVP candidate, will undergo surgery on Sunday, Del Rio said. Fourth-year pro Matt McGloin will take over as the starter for the playoff-bound Raiders, who improved to 12-3 with their win. Carr was injured on a second-and-18 play with 11:07 remaining when he dropped back to pass and was caught by Trent Cole, who was on the ground and dived at Carr’s ankle, grabbing it and twisting the third-year quarterback to the ground. In obvious pain, Carr appeared to mouth, “It’s broken,” as team medical personnel attended to him.

Carr, 25, could not put any weight on his right foot and had to be helped to the sideline. After being examined behind the team bench, he was carted off in an air cast and taken to the X-ray room, where the break was confirmed. Raiders Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn was charged with allowing the sack, the first he has given up this season. “It’s sad, it’s very sad,” Penn said. “I’m very disappointed in myself … I was engaged with my guy, I took another step and my foot just slipped from under me. I wish I could have that f—ing play back because I’ve been blocking great all year, man. I slip on one play … I ain’t never got a quarterback hurt in my whole career and I’m just upset right now.”

McGloin, 27, entered the day with a career passer rating of 76.2, completing 58.2 percent of his attempts for 1,818 passing yards to go along with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 career games. Carr, who threw three touchdown strikes and passed for 228 yards while completing 20 of 30 attempts Saturday, was not available to the media after the Raiders stayed in line for a potential first-round playoff bye.

Mariota was carted off in the third quarter with an air cast on his right leg after being sacked from behind by Jaguars DT Sheldon Day. He will undergo surgery within the week. “We didn’t protect him — offensive line, running backs — we didn’t protect him all day,” Titans RB DeMarco Murray said after the game. Matt Cassel, the Titans’ backup, came on to replace Mariota. Cassel completed 13 of 24 passes for 124 yards with one touchdown and one interception. At the time of his injury, Mariota had thrown for 99 yards on 8-of-20 passing with one touchdown.

Protecting Mariota was a huge priority of the Titans in his second season. They signed free-agent center Ben Jones and drafted right tackle Jack Conklin eighth overall and have been a good pass-protecting team all season. The offensive line, which also had a hand in the dominant run attack led by Murray, which led to Mariota having a successful sophomore year, was one of the key reasons for the team’s five game improvement over last season’s record, and made them seem like the favorite to win the AFC South, before Saturday.

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