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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after a second quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(AP) – For Derek Carr, the journey to the NFL playoffs has been a long and often frustrating one over his eight seasons as starting quarterback for the Raiders. No quarterback has ever endured as much losing in their first eight seasons as Carr had and has been only fleeting success in that same span. That’s what makes this improbable trip to the playoffs for a Raiders team counted out just four years ago so gratifying. Especially for Carr, who missed the Raiders last playoff trip five years ago with a broken ankle.