James Harden has made his NFL debut.
The Houston Rockets star’s name made an appearance in the form of an audible during Sunday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders. With the game tied at 14-14 in the second quarter, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr audibled out of a first-down play near midfield, clearly calling the name of the 2018 NBA MVP for NBC cameras and microphones to document.
He then handed the ball off to running back Devontae Booker, who ran up the middle for 6 yards.
So, why James Harden?
The drive ended nine plays later with three points. Twitter, of course had jokes — most of them focused on the number of steps taken and the fact that the play did not involve passing the ball.
Raiders Twitter even got in on the fun.
The Raiders’ James Harden play involved no passing, a whole lot of steps, and very little payoff
— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) November 23, 2020
Derek Carr pulling out the 'James Harden' audible and not passing is COMICAL. 😂 https://t.co/ARPTktbhoH
— theScore (@theScore) November 23, 2020
If James Harden is the call, I'm gonna need a flop from someone.
— Andy Behrens (@andybehrens) November 23, 2020
Hope they don’t call it the playoffs
— Everybody Chill (@RDanger3) November 23, 2020
does that mean they're gonna draw a lot of penalties or https://t.co/ih1MZjYmWz
— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) November 23, 2020
James Harden call by Raiders. Despite popular belief it doesn’t mean dribble between your legs 100 times and shoot a step back
— George Jarjour (@gjarjour) November 23, 2020
"James Harden" was the Raiders code word for an Iso run play
— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) November 23, 2020
If Derek Carr calls out the “James Harden” audible, you know it’s not a pass. pic.twitter.com/ABakREbtsb
— Korked Bats (@korkedbats) November 23, 2020
Outside of Houston, Harden’s isolation game — and lack of playoff success — are popular targets for snarky sports fans. Why the Raiders incorporated his name into their offense is unclear.
But if they’e going to keep it in the playbook, they should probably mix in a few pass plays attached to the audible. You don’t want to be too predictable.
More from Yahoo Sports: