But despite trailing by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and the rest of his team showed their spirit to climb back into the game.
A 23-yard touchdown pass from Herbert to Josh Palmer gave the Bolts hope, and a methodical, 19-玩, 83-yard drive capped by Herbert’s dagger pass to Mike Williams with time running out sent the game to overtime.
After the two teams exchanged field goals during the opening drives of overtime, Carlson’s kick with time expiring sent the Raiders to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
And for a team which has had a tumultuous season — head coach Jon Gruden resigned after reports emerged of him using homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails while he worked as an ESPN analyst — it is the perfect culmination for interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.
“We just found a way to have a chance to win at the end
,” Bisaccia 说过
“We’ve been in this situation before … just can’t say enough about how this team prepares and going into the game and playing like that. They believe in each other when they go out there. They don’t blink.”
Clinching a spot
随着胜利, the Raiders earned themselves the fifth seed in the AFC and a clash against the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs.
The victory also helped seal a playoff spot for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who advanced to the postseason after a wild series of events earlier in the day.
Needing an Indianapolis Colts loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars — who had lost their previous eight games — and needing to beat their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, away from home, Pittsburgh’s chances were slim.
然而, the Jaguars dominated the Colts, 获胜 26-11, while the Steelers needed their own overtime field goal from Chris Boswell to beat the Ravens, 16-13.
And although there was a wild scenario where if the Chargers and the Raiders had tied, both teams would have made the playoffs and the Steelers would have missed out, Carlson’s kick meant the Steelers made it in by the skin of their teeth.
Their prize for sealing their spot on ‘Super Wild Card Weekend’ as the No. 7 seed is a trip to face the Kansas City Chiefs.
A football bonanza
的 2021 season was the first 17-game NFL season, but it is the second season with a 14-team playoff system.
With this new system, 否. 1 seeds in both the AFC and NFC conferences — the Tennessee Titans in the AFC and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC — will get a first-round bye, while the remaining 12 teams will play across the coming weekend, including a new Monday night game.
Here is a look at the schedule for ‘Super Wild Card Weekend’:
星期六, 一月 15
亚足联: 4:30 下午. (和) 没有. 5 Las Vegas Raiders at No. 4 辛辛那提孟加拉虎
亚足联: 8:15 下午. (和) 没有. 6 New England Patriots at No. 3 布法罗比尔
星期日, 一月 16
NFC: 1:00 下午. (和) 没有. 7 Philadelphia Eagles at No. 2 坦帕湾海盗
NFC: 4:30 下午. (和) 没有. 6 San Francisco 49ers at No. 3 达拉斯牛仔队
亚足联: 8:15 下午. (和) 没有. 7 Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 2 堪萨斯城酋长
星期一, 一月 17
NFC: 8:15 下午. (和) 没有. 5 Arizona Cardinals at No. 4 洛杉矶公羊队