Raiders top Chargers in OT thriller to clinch playoff spot, narrowly avoid wild tie scenario

Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson hit two field goals in overtime to lift the Raiders to victory.

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Coming into the game, Las Vegas and Los Angeles would have both made the playoffs if the game ended in a tie and it appeared it was going in that direction.

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson, sentrum, celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers during overtime of an NFL football game, Sondag, Jan.. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson, sentrum, celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers during overtime of an NFL football game, Sondag, Jan.. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt)

Justin Herbert led the Chargers on a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter. He put together a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Palmer with a completed two-point conversion. He would then lead a 19-play, 83-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams to tie the game.

With the game going into overtime, the Raiders struck first to go up three points. The Chargers would answer with a Dustin Hopkins field goal. Carlson would then get a chance to win the game and avoid the one of the craziest developments in recent NFL history and executed.

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The 47-yard field goal put Las Vegas and the Pittsburgh Steelers into the playoffs and knocked the Chargers out.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) scored a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sondag, Jan.. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) scored a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sondag, Jan.. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Derek Carr told NBC’s Michelle Tafoya a tie wasn’t on his mind.

We knew, maak nie saak wat nie, we didn’t want a tie. We wanted to win the football game. Uiteraard, if you tie you’re in an all of that. But my mindset all day, I was even texting with Aaron Rodgers this morning, my mindset was to make sure we were the only team moving on after this,” hy het gesê.

Carr said the Chargers calling a timeout before the team ran for a first down changed their strategy. The run would setup the Carlson game-winning kick.

Carr finished 20-for-36 with 186 verbygaande meter en twee touchdown-passe. Josh Jacobs gehad het 26 dra vir 132 meter en 'n touchdown. Bryan Edwards led the Raiders with four catches for 63 erwe. Hunter Renfrow caught both of Carr’s touchdown passes.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) reacts after missing an attempted touchdown catch against the Las Vegas Raiders during overtime of an NFL football game, Sondag, Jan.. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) reacts after missing an attempted touchdown catch against the Las Vegas Raiders during overtime of an NFL football game, Sondag, Jan.. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt)

Herbert was 34-for-62 with 383 verbygaande erwe, drie raakpunte en 'n onderskep. Austin Ekeler gehad het 64 yards on the ground on 16 carries with a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. Williams finished with nine catches for 119 yards and a score. Palmer had four catches for 45 yards and a score.

Las Vegas will now go on the road to play the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs.

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