Los Angeles Chargers 32-35 Las Vegas Raiders: Daniel Carlson kicks game-winner in overtime to see Raiders into playoffs and knock out Chargers | NFL News

Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) book a trip to Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) during Super Wild Card Weekend; a draw would have seen the Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers both qualify, but instead the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1) sneak into the playoffs and go to the Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

Last updated: 01/10/22 7:09

Derek Carr celebrates as the Las Vegas Raiders book their first playoff trip in five years

The Las Vegas Raiders took the final playoff spot at AFC and, in turn, knocked out the Los Angeles Chargers, winning 35-32 in a stunning Sunday Night Football clash that went into extra time.

Game history

The match winner was guaranteed a place in the postseason, sending the losers home, but there was also a way both teams would qualify if the match ended in a draw – with the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1 ) instead drop – a result that seemed like a real possibility when, with 38 seconds remaining in extra time, the Raiders were facing a 3rd and 4th from the 39-yard line of the Chargers.

Had they failed to convert, Las Vegas would have sought a long field goal attempt of well over 50 yards. Instead, after Los Angeles took a timeout, Josh Jacobs ran for 10 yards and the first down, setting a 47-yard winning field goal for Daniel Carlson – booking the Raiders (10-7) a trip to the Cincinnati Bengals (10 -7) in the Super Wild Card Weekend to open the playoffs.

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The Chargers now miss the postseason, but it was an incredible effort on the part of the guests to react and take the game into extra time in the first place, having seen themselves trailing by 15 points in the middle of the fourth quarter.

But second-year quarterback Justin Herbert – who completed 34 of his jaw-dropping 64 pass attempts for 383 yards – led his team on two epic late touchdown drives to equalize the game. The former culminated in a 23-yard strike to Joshua Palmer, with a two-point conversion pass to Austin Ekeler tacked, before Herbert led a 19 play 83-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown. Mike Williams when time runs out.

Las Vegas got the ball to open extra time, but failed to score a touchdown to finish the game on her first possession, with Carlson instead firing with sticks from 40 yards. Los Angeles responded with a Dustin Hopkins 41-yard kick of their own, but the Raiders possessed the ball last and would ultimately show no mercy as, rather than trying to run out of time and a draw, Carlson nailed his fifth. FG of the match to launch the Raiders to the playoffs for the first time in five years and only the second time since 2002.

Statistics leader


  • Passing: Justin Herbert, 34/64, 383 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
  • Race: Austin Ekeler, 16 carries, 64 yards, 1 TD
  • Reception: Mike Williams, nine tricks, 119 yards, 1 TD


  • Passes: Derek Carr, 20/36, 186 yards, 2 TD
  • Run: Josh Jacobs, 26 carries, 132 yards, 1 TD
  • Reception: Bryan Edwards, four holds, 63 yards
  • Hunter Renfrow, four catches, 13 yards, 2 TD

Score summary

Score summary

Charger 0-3 raiders Daniel Carlson’s 24-yard field goal
Charger 0-10 raiders Derek Carr 12 yard TD passes to Hunter Renfrow (extra point)
Battery charger 7-10 Marauders Austin Ekeler’s 14-yard TD run (extra point)
Battery charger 14-10 Marauders Justin Herbert 14 yard TD passes to Austin Ekeler (extra point)
Battery charger 14-17 Marauders Josh Jacobs One Yard TD Race (extra point)
Battery charger 14-20 predators Daniel Carlson’s 31-yard field goal
Battery charger 14-26 Marauders Derek Carr passes two-yard TD to Hunter Renfrow (two-point conversion failed)
Battery charger 14-29 predators Daniel Carlson’s 52-yard field goal
Charger 22-29 Marauders Justin Herbert TD goes from 23 yards to Joshua Palmer (two point conversion)
Battery charger 29-29 Marauders Justin Herbert 12 yard TD passes to Mike Williams (extra point)
Charger 29-32 marauders Daniel Carlson’s 40-yard field goal
Battery charger 32-32 Marauders Dustin Hopkins 41-yard field goal
Charger 32-35 predators Daniel Carlson’s 47-yard field goal

Key moments

The Raiders exploded into a 10-0 lead early, less than 12 minutes into the match, when Carlson kicked through the uprights from 24 yards to close their opening possession, before Derek Carr found Hunter Renfrow. for a 12-yard touchdown after a dampened punt return from Andre Roberts for LA

The Chargers finally came to life with Ekeler’s two second quarter touchdowns – the first a 14-yard run and the second a reception from the same spot – but the Raiders would regain the lead and maintain a 17-14 lead at the end of the season. first half when Jacobs threw him from the goal line with 37 seconds left.

Los Angeles was once again lazy and sloppy in starting the second period, with the first four drives in attack ending as follows: field goal missed, turnover on downs (from their own 18-yard line!), Punt and intercept. This allowed Las Vegas to score 15 points clear of Carlson’s two additional field goals on either side of a second goal between Carr and Renfrow.

But, amazingly, eight minutes and 23 seconds left, the Chargers launched a sensational comeback offer in which Herbert threw the ball exclusively on the next 33 offensive snaps, the only exceptions coming when they were fired twice. Herbert and the Chargers also successfully converted 5 of 5 attempts to the fourth down, with the game on line: his 23-yard touchdown against Palmer came with a 4th and 21st!

After the Palmer TD, Herbert found Ekeler for a successful two-point conversion to keep the game alive and, after the Chargers defense quickly stopped, Herbert would equalize the game and lead into extra time with a score 12-yard hitting Williams to cap an epic 19-game 83-yard drive in the final two minutes.

It wasn’t supposed to be Chargers’ day in the end, however, as after the two teams swapped field goals on their opening extra possessions, the Raiders – rather than running out of time for the draw that would have seen both teams qualify for the postseason – would deliver the coup de grace once again thanks to Carlson’s boot when time ran out, ending an astounding race.

What’s next?

The Raiders (10-7) open the playoffs with a Saturday night trip to Cincinnati (10-7) – live on Sky Sports NFL from 9:35 pm. The two teams have already met this season, with the Bengals winning 32-13 in Las Vegas.

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