The Las Vegas Raiders were 6-7 and on the outside looking in of the playoffs. But, they needed everything to go right to make the postseason for the first time since 2016. Everything was going their way as they were up 29-14 in the fourth quarter. But then the Chargers roared back by converting one fourth down, culminating with Justin Herbert, who threw for 364 yards, zipped his third and final touchdown pass of the game to Mike Williams with no time left to send the game to overtime.
After exchanging field goals in the final period, the clock was running down to zero. If the game ended in a tie, both teams would make the playoffs, and the Pittsburgh Steelers would be eliminated. Instead, the Chargers called a timeout. The Raiders brought out field goal kicker Daniel Carlson, who'd already made four field goals. Carlson never missed a field goal inside Allegiant Stadium. And he didn't miss here as he connected on a 47-yard field goal with no time remaining to send the Raiders into the playoffs with a 35-32 victory. The Raiders (10-7) now head to Cincinnati to take on the AFC North champion Bengals on Saturday. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 32-13 on Nov. 21
With no time remaining, Herbert throws a bullet to a double-covered Mike Williams for a touchdown. The extra point is good and we are going to overtime. An unbelievable comeback by the Chargers. What are the Pittsburgh Steelers thinking?
On third down, Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa forces a fumble on Carr. The Chargers have the ball for a moment but it comes out and the Raiders end up recovering and are forced to punt. Big break for the Raiders.
On fourth and 21, Herbert fires to Josh Palmer for a 23-yard touchdown to make it a nine-point game. Then the Chargers go for two. Herbert looks around, around and around until his finds his fifth option in Ekeler to make it a seven-point game with 4:28 to go as the Raiders are up 29-22. You knew it would come down to the final couple of minutes.
Fourth and six, Herbert connects with Williams. He catches the ball on his knees and tries to stretch over the marker and is touched. The chains are brought up and it is deemed short. For now, it's the Raiders ball as the Chargers are challenging the call by the officials.
On third down, Herbert attempts a deep ball to Mike Williams but it is off the mark and intercepted by Casey Heyward. That is only the Raiders sixth interception of the season. Now the Raiders can run off some more clock.
On third and goal, Carr slings a two-yard touchdown to Renfrow for his second touchdown of the game. The Raiders miss a the two-point conversion and its a 26-14 Raiders lead early in the fourth quarter.