Steelers players rejoice over Raiders’ decision to kick game-winning field goal instead of taking tie vs. Chargers

Soccer fans across the country have likely never expected a draw more than on Sunday.

The Chargers and Raiders entered “Sunday Night Football” in what had been discussed as a nightmare scenario for the NFL, with the two teams needing only to kneel to cut time and tie to reach the playoffs.

But the divisional rivals engaged in a dramatic back-and-forth battle that seemed headed for a draw anyway, as the Raiders slowed in overtime with seconds remaining. Then, a timeout from Chargers coach Brandon Staley and a first-down run from the Raiders ‘Josh Jacobs set Las Vegas to kick the game-winning field goal as time expired, dashing fans’ hopes. of a tie.

The game appeared to be destined for a stalemate after the Chargers re-tied the game 32-32 with 4:35 remaining in overtime. The Raiders started moving downfield, but after the two-minute warning, they were just running the ball and running out of the clock.

With 1:20 left, Jacobs ran for 7 yards to the Chargers’ 39-yard line, and the clock kept ticking. Staley called for a timeout with 38 seconds remaining, using the first of his two in overtime.

Jacobs took a pass after the timeout and carried it for 10 more yards to the Los Angeles 29-yard line. From there, the Raiders lowered the clock to two seconds before calling for a timeout. Daniel Carlson made the 47-yard kick look easy when he sank Los Angeles’ playoff chances and won the game 35-32.

The result certainly made many people in Pittsburgh happy, as a win in the game meant the Steelers would enter the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the AFC, the Raiders moved up to No. 5. Las Vegas will face off against the Bengals in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh started the day with waning postseason hopes, needing to a.) Beat the Ravens, b.) Make the Colts lose to the Jaguars and c.) Make the Chargers or Raiders win Sunday night. What seemed like a long shot finally came true, and of course the Steelers were ready to celebrate after the Raiders’ victory.

However, that didn’t make the outcome easy for NFL fans who were hoping for a draw. What would have been a wild scenario ended with a final score that left them wondering what it could have been.