Thursday Night Football: Justin Herbert TD dive lifts Chargers to 30-27 OT win over Raiders

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Justin Herbert dove through the pile for a 1-yard touchdown in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Chargers to a 30-27 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday night.

Herbert had fumbled on the previous play on a similar attempt to dive over the line of scrimmage only for the ball to be recovered by Los Angeles in the end zone. But since only the fumbler can advance a fumble inside the final two minutes, the ball came back to the 1-yard line to give Herbert a second attempt at the winning score.

The Raiders had taken the lead moments earlier on a 23-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson on the opening drive of overtime as their drive stalled out inside the Chargers’ 5-yard line. A pair of runs by Josh Jacobs were stuffed and a third down pass to fullback Alec Ingold was knocked down to force the Carlson field goal as the Raiders took a 27-24 lead.

After a third defensive pass interference call of the night against Trayvon Mullen, Herbert hit Jalen Guyton for a 53-yard strike down to the Las Vegas 2-yard line. The Chargers turned to three straight runs for Herbert with an unnecessary roughness call Nick Kwiatkoski moving the ball to the 1 before Herbert’s dive into the end zone.

Herbert completed 22-of-32 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers.

The loss delivered a blow to the Raiders’ playoff chances. They’re one colossal mistake from Gregg Williams away from a five-game losing streak.

But the Chargers tried to Charger the game away several times.

With the game tied 24-24 with just two minutes left in regulation, Chris Harris Jr. intercepted Mariota on a pass thrown behind Zay Jones to flip the script with two minutes remaining. Harris returned the pick to the Raiders’ 33-yard line before he was caught by Mariota.

Mariota was playing in place of an injured Derek Carr, who left the game on the second series of the night with a groin injury and would not return.

The Chargers would quickly go three-and-out that saw Justin Herbert sacked for a loss on third down to force a 51-yard field goal try. Michael Badgley missed the ensuing kick wide left to keep the game tied at 24-24 with 53 seconds left to play. It was Badgley’s ninth field goal miss of the season and 12th miss overall on 29 attempts, which are the most of any kicker in the league and his second miss on the night.

The Raiders would only be able to get just beyond midfield before trying to have Carlson attempt a 65-yard field goal to win the game. Instead, the hold was mishandled and A.J. Cole had to fall on it as the game headed to overtime.

Mariota had played well in relief of Carr for most of the night. He completed 17-of-28 passes for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception along with a rushing touchdown and 88 yards on the ground.

52 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Justin Herbert TD dive lifts Chargers to 30-27 OT win over Raiders

  1. aiderers still raidering, too funny. You can change towns but your subpar average remains the same.

    Just .500 baby!

  2. Salute to Mariota for stepping up and keeping the offense moving. Only a few bad throws for not having any real practice time or preparation.

    I get we have injuries in the secondary but ive never seen the Raiders field this awful of a defense in all my years.. If i counted right we got pressure and touched Herbert on 4 occasions and he still completed the throw, truly pitiful. Why would Nixon even come down on that play? he knows he has to prevent a deep pass and play max protect?

    I guess were still mathematically in the hunt but its over boys. Solid season.

  3. I used to be a Lynn rooter …. but damn, that was just terrible clock management at the end of the game. The whole world is screaming (including announcers) for a time out to give his team maximum time to score and he’s staring around for 12 seconds like he’s waiting for a McDonalds delivery guy … terrible on his part.

  4. How wasn’t his fumble on the goal line a touchback? Can someone explain to me? He fumbled on the goal line and it went into the end zone and was recovered by his own team.

  5. As a patriots fan, I have a rooting interest for the chargers, due to our head to head victory over the raiders. Honestly, any new englander knows the playoffs are a pipe dream. We need to rebuild and retool….and shovel snow. With that being said..

    HA HA HA Gruden.

  6. Absolutely horrific to watch, Gruden’s play calling has to be addressed. Everyone thats ever watched football knows he hides in a shell once hes in the redzone. Its atrocious, has he even watched the last 5 games? Your tendencies are being exploited game after game. I do not see this getting better, TWO complete second half meltdowns in a row? Gunther should have never been brought back n hes the scapegoat? 🙁

  7. I think most raiders fans can agree, we weren’t going anywhere with this defense this year. It’s just really taken a worse turn the last few weeks. I’m starting to wonder if Mayock and Gruden can figure it out. Ton of draft capital and cap space has been spent, and what do we have to show for it defensively? I don’t think I can remember a more helpless group of players on one side of the ball. And that is saying a lot.

  8. Really fun contest! Herbert looks phenomenal and is better than Lamar Jackson. Mariota was fun to watch as well. Too bad that wasn’t a playoff game! Let’s hope for this come January..

  9. I’m a big critic of Herbert, but tonight was the best I’ve seen him play this year. Throws to the outside to Guyton were especially pinpoint accurate. The Chargers used balance to get him going maybe they can actually build around him if they actually develop him correctly.

  10. JH10 sure acts like the real deal. A new HC is probably on the horizon and they need something else on defense.

  11. But the Chargers tried to Charger the game away several times. Says it all. Lynn needs to go with his entire staff. Liked boomin the Raiders a few steps closer to being out of the playoff picture..next week should seal the deal and another failed Raider season. Bwahahahaha

  12. This loss dang near ended the Raiders season. Now they’d need to win out AND have multiple teams in front of them self destruct to have any shot at all of making the playoffs this year. Didn’t make any sense not to try and win the game with a play on 4th down when they were in the Chargers end zone instead of settling for 3. Better to force Herbert to drive 95 yards for a win with his back against his end zone rather than 75 with room to breath.

  13. Mariotta showing he still has it. We’ll see how he does but it wouldn’t be a shock to see him subplant Carr.

  14. Missed a holding and pass interference on consecutive plays on the Raiders last drive, not to mention Renfrow. They got what they wanted.
    Go ahead. Downvote me.

  15. Chargers will leap frog Raiders next year. Lynn should still be the coach too

  16. Raids, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory once again.

    Whether it made a difference in the outcome or not, one cannot tell but this was some of the most one-sided officiating I’ve seen this year yet.

  17. As a Duck alum and fan, that was a pretty awesome Thursday night of NFL football. To see not one but TWO Duck QB’s on an NFL field looking like they for damn sure belonged, was fun. Mariota may have an Act 2 yet to come; he looked good and has beefed up, which will help him stay healthy maybe. Herbert looks fantastic. SOTD? Maybe!

  18. At least now when Jon Gruden is back on Monday Night Football in 2022, he will have some more recent losing war stories to talk about.

  19. Raiders had exactly one chance to win that game. They had to go for the TD on fourth and goal in overtime. Worst case scenario you make the Chargers go 99 yards.

  20. Since the change in OT rules to allow both teams a chance to possess the ball (unless the team that scores first scores a TD), how many times has a team answered a FG with a TD?

  21. “I guess were still mathematically in the hunt but its over boys. Solid season.”

    Well, this longtime Raider sufferer thinks it was a bad season, not a solid one, on account of a can’t-believe-my-eyes bad defense.

  22. Stayed up till 4.30am in the UK to watch this live and now i’m surviving on Red Bull at work

    Tough loss, had our chances, Gruden went ‘prevent offense’ down by the goalline, thought the game would be won before overtime but Mariota who played a great game threw a bad pass.

    But damn the defense. Mullens was awful, i’m surprised they didnt pick on the other side on Isiah Johnson. No pass rush, LB’s were poor but the secondary was terrible specially in overtime.

    Again IF the Raiders just had a middle of a pack defense they would win more games by far, but the offense has to score on every drive as we all know the defense hardly stops anyone. DE Maxx Crosby has disappeared for weeks. A frustrating loss

  23. I love Carr to bits and hes having a great year (specially with that defense) but i wonder if Mariota gets the final 2 games to start and show case what he can do.

    Back in 1997 Jeff George had a great year (29 tds 9 ints nearly 4000 yards) but the Raiders had one of their worst ever defenses. 1998 Gruden arrives and George doesnt fit the offense and struggles and Gannon is signed as a FA in 1999.

    I wonder IF Mariota plays well enough the next few games (IF he starts) that Gruden might do the unthinkable and go with Mariota next year. He can run the option, can scramble and could be a Gannon clone ?

    Yes its not Carrs fault as hes played brilliant but Mariota fits what Gruden probably wants in a QB. Yeah its one appearance BUT its possible ?

  24. Same ole song and dance for the Raiders! Start strong, and falter at the end. No excuse losing this game with a chance of the postseason. Think it’s time for our stubborn, $10m/year coach to take some responsibility. Was never big on the hire to begin with, but this is year 3. His excuses are running out!

  25. What a disgrace. The Chargers were basically trying to give them the game and they still choked. My old HS football team plays better defense. Mariota should start the rest of the season.

  26. chaunce922 says:
    December 18, 2020 at 12:01 am
    Salute to Mariota for stepping up and keeping the offense moving. Only a few bad throws for not having any real practice time or preparation.

    I get we have injuries in the secondary but ive never seen the Raiders field this awful of a defense in all my years.. If i counted right we got pressure and touched Herbert on 4 occasions and he still completed the throw, truly pitiful. Why would Nixon even come down on that play? he knows he has to prevent a deep pass and play max protect?

    I guess were still mathematically in the hunt but its over boys. Solid season

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    How do you call losing the last 4 of 5 games to knock yourselves out of the playoffs a solid season?

  27. Derek Carr is good not great. To be a contender you need a great qb or a team that is truly special on one side of the ball. The Raiders have neither

  28. Nobody wanted to win it at the end.

    This all happened over the last 2 minutes of regulation. Nobody wanted to win.
    Badgley missed winning FG in regulation
    Raiders get in FG range and then throw an interception when an FG wins the game.
    Chargers then get to Raiders 25, run a stupid trick play on 3rd and 2 which loses 8 yards, setting up Badgley for a missed 50 yard FG.

    Fire the Chargers OC and kicker but somehow the Chargers won in OT in spite of their own incompetence.

  29. And the Gruden December swoon begins….See: 2007 and 2008 Buccaneers.

    He lost a late season game to the Chargers in 2008 that cost him a playoff spot and his job with TB

  30. How wasn’t his fumble on the goal line a touchback? He fumbled on the goal line and it went into the end zone and was recovered by his own team. Can someone explain?

  31. Chargers tried to Charger the game away but nobody….and I mean NOBODY, out Raiders the Raiders.

  32. “But the Chargers tried to Charger the game away several times.”
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    That is a great quote. “I thought we had them but we Chargered the game away.”

  33. @sr1racha:

    If the Raiders would have went for it on fourth down and missed, the Chargers would have only needed a field goal to win. The must score a TD to win only applies to the team possessing the ball first. (Of course, the Raiders could have scored a game winning safety in that scenario after the turnover on downs).

  34. This game just proved mariota can be a starter he did his thing! Boy do the raiders need help and that’s not saying much. Please get my boy Herbert a competent coach where the games isn’t always your life on the line

  35. patsfan1818 says:
    December 18, 2020 at 12:13 am
    I’m a big critic of Herbert, but tonight was the best I’ve seen him play this year. Throws to the outside to Guyton were especially pinpoint accurate. The Chargers used balance to get him going maybe they can actually build around him if they actually develop him correctly.———————————————————————————————
    As a fellow Pats fan let me just say if the Pats had Hebert chucking the ball around instead of Cam it just might have been another playoff season. I see 3-4 more wins at least to this point. If not for historically bad coaching the Chargers could be playoff caliber having blown so many games from stunningly poor coaching decisions. Also you got to explain this critique of Hebert. That guys a stud and I’d take him on my team any day.

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