Washington squeezes past Raiders 17-15

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The first three quarters of Sunday’s game in Las Vegas only featured 13 points, but the Raiders and Washington came up with an exciting fourth quarter.

The Raiders scored nine straight points after an Antonio Gibson touchdown catch put them down 14-6 early in the final quarter. The last of those points came on a Daniel Carlson field goal with 2:22 left to play and Washington was able to drive 44 yards in eight plays to set up a 48-yard Brian Johnson field goal try. Johnson, who signed this week to replace the injured Joey Slye, hit the kick and put Washington up 17-15 with 37 seconds left to play.

Derek Carr tried for a big play right off the bat, but couldn’t connect with Zay Jones on a deep ball that would have put the Raiders in field goal range. There was some handfighting on the play, but no flags were thrown and the Raiders were left to try a Hail Mary from their own 43-yard-line on the final play of the game. The ball fell incomplete and Washington got the road win.

The Raiders will lament missing on the deep shot to Jones and Raiders safety Tre’Von Moehrig will lament dropping what would have likely been a game-sealing interception shortly before Johnson’s field goal. The Raiders did get a pick of Taylor Heinicke to set up Carlson’s go-ahead field goal, but they needed a bit more from their defense down the stretch.

Heinicke was 23-of-30 for 196 yards and two touchdowns and Gibson picked up 111 yards from scrimmage to pace the Washington offense. Tight end Logan Thomas caught the other touchdown, but left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

Carr only picked up 80 yards on 15 first half completions, but went 13-of-19 for 169 yards in a more productive second half for the Raiders offense. The slow start wound up costing the AFC West club, though, and they’re now 6-6 with a trip to Kansas City looming in Week 14. That looks like a must win if the Raiders are going to mount any kind of a playoff push down the stretch.

Washington is also 6-6, but they’ve gotten there with four straight wins and will close the year with five NFC East games, so they have a real shot at a playoff run and their push starts against the Cowboys next Sunday.

21 responses to “Washington squeezes past Raiders 17-15

  1. I feel like i can only be so mad at the few things the refs had a hand in, 3 seconds is alot in that situation to lose out on. With the WFT playing keep away recently you need to score Touchdowns and not Field Goals, Raiders had a few chances and fell short. We needed this win bad too.

  2. DB with a handful of Jones’ jersey with the ball in the air. First down inside the 20, Raiders kick FG and win.

    Except the ref is completely blind.

  3. We desperately need transparency, consistency and an understanding of why penalties are called and not just taunting. There’s a whole lot of Raiders wondering why plays on Thanksgiving were PI flagged and the same (or worse (in the final minute)) were not flagged.
    Id bet a lot of Dallas fans have the same thought.

  4. That should have been PI on the long pass attempt to Jones. We also got shorted time by the refs when Carr called the final timeout. Still, though, we had our chances. Getting TDs instead of FGs would have won us the game. The Raiders can’t blame that on anyone but themselves for their offensive woes.

  5. About the most blatant PI possible and the refs let it go? Or they didn’t see it? Baffling.

  6. Refs win another for the Wft org…personal foul on Crosby joke, mcclaurin hold a joke as he pushed off and pass interference on bomb not called all in critical game changing situations.these refs are horrible across the league this year deciding games and it’s really hurting the game. Raiders defense too gotta catch that horrible heiney pass at end.

  7. face it Raiders fans…you didn’t get the 160+ in penalties you needed last week to get the win. LOL

  8. Everyone that didn’t see the DB holding Jones with the ball in the air needs to watch it again. They even replayed it to show the DB had Jones’ jersey and pulled on it several times.

  9. The refs gifted Oakland their entire touchdown drive so no complaining from raiders fans. And McCain’s hand on the Jersey did not affect Jones’ ability to catch the ball. Clean play whether you like it or not.

  10. edouble says:
    December 5, 2021 at 9:19 pm
    The refs gifted Oakland their entire touchdown drive so no complaining from raiders fans. And McCain’s hand on the Jersey did not affect Jones’ ability to catch the ball. Clean play whether you like it or not.

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    Las Vegas, not Oakland. Until they move back I. 3 years..

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