Sunday Night Football: Raiders lead Chargers 17-14 at halftime

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Neither the Chargers nor the Raiders look like they’re playing for a tie, even though that result would get them both into the postseason.

Both teams scored in the last two minutes of the first half, but the Raiders’ touchdown gave them a 17-14 lead at halftime.

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler scored his second touchdown of the game to cap a 13-play, 90-yard drive that gave the club a four-point lead. Ekeler caught a screen behind the line of scrimmage and took it in for a 14-yard touchdown with 1:52 remaining in the first half.

But the Raiders responded well, converting a third-and-23 with running back Jalen Richard‘s run right to the sticks. Richard was initially ruled short but the play was overturned by the officials upon further review.

The Raiders then got a significant boost when Chargers defensive back Chris Harris was flagged for defensive pass interference in the end zone, even though receiver Zay Jones was nowhere close to where quarterback Derek Carr threw an uncatchable pass.

Nevertheless, the Raiders got the ball at the Chargers’ 1-yard line and running back Josh Jacobs took a handoff into the paint on the next play for a touchdown.

Jacobs has 20 yards on 10 carries with the score. Carr is 9-of-16 passing for 107 yards with a 12-yard touchdown to receiver Hunter Renfrow.

On the other side, quarterback Justin Herbert is 12-of-19 for 106 yards with a touchdown. Ekeler has been the star with 53 yards on nine carries, plus two catches for 28 yards.

Neither offense has been particularly good on third down, with Los Angeles going 2-of-5 and Las Vegas going 2-of-6.

If the Chargers win, they’ll play the Bills next week as the No. 6 seed. If the Raiders win, they’ll play the Bengals as the No. 5 seed.

If Sunday Night Football ends in a tie, the Raiders and Chargers will both make it to the postseason. But at least for now, it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case.

The Chargers will have the ball first to start the second half.

14 responses to “Sunday Night Football: Raiders lead Chargers 17-14 at halftime

  1. Look, I don’t have any skin in this game.

    But, that call exemplifies all of the issues that exist with NFL officiating that seem to keep getting worse.

    For people against PI Being a spot foul, It’s pretty hard to argue against them When you see garbage like that.

    It’s also a great example of why every call needs to be reviewable.

    pass interference is by far the most game breaking foul. Is that call literally change the Trajectory of This football game. Calls like that just simply can’t happen

  2. My god this coach for the chargers is a MORON!!!

    Just went for it on 4th and 1 from there OWN 18.

    Didn’t get it.

  3. Raiders made big changes at halftime, the Chargers did not. Two different games, Chargers moved the ball in first half, dont know what a football looks like in the second. This game is over for all practical purposes.
    Why the Chargers QB changed who he was, a runner and passer to just a drop back passer probably cost them this game. there is no offense.

  4. Wow the chargers head coach sucks. No team should ever hire a defensive coordinator to be head coach again. Staley is in over his head for sure. They don’t even have a good defense and that’s his specialty. Herbert deserves better.

  5. That was a fireable offense. He just cost the organization millions of dollars with that time out. He needs to be fired post game.

  6. Chargers head coach should be fired on the spot and not even allowed on the team plane for calling that timeout. The Raiders were going to let the clock run out hahahaha. You Blew It

  7. Chargers coach blew it. Wouldn’t even need the overtime if they didn’t give up that ridiculous FG after going for it from their 18 on 4th down for now good reason. There were other questionable calls as well. Dude is an idiot.

  8. Not sure why Brandon Staley called a timeout in O.T, Raiders were just trying to run the clock out…cost his team a playoff spot!

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