Derek Carr, Raiders Head Coach Confirm They Were Playing For The Tie, Changed Minds Following Brandon Staley’s Bizarre Timeout

Derek Carr, Raiders Head Coach Confirm They Were Playing For The Tie

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The final game of the 2021 NFL regular season certainly delivered last night, as the win-and-you’re-in matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers literally came down to the last second, as the Raiders kicked an overtime-ending field goal to send themselves to the postseason, which subsequently cost phenom QB Justin Herbert and the Chargers a playoff berth.

It didn’t have to be that way, though, as a tie would’ve seen both teams head to the playoffs, knocking out the Pittsburgh Steelers in the process. A tie was certainly on the minds of the Raiders during their final drive, as quarterback Derek Carr and head coach Rich Bisaccia have effectively admitted that they were playing for a stalemate and that the controversial late timeout from Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is what caused them to alter course.

Staley’s timeout was just one of many controversially aggressive decisions he made during both the game and the season at large. For example, trailing by three points with 9:41 remaining in the third quarter, Staley opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Chargers’ 18. The Chargers were stuffed and turned the ball over to the Raiders, who were able to convert the opportunity into three points. The Raiders ultimately won by — you guessed it — three points.

As a result of the Raiders win, the playoffs will begin on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when Las Vegas, the #5 seed in the AFC, heads to Cincinnati to take on the #4 seed Bengals. Saturday’s action will then conclude with a matchup between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills.

Then, on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles will face the Tampa Bay Bucs, the San Fransisco 49ers will take on the Dallas Cowboys, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will visit the Kansas City Chiefs. Finally, on Monday, to close out Super Wild Card Weekend, the Arizona Cardinals will head up to Los Angeles to take on the Rams for the third time this season.

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