Raiders and Chargers end NFL regular season with dramatic finish

The NFL could not have asked for a more dramatic ending to the regular season than Sunday night’s finale between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.

With three different playoff scenarios hanging in the balance, including one that would have sent both teams to the post-season if they tied, the Raiders won 35-32 in overtime on a dramatic last-second field goal.

Besides the Raiders, the big winners from the game were the Pittsburgh Steelers who secured a playoff spot with the Chargers losing.

The game only reached overtime after a heroic performance from Justin Herbert, who kept the Chargers’ season alive with two late touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers had to convert on six plays on fourth down while facing elimination and according to Next Gen Stats, the odds were not in their favour.

Once in overtime, both teams traded field goals — further increasing the odds of the game ending in a tie.

But with the Raiders facing a key third down late in the overtime, the Chargers decided to call a timeout which proved to be decisive. That was followed by Raiders running back Josh Jacobs converting first down, which allowed the Raiders to let the clock run down before Daniel Carlson secured the win with a field goal.

After the game, many fans on Twitter were quick to criticize the Chargers’ decision to take a timeout.

To matter what you think of the decision, the Raiders had more incentive to win as it meant they avoid playing the Kansas City Chiefs in the next week’s wild-card round.

In the end, it appears that only Herbert wanted the game to end in a tie. Even more than those who could have made a fortune betting on that very possibility.

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