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 stumbled on a similar attempt in the previous game only to dive over Scrimage’s line to retrieve the ball into the final zone by Los Angeles. But as only fumblers could advance the fumble within the final two minutes, the ball came back to the 1-yard line to give Herbert a second try on the winning score.
The Raiders took the lead moments before a 23-yard field goal on Daniel Carlson’s over-the-open drive as his drive stalled inside the Chargers’ 5-yard line. A pair of runs were loaded by Josh Jacobs and a third down pass to fullback Alec Ingold forced a Carlson field goal as the Raiders took a 27-24 lead.
After the third defensive pass interference call of the night against Tryvon Mullen, Herbert hit Jalen Gutton for a 53-yard strike at the Las Vegas 2-yard line. The Chargers turned in three straight runs for Herbert, with an unnecessary roughness as Nick Kvitieowski moved the ball to 1 before the ball dived into the end zone.
Herbert completed 22-of-32 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers.
The loss jolted the Raiders’ playoff opportunities. They are making a huge mistake from Gregg Williams, a five-game losing streak.
But the chargers tried to remove the charger several times.
With the game tied 24-24 for just two minutes in regulation, Chris Harris Jr. intercepted Mariota, thrown behind Zay Jones, to reverse the script with two minutes remaining. Harris returned the pick before catching Mariota at the Raider’s 33 yards line.
Mariota was playing in place of an injured Derek Carr, who left the game in the second series of the night with a groin injury and did not return.
The Chargers would quickly make a three-and-out, which saw Justin Herbert sacked for a loss in the third to try for a 51-yard field goal. Michael Badley left the game with 53 seconds left to tie the upcoming game 24-24. It was Baizley’s ninth field goal of the season and the 12th miss in 29 attempts overall, the most by any kicker in the league and his second miss of the night.
The Raiders would only be able to get past midfield before Carlson would attempt a 65-yard field goal to win the game. Instead, the hold was severed and AJ Cole had to be ruled out of the game as the game progressed to overtime.
Mirota did well in Carr’s relief for much of the night. He completed 17-of-28 passes for 226 yards with one touchdown and one interception, as well as a stunning touchdown and 88 yards on the ground.