Justin Herbert scored on 1-yard plunge to present the Los Angeles Chargers a 30-27 extra time victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday evening.
The Chargers (5-9) snapped a nine-game dropping streak towards their AFC West counterparts. The Raiders (7-7) misplaced quarterback Derek Carr to a left groin damage within the first quarter. They’ve misplaced 4 of 5, all however killing their playoff probabilities.
Moments after Daniel Carlson’s 23-yard area objective on the Raiders’ first possession put Las Vegas forward 27-24, Herbert discovered wideout Jalen Guyton streaking by cornerback Keisean Nixon for a 53-yard reception to arrange for the profitable rating.
Herbert, who focused 9 receivers and accomplished at the least one move with seven, was 22 for 32 with 314 yards an two touchdowns. He set an NFL rookie document together with his eighth 300-yard recreation.
For the Raiders, the storyline rapidly modified from must-win to remain alive within the playoff hunt, to how-to win with backup Marcus Mariota seeing his first motion as a Raider.
Simply 4 days after firing their defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, plus lacking 4 starters on defence, and having their offensive coordinator Greg Olson sidelined after testing constructive for COVID-19, the Raiders misplaced Carr when he got here up lame on a third-down scramble close to the objective line within the first quarter. Carr instantly went to the locker room and didn’t return.
Mariota, the No. 2 general decide in 2015 by Tennessee, hadn’t appeared in a recreation since he stepped into the Titans’ playoff recreation in Kansas Metropolis on Jan. 19. The sixth-year professional was in for one snap in every of the Titans’ three playoff video games final season and hadn’t thrown a landing since a 24-10 win in Atlanta on Sept. 29, 2019.
He was poised in his return from the primary snap.
On his first drive, he was three for three for 70 yards and a wonderfully positioned over-the-top move to Darren Waller. Mariota additionally scrambled for 11 yards for a primary down.
However the Chargers made fast work of their ultimate possession within the first-half, and took a 17-10 lead into the locker room after Herbert picked aside Las Vegas’ decimated secondary with an identical consecutive performs. After connecting with KJ Hill for 26 yards on third down, Herbert discovered Tyron Johnson for a 26-yard TD strike. It was Herbert’s 27th landing move, tying him with Baker Mayfield for many by a rookie in NFL historical past.
Mariota carried his magic into the second half, main the Raiders down area on their first drive of the second half. Josh Jacobs dove head first over the pile and into the top zone to tie it.
Mariota completed 17 of 28 for 226 yards with one TD and one interception. He additionally rushed for 88 yards on 9 carries, together with a landing. Mariota grew to become simply the third Raider to move for 150 yards, rush for 50 yards, throw one TD and rush for one more in the identical recreation, becoming a member of Wealthy Gannon (2000) and Vince Evans (1987).