Carr punches ticket to first NFL playoff in Raiders’ wild OT win over Chargers

For the second time since their 2002 Super Bowl season, the Raiders are heading to the playoffs. For Derek Carr, it’s the opportunity he’s sought since his 2016 injury.

The Raiders, after a season filled with an unusual amount of turmoil and adversity, are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, just their second postseason appearance since playing in Super Bowl XXXVII following the 2002 season.

A white-knuckle 35-32 overtime victory against the AFC West rival Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night at a raucous Allegiant Stadium clinched a wild-card spot for the Raiders and the No. 5 seed in the AFC.


The Raiders (10-7) will now travel to face the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Bengals beat the Raiders 32-13 in Las Vegas on Nov. 21.

A 47-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson with no time on the clock in OT — after the teams traded field goals to start the extra period — ended the game. It was the Raiders’ record sixth walk-off win of the season, the most since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

“We’ve been in this situation before,” Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia said. “Derek [Carr] has been in two-minute situations before; he’s been in four-minute situations before. Our defense has had to come up with stops at the end of the game. So you just can’t say enough about how this team prepares. … I just know they believe in each other when they go out there.

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