Daniel Carlson kicks Las Vegas Raiders to 16-14 victory over Browns

Kirk Kern
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Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) and holder A.J. Cole (6) celebrate after Carlson kicked the game winning field goal as Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) walks off the field during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Carlson kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired as the Las Vegas Raiders came back to beat the Cleveland Browns, 16-14, Monday evening in Cleveland.

The Raiders led most of the game until the Browns mounted a 14-play, 80-yard drive to take a 14-13 lead with 3:45 left in the game. Nick Mullens connected with Harrison Bryant for a six-yard touchdown pass to give the Browns one-point lead.

On the ensuing drive, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was intercepted while trying to throw deep to Zay Jones, giving the the Browns the ball with 2:59 left in the game. But the Browns managed only three plays, punting the ball back to the Raiders with 1:50 remaining.

After an incomplete pass on first down, Carr then completed six straight passes before spiking the ball at the Cleveland 30 yard line with four seconds remaining, setting up Carlson’s game-winner.

Carr completed 25 of 38 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. Josh Jacobs led the Raiders rushing attack with 52 yards on 15 carries while Foster Moreau caught seven passes for 65 yards. 

For the Browns, third-string quarterback Nick Mullens passed for 147 yards on 20 of 30 passing with one touchdown. Nick Chubb rushed for 90 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown and Donovan Peoples-Jones caught four passes for 48 yards.

Las Vegas Raiders get off to fast start

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns
Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) walks off the field at the end of the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

On their first drive, the Raiders drove 58 yards on 11 plays, capped by a Carr to Bryan Edwards 5-yard touchdown pass. 

Late in the second quarter, Las Vegas extended its lead to 10-0 on a 24-yard field goal by Carlson with 56 seconds left before the intermission. The Raiders had three shots for a touchdown from the Cleveland 6 yard line, but Carr couldn’t connect on two passes to Hunter Renfrow and was forced to scramble on third down.

Just before the half, Cleveland’s Chase McLaughlin missed a 47-yard field goal.

Cleveland Browns pick up the pace in second half

Cleveland cut the lead to 10-7 midway through the third quarter as Chubb scored on a 4-yard run. The Browns drove 80 yards on 14 plays, consuming 8:22 on the clock.

The Raiders answered, however, on their next drive as Carlson made a 40-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter to give the Raiders a 13-7 lead.