Las Vegas Raiders edge Colts 23-20 to keep playoff hopes alive

Kirk Kern
NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts
Jan 2, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) gives his gloves to a kid with a sign that reads he was willing to trade his uncle for anything raiders related after their win against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Raiders won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Carlson’s 33-yard field goal as time expired gave the visiting Las Vegas Raiders a 23-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Jan. 2.

The Raiders (9-7) came into the game knowing if they won their final two games of the season, they would be a playoff team. Beating the Colts (9-7) was the first of those two games, meaning the Raiders playoff destiny is in their own hands with a win at home next week against the Los Angeles Chargers.

On their game-winning final drive, Derek Carr connected with Hunter Renfrow on a third-and-10 from the Indianapolis 48 that was originally called a touchdown, but was later reversed. However, the play still converted the first down.

With a first down at the Indianapolis 24 yard line, the Raiders ran Jacobs up the middle on three straight downs, setting up a Daniel Carlson 33-yard field goal with two seconds left to win the game.

Carr finished the game with 255 yards on 24-of-31 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Jacobs rushed for 63 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown and Zay Jones caught eight passes for 120 yards.

For the Colts, Carson Wentz threw for 148 yards on 15-of-27 passing with one touchdown.

Jonathan Taylor rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown and Michael Pittman caught six passes for 47 yards.

The Raiders took a fourth-quarter lead with 11:18 remaining in the game when Carr and Renfrow connected on fourth down for a 11-yard touchdown pass.

The score put the Raiders up 20-17 and capped a 6-play, 62-yard drive.

The Colts next possession consumed 9:18 off the clock and ended when Michael Badgley hit a 41-yard field goal to tie the score at 20-20 with 1:56 left in the game.

Colts jump out to lead early in second half

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates after a touchdown Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Colts opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive that took only six plays and finished with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to T.Y. Hilton.

That gave Indianapolis their first lead of the game at 17-13.

Carr was intercepted on the next drive, giving the Colts the ball at their own 42 yard line, but the Raiders defense forced a punt on the next drive.

Las Vegas Raiders lead at the half

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts
Jan 2, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) runs the ball while Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye (51) defends in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders came out strong to start the game, marching 75 yards on their opening possession, capped by a Jacobs 2-yard touchdown run. The 12-play drive took 7:59 off the clock.

Carr was intercepted on the Raiders second drive, giving the Colts possession at their own 14 yard line, but the Las Vegas defense forced a punt.

The Raiders took over at their own 35 yard line and drove down to the Indianapolis 29 yard line, but Carr was sacked and Carlson had to come in and convert a 47-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 with 14:12 left in the second quarter.

The Colts answered with a field goal of their own on their next drive a Badgley hit a 46-yard field goal with 10:07 remaining in the half.

After the two teams traded punts, the Raiders extended their lead to 13-3 on a Carlson 44-yard field goal with 1:47 left in the half.

But the Colts closed the score to 17-13 when Taylor plunged in from the 1-yard line wit 1 second remaining in the half. The Colts drove 60 yard in 1:46 for the score.