Washington Football Team edges Las Vegas Raiders 17-15

Kirk Kern
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Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) throws the ball under pressure from Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Football Team held off a late Las Vegas Raiders rally with a game-winning field goal with less than a minute remaining for a 17-15 win in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The Las Vegas Raiders (6-6) trailed through most of the game, but had a chance to take the lead when they took possession after a Washington turnover at their own 39 yard line with 6:49 left in the game.

Quick passes from Derek Carr to Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow moved the ball to the Washington 32 yard line. Six plays later, Daniel Carlson converted a 37-yard field goal and the Las Vegas Raiders led 15-14 with 2:26 left in the game.

Washington (6-6) took over at its own 25 and drove to the Las Vegas 34 yard line. On fourth down, Brian Johnson hit a 48-yard field goal to put Washington up 17-15 with 41 seconds left.

The Raiders had the ball at their own 25 yard line with 31 seconds left in the game with a chance to drive for a game-winning field goal.

On first down, Carr took a deep shot to Jones but the pair couldn’t connect. On second down, Carr hit Renfrow for 11 yards with 10 seconds remaining.

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Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Washington Football Team cornerback Bobby McCain (20) breaks up a completion intended for Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones (7) during the final minute of the fourth quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Carr and Josh Jacobs connected on a short pass, setting up a last-second heave from Carr that was incomplete short of the end zone to end the game.

Carr passed for 200 yards, completing 23 of 30 passes with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Jacobs rushed for 52 yards and a score on 13 carries and Renfrow caught nine balls for 102 yards.

Taylor Heinicki completed 23 of 30 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for Washington. Antonio Gibson rushed for 88 yards on 23 carries and Logan Thomas caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Las Vegas Raiders score only TD early in fourth quarter

The Las Vegas Raiders scored their first touchdown of the game by driving 75 yards on five plays, with Josh Jacobs bouncing outside to the left and beating the defenders into the end zone with 10:47 left in the game.

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Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) is defended by Washington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The score cut the Washington lead to 14-12. The Las Vegas Raiders went for the two-point conversion to tie the score, but Carr’s pass to Bryan Edwards in the back of the end zone was high.

After the Las Vegas Raiders score, Washington was driving when rookie Nate Hobbs intercepted a Heinicki pass at the Las Vegas 30. Hobbs returned the interception to the Raiders 39 yard line.

Washington extends lead in early fourth quarter

Washington led by one early in the fourth quarter when Heinicke completed a touchdown pass to Gibson from four yards out to give Washington a 14-6 lead with 13:28 left in the game.

Washington drove 75 yards on nine plays for the score.

The Las Vegas Raiders cut the lead to 7-6 on a 39-yard Carlson field goal with 4:57 remaining in the third quarter. The Raiders drove 71 yards on nine plays.

Las Vegas Raiders trail by four at the half

Washington opened the game by marching 75 yards on nine plays, capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Heinicke to Logan Thomas, to take a 7-0 lead.

The teams traded punts until the Raiders Carlson converted on a 52-yard field goal with 9 seconds left in the first half.

The field goal completed a 10-play drive that covered 46 yards.