49’ers and Raiders clinch playoff berths with OT wins

The season came down to the last week and the last game for the 49’ers and Raiders, and even that wasn’t enough as both teams won in overtime, clinching a playoff berth.

The 49’ers played the Los Angeles Rams in LA. After trailing 17-0 late in the second quarter, the 49’ers kicked a field goal as time expired in the first half. The 49’ers then scored two 3rd quarter touchdowns to tie the game.

The Rams scored a touchdown with 2:29 left on a 4-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp. That set the stage for Jimmy Garoppolo to lead the 49’ers on a game-tying drive that ended with a 14-yard pass to Jauan Jennings with 26 seconds left, sending the game into overtime.

The 49’ers won the coin toss and went on a 12 play, 69-yard drive that took up 7 minutes and 15 seconds and ended with a field goal by Robbie Gould. The Rams then got the ball with a chance to win or tie the game. On the 5th play of the drive Stafford was intercepted by Ambry Thomas ending the game.

The Raiders entered last night’s game needing a tie or a win against the Los Angeles Chargers to get to the playoffs. A tie would have sent both teams to the playoffs.

The Raiders jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead. The Chargers answered with two second-quarter touchdowns to take the lead. The Raiders then scored a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the first half to take a 17-14 lead.

The Raiders then added a third-quarter field goal and started the fourth quarter with a touchdown but missed the two-point conversion. They followed that with a field goal to take a 29-14 lead with just a little over 8 minutes left in the game.

The Chargers then scored a touchdown with 4:28 left in the game. The Raiders then went three and out. The Chargers went on a 19-play, 83-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown pass as the fourth quarter ended, tying the game at 29-29.

The Raiders won the coin toss and drove down the field and kicked a field goal to take the lead. The Chargers responded with a field goal of their own. With 4:30 left in overtime, the Raiders got the ball back. At that point, they could have run out the clock and both teams would have gone onto the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers were at home watching needing only for there not to be a tie to make it to the playoffs.

The Raiders moved the ball into field goal range and Dan Carlson kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Raiders and the Steelers to the playoffs.

Here’s a rundown of the playoff picture next week


Saturday, Jan. 15

AFC: 4:30 p.m. (ET) No. 5 seed Las Vegas Raiders at No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals (NBC, Peacock, Universo)

AFC: 8:15 p.m. (ET) No. 6 New England Patriots at No. 3 Buffalo Bills (CBS, Paramount+)

Sunday, Jan. 16

NFC: 1:00 p.m. (ET) No. 7 Philadelphia Eagles at No. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX, FOX Deportes)

NFC: 4:30 p.m. (ET) No. 6 San Francisco 49ers at No. 3 Dallas Cowboys (CBS, Paramount+, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime Video)

AFC: 8:15 p.m. (ET) No. 7 Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs (NBC, Peacock, Telemundo)

Monday, Jan. 17

NFC: 8:15 p.m. (ET) No. 5 Arizona Cardinals at No. 4 Los Angeles Rams (ESPN/ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes)

The NFC’s top-seeded Green Bay Packers and the AFC’s top-seeded Tennessee Titans are on bye.

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