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Steelers cheer for Raiders’ decision to score game-winning goal instead of draw against Chargers

Steelers cheer for Raiders' decision to score game-winning goal instead of draw against Chargers

Football fans across the country have probably never hoped for a tie more than they did on Sunday.

The Chargers and Raiders entered “Sunday Night Football” in what had been argued as a nightmare scenario for the NFL, with the two teams only needing a series of kneeling to slow the clock down and tie to reach the playoffs.

But the division’s rivals engaged in a dramatic back-and-forth battle that seemed to be heading for a tie anyway as the Raiders slowed down in overtime with seconds to go. Then, a timeout from Chargers coach Brandon Staley and a first try from Josh Jacobs of the Raiders saw Las Vegas score the game-winning goal when time ran out, dashing fans’ hopes for a equality.

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The game seemed doomed to a stalemate after the Chargers tied the game 32-32 with 4:35 left in overtime. The Raiders started moving down the field, but after the two-minute warning they were just running the ball and clearing the clock.

With 1:20 to go, Jacobs rushed 7 yards for the Chargers 39, and the clock kept ticking. Staley called a timeout remaining with 38 seconds left, using the first of his two in overtime.

Jacobs took a transfer after the timeout and carried it an additional 10 yards until Los Angeles 29. From there, the Raiders reduced the clock to two seconds before calling a time-out. Daniel Carlson made the 47-yard kick easy as he lost out to Los Angeles in the playoffs and won the game 35-32.

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The result certainly made a lot of people in Pittsburgh happy, as an in-game win meant the Steelers would enter the playoffs as the AFC’s No.7 seed, the Raiders moving up to fifth place. Las Vegas will face the Bengals in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh entered the day with waning playoff hopes, ahead of a.) Beating the Ravens, b.) Losing the Colts to the Jaguars and c.) Winning the Chargers or Raiders on Sunday night. What seemed like a long shot finally became a reality, and of course the Steelers were ready to celebrate after the Raiders won.

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That didn’t make the outcome any easier for NFL fans hoping for a tie, however. What would have been a wild storyline ended with a final score that left them wondering what could have been.

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