Week 18 was a big one, with plenty on the line.
The Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers found themselves in a “win and you’re in” scenario. They battled through regulation with the Las Vegas Raiders blowing a two-touchdown lead. Overtime led to the trading of field goals, setting the stage for a dramatic finish.
The Raiders had the ball in the final two minutes and appeared to be content with the decision to run the clock out when Chargers coach Brandon Staley confusingly called a time out. The Raiders ended up making it to the line to gain, and were then able to kick the game winning field goal as a result.
DANIEL CARLSON FOR THE WIN.
— NFL (@NFL) January 10, 2022
Following the game, Derek Carr spoke on the NBC broadcast and explained that the timeout “definitely did” change the Raiders strategy.
Derek Carr on whether the Chargers late timeout shifted the Raiders strategy at the end of OT.
"Yeah, it definitely did."
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 10, 2022
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So why did Staley call that timeout?
Twitter went in:
I’m not kidding when I say Brandon Staley taking that timeout is the worst call in sports history. Raiders were clearly content on running it out. Chargers were guaranteed a playoff spot and he said “nope”
— Tommy Smokes (@TomScibelli) January 10, 2022
That timeout cost them the season! https://t.co/3HgXljmYwx
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 10, 2022
Why the chargers call a timeout???
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 10, 2022
Taking a timeout there is a fireable offense.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 10, 2022
It really seemed like the Raiders we’re gonna let the clock run out…until the Chargers called timeout
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) January 10, 2022
EVEN THE CHRIS WEBBER DONT CALL THAT TIMEOUT
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) January 10, 2022
Staley wanted a timeout? Cool. He is getting the longest timeout in football:
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) January 10, 2022
Chargers calling the timeout there pic.twitter.com/sTwkiwpoJd
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) January 10, 2022
It’s gonna be a long offseason for Staley and the Chargers.