The Las Vegas Raiders lose a nail biter to the Washington Football Team 17-15
On Sunday, December 5, 2021, the Las Vegas Raiders lost a heartbreaker to the Washington Football Team, 17-15 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It came down to the very end. The Raiders were so-close to pushing their record to two games over .500. Instead, they lost a game they needed to win. On a positive note, the defense kept the Raiders in the game, but they were unable to secure the win in the end.
First Half Recap
Washington scored first, tight end Logan Thomas caught a seven-yard touch down pass from quarterback Taylor Heinicke giving the Football team a 7-0 lead.
With 0:04 left in the first half, Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson made a 52-yard field goal. The Raiders trailed Washington 7-3 at the break.
This week, a former member of the classic hip-hop group Run DMC performed in front of a packed house at Allegiant Stadium for halftime. His name is Run Rev. Run and he goes by the nickname “Rev. Run.” He brought every one together around the circle in the stadium. Everybody, young and old, enjoyed the halftime performance.
Second Half Recap
Carlson added another Raiders field goal. Washington led 7-6 after three. Early in the fourth, Antonio Gibson scored a 4-yard touchdown. The lead increased to 14-6 with 13:28 to play. The Raiders finally scored a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion cut the deficit to 14-12.
With just over two-minutes remaining, Carlson kicked a pivotal go-ahead field goal. The Raiders had their first lead of the game, 15-14.
On the Football team’s final drive, kicker Brian Johnson won the game with a 48-yard field goal. The Raiders were stopped on their final possession. Vegas losses a tough game 17-15.
Heinicke Comes Through in the clutch
On paper, the Raiders were the better team. The defense played well enough to give them a chance. The offense made less plays and left a bunch of points on the board. Washington’s defense played extremely well, limiting the Raiders high powered offense to just 15-points. The Football team scored 36 points the previous week.
In addition, Taylor Heinicke made plays for Washington when the team needed them the most. It just wasn’t meant to be for the Raiders. The Raiders played a good game, but this week, it just wasn’t enough.
The Raiders (6-6) will have another matchup next week with the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4). This time, the game is at GEHA Field at Arrowhead. The Chiefs play very well there. Their homes games are in front of packed and noisy crowds.
The Chiefs are coming off a big win at home over fellow AFC West division rival the Denver Broncos. The division is still very tight. The Raiders need to take care of business!
The cards will fall where they may, and the Raiders are looking for revenge after losing a tough game at home to the Chiefs. They let a competitive game become a blowout loss, (41-14).
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