AFC Wild Card playoffs: Raiders fall a touchdown short as Bengals eliminate Las Vegas 26-19 at Paul Brown

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looking to find a receiver as he prepares to throw against the Las Vegas Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati Sat Jan 15, 2022 in the AFC Wild Card game (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

It was a heartbreaker the Las Vegas Raiders (10-8) in the AFC Wild Card game. In the first half the Raiders couldn’t take a lead into the dressing room at the half with the halftime score at 20-13 and it was all defense. Both teams in the second half didn’t score much and the Raiders could only muster up two field goals. The Cincinnati Bengals (11-7) scored six points in the fourth quarter and it was enough for the win. The Bengals pulled ahead in the fourth quarter with six points and a 26-19 victory to advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow led the Bengals on offensive scoring on six drives, Burrow threw for two touchdowns and kicker Evan McPherson kicked for four field goals not bad for the rookie in a pressure game like the AFC Playoffs and helped the Bengals get a victory over the Raiders.

It was the Bengals first post season win in 31 years and after eight consecutive playoff defeats to finally pick up a post season victory. The Raiders had brought the ball up to the Bengals nine yard line on fourth down Carr got picked off by the Bengals Germaine Pratt in a crucial turnover that costed if not for the pickoff Carr and the Raiders could have possibly got that crucial touchdown that would have made all the difference.

The Bengals got some plays that should have been called for penalties where the officials should have thrown a flag but did not and allowed Burrow to throw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd that could have been called back.

The Raiders have not been to the playoffs since 2016 when they lost to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round. The Raiders who had lost five of six games previous to going on that four game win streak just got into the post season with the win streak. The last time the Raiders advanced in the post season was back in 2002 when they won the AFC Championship and got into the Super Bowl.

What really hurt the Raiders was the Bengals scored a perfect four for four in scoring drives in the first half and that really took the Raiders out of their game. There was one play where the official blew the whistle and thought Burrow had rolled to his right and called him out of bounds but the play was able to count. Burrow later threw a ten yard pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd who caught it in the back of the end zone to put the Bengals up 20-6.

The Raiders had argued on the play that it should not have counted and the ball should have been returned to where it was previously spotted. Burrow threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals are having such a good season it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them advance again no matter who they play next.

Rich Perez was the Raiders beat writer for the 2021-22 Raiders season for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders meet Bengals for second time this season; AFC Wild Card round kicks off Saturday in Cincinnati

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws against the Los Angeles Chargers defense in the first half at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday Night Football Jan 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 First of all Tony it’s just incredible how the Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) were able to edge out the Los Angeles Chargers (9-8) on Sunday Night Football 35-32 in overtime.

#2 The game was a close one, a cliffhanger, a nail biter, with the score tied at 32-32 the Raiders pulled it off in overtime to get kicker Daniel Carlson in field position to kick a 47 yard field goal for the three point 37-35 win.

#3 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, Carr kept the offense moving down field on the Chargers all game long just enough to pull ahead in the fourth quarter only to see the Chargers tie it 29-29 and force overtime and see the game tied up again 32-32 before Carlson’s game winning field goal.

#4 The Raiders have now won four straight games by three or less points and it was those tight games that got them a playoff birth after losing five out of six games they recovered and here they are in the post season.

#5 The Raiders are in Cincinnati to face the Bengals (6-4) for the second time this season. The last time the two teams met was back on Nov 21st when the Bengals handled the Raiders pretty well 32-13. The Bengals have won eight of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Browns (8-9) defeated them in the last game 21-16 in Cleveland. Tony give us your thoughts on who wins this Wild Card game on Saturday.

Tony does the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

AFC Wild Card game/Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Carlson has been the key to Raiders playoff drive

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) hits a 47 yarder in the closing seconds of overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday Night Football Jan 9, 2022 (USA Today photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 First of all Rich it’s just incredible how the Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) were able to edge out the Los Angeles Chargers (9-8) on Sunday Night Football 35-32 in overtime.

#2 The game was a close one, a cliffhanger, a nail biter, with the score tied at 32-32 the Raiders pulled it off in overtime to get kicker Daniel Carlson in field position to kick a 47 yard field goal for the three point 37-35 win.

#3 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, Carr kept the offense moving down field on the Chargers all game long just enough to pull ahead in the fourth quarter only to see the Chargers tie it 29-29 and force overtime and see the game tied up again 32-32 before Carlson’s game winning field goal.

#4 The Raiders have now won four straight games by three or less points and it was those tight games that got them a playoff birth after losing five out of six games they recovered and here they are in the post season.

#5 The Raiders are in Cincinnati to face the Bengals (6-4) for the second time this season. The last time the two teams met was back on Nov 21st when the Bengals handled the Raiders pretty well 32-13. The Bengals have won eight of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Browns (8-9) defeated them in the last game 21-16 in Cleveland. Rich give us your thoughts on who wins this Wild Card game on Saturday.

Rich does the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

49ers blow big lead, save face in 26-23 OT win over Bengals

San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle (85) catches a first half touchdown pass against Cincinnati Bengals’ Chidobe Awuzie (22) at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Sun Dec 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

They don’t always have to look pretty to count in the standings.

The San Francisco 49ers blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter but rebounded to win 26-23 in overtime over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.

San Francisco has won four of its past five games and currently sit in the sixth place and the second wild card spot in the NFC. In losing their two out of their past three games, Cincinnati have dropped from sixth to ninth in the AFC.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw an out route to Brandon Aiyuk from 11 yards out with two minutes left in overtime as Aiyuk dived for the pylon as he was pushed out of bounds. After a replay review, it was determined Aiyuk crossed the plain of the goal line for the game winning touchdown.

“It was a dog fight that whole game,” said Garoppolo. “Guys were battling, we knew it was going to be a 60-minute game, a little extra in this case, it was everything that we could’ve asked for. It was a fun night.”

Cincinnati (7-6) were able to force on what looked to have been an unforeseeable overtime on two fourth quarter touchdown drives from quarterback Joe Burrow.

Burrow found Jamar Chase in the back of the endzone after the pocket collapsed and Burrow scrambled to his right throwing off his back foot. Niners saftey Jaquiski Tartt lost sight of Chase who kept his balance for his ninth touchdown reception of the season.

Cincinnati went on a seven play, 87-yard drive capped off when Burrow took advantage of one-on-one coverage and threw a 32-yard touchdown reception to Chase who beat rookie cornerback Ambry Thomas for his second touchdown of the game and his team leading 10th of the season.

The Bengals won the coin toss and received the ball first in overtime. Burrow was able to lead them down the field for an Evan McPherson 41-yard field goal to go up 23-20 with 6:15 remaining in the extra session.

The 49ers were without rookie running back Elijah Mitchell who was inactive with an injury. They did however get wide receiver Deebo Samuel back from his injury.

San Francisco was in control of the game for the first three quarters of the game as they were up 20-6 as they entered the fourth quarter.

After a first quarter that saw each team exchange field goals, the 49ers offense began to click in the second quarter.

San Francisco (7-6) went on a six-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 27-yard end around rushing touchdown by Samuel to go up 10-3 early in the second quarter.

Samuel, the hybrid wide receiver and running back, has six rushing touchdowns on the season compared to just five receiving touchdowns.

The 49ers were the recipient of two muffed punts by Darius Phillips in the first half. They converted both turnovers into touchdown drives.

The second happened with 56 seconds left in the half. Garpollo needed just four plays and 39 seconds to cash in when he found tight end George Kittle for a 14-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left.

Kittle had arguably his best game in a 49er’s uniforms. His stat line was impressive as led all receivers with 15 catches for 151 yards and one touchdown. However, the majority of his catches were made in clutch situations and ability to make tough catches look easy were critical in keeping drives alive for San Francisco.

On a third and 10 with under a minute remaining in regulation, Kittle reached up to the heavens to pull down a high pass from Garoppolo to the Bengals 29-yard line setting up kicker Robbie Gould’s potential winning 47-yard field goal that Gould ended up missing, setting up the overtime.

In the overtime, Kittle had three catches to convert three third down conversions, something the 49ers struggled with throughout the game, to help set up Aiyuk’s heroics at the end.

“Jimmy made some plays there at the end that I thought were huge,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. I think we’re a hard team to beat when we don’t turn it over. Kittle was huge. He made some really big plays on that last drive.”

San Francisco’s defense kept pressure on Burrow as they sacked him four times and forced the Benglas into field goals instead of touchdowns when Cincinnati was inside the red zone.

Cincinnati was able to sack Garoppolo five times as their front four did a great job collapsing the pocket and leaving Garoppolo with nowhere to go.

Garoppolo finished 27 of 41 for 296 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions to go along with a 103.3 QB rating. Jeff Wilson Jr., who replaced Mitchell in the starting lineup, rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries. Samuel finished 37 yards on eight carries.

Burrow went 25 of 34 for 348 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions with a 125.6 rating. Tee Higgins led the Bengals in receiving with five catches for 114 yards. Joe Mixon had just 58 yards on 18 carries as the Niners defense kept him at bay for the majority of the game.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 5-for-15 on third down conversions. Cincinnati was 4-for-13.

Shanahan mentioned after the game that Dontae Johnson’s mother Holly Garner had a heart attack and passed away this morning in explaining Jonhson’s absence from the team today.

UP NEXT: San Francisco return home to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday 12/19 at 1:05pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Deebo could be in line up today; Mitchell will sit out against Cincinnati today

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) pushes his way into the end zone for a second half touchdown against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jordyn Brooks, top, and cornerback D.J. Reed (below) during Sun Oct 3, 2021 game in Santa Clara. Samuel might be returning for today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (AP file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers (6-6) wide receiver Deebo Samuel says he’s feeling good and is almost ready to come back from his groin injury to face the Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) this Sunday.

#2 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell will be out of commission this Sunday against the Bengals as he’s still trying to recover from his concussion and knee injury. Mitchell has had his setbacks with injuries he had a shoulder and broken finger which caused him to miss two games.

#3 Cornerback Dontae Johnson will not play in Cincinnati Sunday due to a personal matter. Johnson was supposed to take Emmanuel Mosley’s spot but Mosely will not start and the 49ers will start Deommodore Lenoir or Ambry Thomas both are rookies that said will coach Shanahan be concerned about how the corner position is played Sunday?

#4 The Bengals have won five out of their last eight games most recently taking a 41-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers (7-5). The Bengals just simply couldn’t generate any offense against the Chargers getting shutout in the first and fourth quarters. Joe how do you see the 49ers and Bengals matching up today in Cincinnati.

#5 Last week Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 300 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. How do you see the 49ers defending against Burrow and his passing game today.

Join J Hawkes for the 49ers podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Cannon in concussion protocols out of hospital; 49ers try to rebound in Cincinnati Sunday

San Francisco 49ers running back Trent Cannon is laid out with a concussion after the opening kick off at Lumen Field in Seattle against the Seahawks on Sun Dec 5, 2021. (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, loss for the San Francisco 49ers (6-6) bad in Seattle against Seahawks (4-8) do you view this just as a bad outing and it’s on to Cincinnati and the Bengals (7-5) next Sunday or is a there a something to worry about take away?

#2 Regarding the concussion sustained by running back Trenton Cannon on the first play of last Sunday’s game head coach Kyle Shanahan says Cannon had been discharged from the hospital. Cannon flew back into San Jose on Monday a day after the game.

#3 The 49ers next opponent the Cincinnati Bengals have been going well winning six of their last nine games. The Bengals got crushed in their last game by the Los Angeles Chargers (7-5) 41-22 on their home field in Cincinnati. Dave how do you see the 49ers and Bengals matching up for this Sunday.

Join David Zizmor for the San Francisco 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders game wrap: Raiders drop third straight game 32-13; Bengals snap two game loss streak

The picture is worth a thousand words as Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) goes to recover a fumble by Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) who is laid out which pretty much summed up the Raiders afternoon on Sun Nov 21, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

The Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) dropped their third straight game on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to the Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) 32-13. For the Bengals they snapped their two game loss streak. Bengals running back Joe Mixon rushed for 132 yards and carried for two touchdowns to contribute to the Bengals offense.

The Bengals who had a bye last week came out well rested and had quite a fourth quarter scoring 19 points to pretty much put the game out of reach. The win also puts the Bengals right back in playoff contention in the AFC North.

The game was so out of hand for the Raiders that Bengals kicker Evan McPherson didn’t feel any pressure kicking field goals becoming the 13th kicker in NFL history to kick three field goals over 50 yards in a game. The Bengals defense did their job holding the Raiders to under 300 yards at 278 yards of offense the second time Cincinnati has done it against an opponent this season.

On offense for the Raiders the 278 yards of offense was their third lowest total for 2021. It was another rough afternoon for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr with 19 completions out of 27 attempts for 215 yards, one touchdown and an interception. The Raiders first half on offense was atrocious they scored a field goal only in each of the first and second quarters and got shutout in the third quarter giving them virtually no chance at all to catch the Bengals.

The Raiders had six chances to get a first down and couldn’t making it 14 straight non first down conversions over two games (see last week against Kansas City Chiefs). The Raiders after their former head coach Jon Gruden resigned back on Oct 10th after losing to the Chicago Bears 20-9 won two straight games against the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles.

lt was Nov 2 when former running back Henry Ruggs III was DUI and killed Tina Tinton of Las Vegas and was put under house arrest and soon released by the Raiders. Then on Nov 5th Raider cornerback Damon Arnette video recorded himself holding an automatic rifle with a scope threatening a fan on social media after posting the video on social media the Raiders general manager Mark Mayock announced Arnette had been released. Since that week the Raiders have been a struggling team.

The Raiders hope to turn things around this Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys (7-3). The Cowboys have won four out of their last six games but lost their last game Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) 19-9. A 1:30 pm PST kick off for the Raiders and Cowboys this Thu Nov 25th.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders hope to snap two game skid against Bengals Sunday at Allegiant

Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) catches a touchdown pass in the second half as Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram (24) defends at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas Sun Nov 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 What a way for the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) to turn things around with a big win over the Las Vegas Raiders (5-4) on Sunday Night Football 41-14 and Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes got all the time he needed to throw the ball for five touchdowns.

#2 This was the third time for Mahomes to throw over 400 yards and five touchdowns since he was drafted in 2017 and became the first player have both of them without throwing an interception.

#3 Meanwhile the Raiders just simply looked like they were going empty handed it just seemed no matter what the defense did the Chiefs just found ways to break through the Chiefs never let up on scoring throughout the game.

#4 Former Raider wide receiver Henry Ruggs III failed to take an alcohol test on Wed Nov 17th as ordered by the court Las Vegas Judge Suzan Baucum ordered Ruggs back in court. Ruggs had been under house arrest he is waiting for his preliminary for felony DUI causing death and other serious charges. Ruggs attorney David Chesnoff told Baucum there was something wrong with the testing equipment. Baucum told Chesnoff it didn’t matter. Ruggs could get confinement in Las Vegas jail for missing the test as strict guidelines were made in order for Ruggs to get house arrest.

#5 The Raiders host the Cincinnati Bengals (5-4), the Raiders are coming off two straight loses and the Bengals have lost their last two games likewise. In their last game last Sunday the Cleveland Browns upended the Bengals 41-16. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw 28-40 for 282 yards, and two interceptions. Rich how do you see this match up between the Bengals and Raiders this Sunday.

Rich Perez filled in for Tony Renteria on the Raiders podcasts heard each Thursday and with Rich Perez Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Bills going into playoffs red hot who can stop them?; Don’t count out Wilson and the Seahawks; plus more

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Josh Allen (17) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 Jessica were going to take a look at the NFL Playoffs games for this Saturday and Sunday and we’ll start with the red hot Buffalo Bills (13-3) who will be hosting the Indianapolis Colts (11-5). The Bills used two quarterbacks in their last game against Miami Dolphins with Bills starting quarterback Josh Allen 224 yards passing and three touchdowns. Allen should be a force against the Colts this Saturday.

#2 The Seattle Seahawks (12-4) are coming off a win against the San Francisco 49ers 26-23 in Arizona. The Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 181 yards, two touchdowns against the 49ers. The Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams (10-6) for this Saturday’s playoff game.

#3 Jessica in the third playoff game scheduled for this Saturday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) are in Washington to face Team Washington (7-9). In the Bucs last game they handled the Atlanta Falcons (4-12) with a 44-27 win. How do you see them matching up against Washington as they come in favored.

#4 Sunday playoff games start with Baltimore Ravens (11-5) at the Tennessee Titans (11-5). The Ravens quarterback LeMar Jackson threw for 118 yards and three touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday 38-3 and the Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill who help defeat the Houston Texans 41-38 threw for 216 yards and one touchdown.

#5 The Chicago Bears (8-8) will visit the New Orleans Saints (12-4) this Sunday at the Superdome. The Saints made easy work of the Carolina Panthers (5-11) to close out their regular season 33-7 in last Sunday’s game. Quarterback Drew Brees who came off rib injuries threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Talk about who you like in the Bears and Saints match up.

#6 To close out the playoff schedule on Sunday Night Football playoffs the Cleveland Browns (11-5) who defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) last Sunday 24-22. Frustrations got so heated that the Steelers had some pushing and shoving among teammates. The Steelers who didn’t have starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the line up started Mason Rudolph 315 yards and two touchdowns and Joshua Dobbs came in and threw for two yards. Jessica how do you see the Browns-Steelers this Sunday as they match up for the second consecutive week.

Jessica Kwong does Headline Sports podcasts every other Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: NFL cheerleader wage exploitation documentary; Bills finish season big against Dolphins; plus more

Former Buffalo Bills cheerleader Maria Pinzone (left) director/producer for the film “Women’s work” Yu Gu (center) and former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Lacy Thibodeaux-Fields  (right) are all are working on the film documentary about NFL cheerleader wage exploitation (photo from sports.yahoo.com)

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 In a NFL cheerleading documentary featuring wage exploitation against former NFL cheerleaders, former Buffalo Bills Cheerleader Maria Pinzone who is the lead plaintiff in the case against the NFL and former cheerleader Oakland Raiders cheerleader Lacy Thibodeaux-Fields is working with Yu Gu director/producer for the documentary  “Women’s Work” which shows how the NFL underpaid it’s cheerleaders for many unpaid hours of work.

#2 The Buffalo Bills (13-3) made easy work of the Miami Dolphins(10-6)  56-26. Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Bills back up quarterback Matt Barkley also threw for 164 yards and one touchdown. The Bills will host the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday for the first round of the playoffs.

#3 The Baltimore Ravens (11-5) got a rather convincing win over the Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1) 38-3. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Jackson has had quite a season for the Ravens. The Ravens play in Tennessee this Sunday.

#4 Cleveland Browns (11-5) got a two point win over the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-22. The Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 196 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers finished their season at 12-4 how much have they’ve missed starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The two teams meet again in Pittsburgh for a special edition of Sunday Night Football playoffs.

#5 London talk about Minnesota Vikings (7-9) quarterback Kirk Cousins afternoon against the Detroit Lions (5-11) with a close 37-35 win. Cousins threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns he had to be that good to get by the Lions last Sunday.

Join London for exciting Sports Headlines each Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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