Las Vegas Raiders post game report: Carlson boots winner gets Raiders closer to playoff spot; Vegas defeats Indianapolis 23-20

#2 Daniel Carlson of the Las Vegas Raiders is jubilant after booting a 33 yard field goal to get the Raiders a three point win over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis Sun Jan 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

In a game that went right down to the wire the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) when Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson exhibited closing seconds heroics once again when he booted a 33 yard field goal with the score tied at 20-20 at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis to defeat the Colts (9-7) on Sunday afternoon.

The Raider had a touchdown that was called back on a TV replay reversal and lost a touchdown on an unfortunate play which were the only two turnovers of the game. For quarterback Derek Carr went 24-31 for 255 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Raiders who won the game by three also took a three point half time lead at the half 13-10. It was Carr towards the end of the game that got Carlson good field position to boot the game winning field goal a win that takes the Raiders one step closer to getting into the post season.

With the win over the Colts on Sunday the Raiders picked up their third straight win, the Raiders have won games by three or less points during the three game streak with a win over the Cleveland Browns 16-14 on Mon Dec 20, a 17-13 win against the Denver Broncos on Sun Dec 26, and Sunday’s thriller in Indianapolis 23-20.

Carr was saying the Raiders are finding ways to rally and make late comebacks. Although the Raiders when facing the Browns, Broncos and Colts made those close comebacks it’s the coming back from behind the making of a good football team, “We’re finding a way to do it because we have the right kind of guys and there’s never been a doubt, there’s never a finger pointed, you know, at this or that, and this coach is not there, and all this kind nobody cares.” Carr told the AP.

The Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) next Sun Jan 9th a 1:25 pm PST kick off for the last regular season game. The Chargers who have won five of their last nine games blew out the Broncos Sunday 34-13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders try for 3 wins in a row face hot Colts team Sunday

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) plows ahead for extra yardage against Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Dec 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, the Las Vegas Raiders (8-7) have won two in a row be it in close scores they defeated the Cleveland Browns (7-8) by two on Mon Dec 20th and last Sun Dec 26 a win by three points over the visiting Denver Broncos (7-8).

#2 In last Sunday’s game Raider quarterback Derek Carr threw for 201 yards with a touchdown and one interception. Talk about Carr’s ability to move the ball down field in the third quarter and get wide receiver Peyton Barber a short pass for a score.

#3 Tony, in the first quarter running back Josh Jacobs fumbled and the Broncos scored 13 points in the second quarter and took a 13-0 half time lead. During the half Jacobs promised the coaches that he will take care of the football and to give him another chance in the second half. Jacobs did carrying for 129 yards for the game.

#4 How big of advantage was it for the Raiders home field, facing a Covid bitten Broncos team and down to their second string quarterback Drew Lock who threw for 153 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

#5 It’s off to Indianapolis this Sunday and the Colts (9-6) who are tearing it up. The Colts have won six of their last eight games and handled the Arizona Cardinals (10-5) 22-16 with that in mind how do you see the Raiders and Cardinals this Sunday in Indianapolis.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders dedication of Hall of Fame coach John Madden; Raiders prepare for Colts this Sunday

The Las Vegas Raiders dedicate the memory of John Madden on the Raiders website (image by the Las Vegas Raiders)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders have all the lights are turned off at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and the scoreboard dedicates the passing of the of the late former Raiders head coach John Madden no doubt the Raiders will recognize Madden before their next home game on Sun Jan 2 .

#2 Rich, no doubt you’ve spent some time at the Oakland Coliseum during the John Madden years can you share some of your best memories of his days coaching on the sidelines.

#3 The Raiders have put together third multi win streak of the season they have won their last two games by close scores against the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos. Their win against the Broncos comes after the Broncos have their starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater out on concussion protocols and started back up Drew Lock.

#4 The Raiders running back Josh Jacobs carried for 129 yards and the Raiders in the third quarter got the lead for good when quarterback Derek Carr threw to Peyton Barber who ran it in for a touchdown which turned out to be the gamer.

#5 The Raiders face the Indianapolis Colts (9-6). The Colts have won six of their last seven games including their last game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (10-5) 22-16. Rich, how do you see the Raiders defense stopping Colts quarterback Carson Wentz this Sunday in Lucas Oil?

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Raiders win another cliffhanger 17-13 over Broncos; Jacobs redeems himself after first quarter fumble

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) on a give to running back Josh Jacobs (28) in the second half of action at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Dec 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

The Las Vegas Raiders (8-7) were down by six points when running back Josh Jacobs approached the coaches at the half against the Denver Broncos (7-8) up 13-7 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Jacobs asked them to give him the ball that he will not let the rock get away from him like he did in the first half fumbling the ball away for a turnover.

Jacobs was granted a second chance he made up for the lost football in the first quarter and he took it to the Broncos on seven carries running for 57 yards on the opening series of the second half.

After nine plays and 75 yards of offensive effort the Raiders hit pay dirt scoring as running back Peyton Barber carried for five yards that gave the Raiders a third quarter touchdown that put them ahead 14-13.

Jacobs carried for 129 yards to help beat the Broncos and the win help keep the Raiders post season hopes alive as they move a game over .500. The Broncos now have lost three of their last four games and this puts their playoff hopes in jeopardy.

The Raiders win helped the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East through tiebreakers. The Raiders victory Sunday marks their second straight game. They also had another cliffhanger edging the Cleveland Browns on Sun Dec 19th 16-14. In three of their last four games the Raiders have held their opponents to just 17 or less points.

On Jacobs getting the ball he was gratetful for that second chance to help the Raiders punch it through for that third quarter touchdown, “Just give me a chance to play the style of ball that I want to play. The offensive line, we all came to an agreement and went out there and did it and executed.” said Jacobs. For Jacobs this was his first time rushing for 100 yards in a single game.

The Raiders play their next to last game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts (9-6) this coming Sun Jan 2, 2021 in Indianapolis 10:00AM PST. The Colts have won six of their last seven games. They had a huge win over the Arizona Cardinals (10-5) Sunday in Arizona 22-16.

Turnovers and penalties doom 49ers in 30-18 loss to Colts

How long can San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) hang on with pressure to start back up Trey Lance whose waiting on the sidelines. The 49ers suffered their fourth straight loss Sun Oct 24, 2021 to the Indianapolis Colts at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif—Mother nature was a force with its atmospheric river but in the end, the San Francisco 49ers shot themselves in the foot.

On a stormy night in Santa Clara, the Indianapolis Colts took advantage of the San Francisco’s miscues in a 30-18 victory on Sunday evening at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco have lost a season worst four games in a row after starting the season 2-0 and currently sit in the bottom of the NFC West. Indianapolis have won three out of its last four games after starting the season 0-3.

Everything looked to have gone San Francisco’s (2-4) way to start out the game. They opened the game with a good looking drive to draw first blood. Their eight play 78-yard drive was capped off with a 14-yard rushing touchdown by Elijah Mitchell. The rookie running back amassed 43 of the 78 yards on just four rushes. Kicker Joey Slye missed the extra point.

Indianapolis (3-4) gave the ball back to San Francisco on their first play of their opening drive. Safety Jimmy Ward popped the ball loose from Colts running back Johnathan Taylor and linebacker Fred Warner recovered for San Francisco at the Colts 28 yard line.

The 49ers were able to turn the Colts gift into three points as they went 12 yards on five plays and finished off with a 34 yard field goal by Slye.

The Colts responded on its second drive of the game. Colts quarterback Carson Wentz made a nice play-action fake to Taylor and found a wide open Mo Alie-Cox in the the flat as the Colts tight end danced into the endzone for a 11-yard touchdown reception to cut the deficit to two points.

San Francisco’s defense came up with a big turnover at their own four yard line with Indianapolis threatening to get into the endzone to start the second quarter. Nick Bosa pressured Wentz into a desperate shovel pass attempt that landed directly in the hands of linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair for his first interception of the season.

The heavy rain started coming down halfway through the second quarter and had an impact on the game. Colts running back Nyheim Hines couldn’t corral a pass that hit him right in the hands while running wide open. The play which could have been a touchdown resulted in a punt for Indianapolis.

Deebo Samuel also dropped a pass that hit him in the numbers from 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopplo.

“I think the weather played a little bit of a role,” said Garoppolo. “Started to pick up there a little bit. But we didn’t execute. I think too many mistakes stacked on top of each other. You can’t do the and win football games consistently.”

Samuel had the ball punched out of his hand after a reception by Darius Leonard and was recovered by Anthony Chesley at the 49ers 28-yard line.

The ensuing drive for Indianapolis had them gain its first lead of the game late in the game on a one-yard quarterback keeper by Wentz that had him sprint to the right side with a dive into the endzone with 1:00 left in the half. The goal line situation was set up by Emmanuel Mosley’s 19-yard passing interference penalty inside the endzone. The two point conversion attempt failed.

In the second half the Colts defense made it difficult for the 49ers to establish the run game that worked so well for them earlier in the game. Indy’s defense played with an eight man front for the majority of the game forcing San Francisco to beat them through the air.

More penalties and turnovers were the difference in the second half that allowed the Colts to expand their lead.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t mix words about his team’s performance in front of a national audience.

“We’re not doing good enough. It’s been a struggle all year. Today was the worst. We gave them too many explosive freebies, especially the two touchdown drives in the first half,” Shanahan said.

AL-Quadin Muhammad sacked Garoppolo and forced a fumble that Kwity Paye recovered with under five minutes left in the third quarter.

On the ensuring drive, 49ers safety Jaquiski Tart was flagged for a 38 yard passing interference call in the end zone on Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr. It set up Taylor’s five yard rushing touchdown with 3:45 left in the third quarter to give the Colts an 20-12 lead.

Taylor rushed 18 times for an evening best 107 yards and a touchdown.

San Francisco cut the lead to a two-point deficit when Garoppolo led a three play 70-yard drive resulting in a Samuel 14 yard touchdown reception. The two point conversion attempt failed to even the score.

Samuel finished with seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown as he was the only target Garoppolo was able to connect with during the game.

Up 23-18 with under three minutes left, Indianapolis iced the game when Wentz threw a deep ball down the right sideline that Pittman was able to jump up over cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and pull in the ball for a 28 yard touchdown to seal the deal for the Colts.

Xavier Rhoades intercepted Garoppolo with a minute left ending any chance of a comeback by San Francisco.

Garoppolo finished 16 for 27 for 181 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His counterpart Wentz went 17 for 26 with 150 yards and two touchdowns.

It was a sweet homecoming for Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who was traded to the Colts during the offseason, as he had five solo tackles and was motivated to play well against his former team.

“I said, ‘I knew this was personal for you,” said Taylor who along with Buckner were the last players to leave the field after the game. “And I’m glad that we were able to pull it out even in these conditions.’ And he said, ‘Listen JT, as long as we got the win.’ As long as we got the win.”

Buckner said he tried to keep an even keel when preparing for the game during the week but it was difficult knowing it was his first game against his old team in his old stadium.

“This win meant a lot. It was definitely personal for me, you know? I wasn’t trying to get too high or too low throughout the week, but it meant a lot.”

GAME NOTES: The 49ers were without backup quarterback Trey Lance who was dealing with a sprained knee. There were also without starting left tackle Trent Williams who was dealing with both ankle and elbow injuries.

The last time the 49ers let an opposing running back rush for over 100 yards was back in October of 2019.

UP NEXT: The 49ers next two games they head to Chicago to face the Bears at Soldier Field this Sun Oct 31st a 10:00 AM PDT kick off and on Sunday 11/7 as they host the Arizona Cardinals at 1:25pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Garoppolo up and around most likely to start Sunday against Colts; plus more

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gets a pass away from the Seattle Seahawks defenders during Sun Oct 3, 2021 game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Garoppolo has shown improvement from his calf injury and is likely to start on Sun Oct 24, 2021 against the Indianapolis Colts (AP News photo)

On the SF 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has returned to practice on Monday and his sore calf was not hampering him in practice his last game was on Oct 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.

#2 On the other hand 49ers back up quarterback Trey Lance did not practice in the open media session and not working on the side during practice. Lance was also not available for the practice squad he may not be available this Sunday against the Colts but it’s too early to tell.

#3 Free safety Jimmie Ward was proud of Dontae Johnson’s fill in work last week against the Denver Broncos during the absence of slot corner K’Waun Williams who had calf soreness. Johnson did practice with the team this week and had missed the Denver and Seattle games.

#4 Dave previews on Sunday Night Football in Santa Clara between the Indianapolis Colts (2-4) and 49ers (2-3)

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Will 49ers shop Garoppolo or will they hang onto him as Lance isn’t ready?

San Francisco 49er quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who did not play in the 49ers last game on Sun Oct 10, 2021 in Glendale against the Arizona Cardinals is seen on the field at State Farm Stadium before the game (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The 49ers who are on a bye week this Sunday and have lost three in a row and three games out of first place in the NFC West and have two injured quarterbacks have a lot to recover from going into next week’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

#2 On quarterbacks injuries Jimmy Garoppolo left calf soreness and Trey Lance twisted left knee will they get enough recovery time to get a start for next week’s game against the Colts.

#3 Garoppolo who missed week 5 and ranks 18th in passing in the NFL is he going to be commodity of sorts as the 49ers are rumored to be interested in shopping him or will they hang onto him because Lance isn’t ready yet?

#4 Lance who carried during the last game against in Arizona and got injured running the ball and head coach Kyle Shanahan and said one of many times that Lance isn’t quite ready yet to step into the starting role. Lance was 15-29, 192 yards, carried for 92 yards and threw for one touchdown.

#5 The 49ers are 17th place in total defense and place 11th in rushing and it’s unlikely that they will not not move up the scale to Super Bowl caliber numbers over their next 12 games anytime soon as the 49ers injuries of DeForest Buckner and Raheem Mostert are just too hard to replace at this juncture.

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NFL Headlines podcast with Tony Renteria: Chiefs safety Mathieu’s breakthrough case; Colts players Covid-19 issues could cost team games

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu has 24 hours to test negative before being allowed back before Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after testing positive (USA Today file photo)

On NFL Headlines with Tony R:

#1 Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu has been put on the Covid 19 list after testing positive. In what some call a breakthrough case Mathieu had been vaccinated. While the Chiefs have three other safeties at their disposal Mathieu has 24 hours to test asymptomatic twice within that period to be eligible for Sun Sep 12 game against the Cleveland Browns.

#2 Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard said that everybody should get vaccinated. Ballard talked about his players who are not vaccinated. Quarterback Carson Wentz, center Ryan Kelly, and receiver Zach Pascal came into a Colts staff member who was positive and all three have been place on the Covid 19 list.

#3 Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has received the confidence of Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. Tagovailoa has been floated as a possible trade to the Houston Texans and has said he does appreciate the support from Flores.

#4 Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Moriota is set to receive $10 million this season just to sit on the bench as a back up behind starter Derek Carr. Moriota could have got a deal worth up to $20 million plus incentives but will stay in Vegas as no other team is will to pay that price and the Raiders would like to wait to restructure Moriota’s contract.

#5 The San Francisco 49ers quarterback situation has been the all the talk as head coach Kyle Shanahan plans to start quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and insert back up Trey Lance in mid series plays. It did throw the Raiders off in last Sunday’s pre season game it could do the same in the regular season.

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NFL Playoff review podcast with Barbara Mason: Rams just edge out Seahawks; Ravens win by a touchdown over Titans; plus more

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jerod Goff (16) throws against the Seattle Seahawks defense and defensive end Carolos Dunlap (43) during the second half of action in the NFL Wild Card game in Seattle (AP News photo)

On the NFL Playoff review with Barbara:

#1 The Buffalo Bills just got by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday with a 27-24 win. The Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns. The game was close but Allen got a lot of yards against the Colts.

#2 Barbara, how much of a surprise was it for you that the Los Angeles Rams came up a winner over the Seattle Seahawks 30-20. For the Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 125 yards and a touchdown and the Rams had good offensive command over the Seahawks.

#3 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got down to business on Saturday with a convincing win over the Washington Football Team 31-23. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns.  Washington tried to make an attempt to catch the Bucs but fell short 16-13 but fell short in the ten point loss.

#4 The Baltimore Ravens came up with a close win over the Tennessee Titans 20-13 on Sunday. After a tied first half at 10-10 the Ravens scored seven in the third quarter and got a seven point win. The Ravens starting quarterback LeMar Jackson rushed for 136 yards, threw for 179 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for the win.

#5 Barbara low scoring game but good enough for the New Orleans Saints who scored three touchdowns in each of the first, third and fourth quarters and were shutout in the second for a 21-9 win in New Orleans. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

#6 The Cleveland Browns had the lead from start to finish and came away with an 11 point win 48-37. Brown quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns. The Browns pretty much stayed ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers all game long. This win advances the Browns to the next round of the playoffs and this is second week in a row that the Browns defeated the Steelers.

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NFL Playoffs podcast with Barbara Mason Sun Jan 10, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

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.

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Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong Thu Jan 7, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud