Raiders vs. Chargers score, results: Justin Herbert leads LA to overtime victory

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All season long, the Chargers have been finding ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They nearly did it again in Week 15, but Justin Herbert found a way to lead LA to a 30-27 overtime victory over the Raiders on "Thursday Night Football."

Herbert completed 22 of 32 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns and ran for an additional 14 yards, including a 1-yard QB sneak on third-and-goal for the game-ending touchdown in OT. A few plays prior, Herbert set the Chargers up at the Las Vegas 2 with a 53-yard bomb to Jalen Guyton.

There was a lot of talk about the QB matchup heading into this one, but Las Vegas starter Derek Carr left the game in the first quarter with a groin injury. Backup Marcus Mariota rose to the occasion, however, completing 17 of 28 passes for 226 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for a game-high 88 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries (9.8 yards per carry).

The Chargers got out to a fast start as Herbert led a touchdown drive on their first possesion, hitting Hunter Henry for a 10-yard score and a 7-0 lead. Carr led a nice response from the Raiders on the following possession before coming up lame as he ran toward the sideline on third-and-goal. Las Vegas settled for a 23-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson to make it 7-3 late in the first quarter.

After the Raiders' defense forced a punt, Mariota got off to a solid start by leading a seven-play, 86-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 35-yard pass over the top to Darren Waller down the left sideline to give Las Vegas a 10-7 lead with 9:19 remaining in the second quarter.

LA answered with a strong finish to the half, scoring 10 points in the final two minutes on a 22-yard field goal from Michael Badgley and a 26-yard touchdown pass from Herbert to Ty Johnson to take a 17-10 lead at the break.

The key for Las Vegas in the second half was slowing down the tempo. After forcing LA to punt to open the half, the Raiders tied the game 17-17 with a 10-play, 76-yard drive that lasted 5:23 and ended with a 1-yard TD run by Josh Jacobs. After the Chargers answered with a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to retake the lead, Mariota led a 19-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 10:52 and ended with a 2-yard QB keeper TD to make it 24-24 with 6:16 remaining.

LA had two chances after that to win the game in regulation. The first came on a 47-yard field goal attempt, which Badgley hooked wide left. Badgley then missed from 51 yards, again wide left, after Herbert took an 8-yard sack on third down that made the attempt more difficult.

Las Vegas kicker Daniel Carlson was lined up to attempt a 65-yard field goal on second down with four seconds remaining, but the snap was fumbled and recovered with no time left.

The Raiders won the toss in OT and Mariota led them all the way down to the LA 4, where they had a first-and-goal. But after runs of 1 and minus-2 yards from Jacobs and an incomplete pass on third down, Las Vegas had to settle for another 23-yard field goal from Carlson to take a 27-24 lead with 3:18 to play. That opened the door for Herbert and LA.

The Chargers (5-9) were already out of playoff contention and at least temporarily hurt their draft stock with the win, but they'll at least be happy to hurt their rivals' playoff chances.

The Raiders (7-7) are now 1.5 games behind the Ravens and the Dolphins for the last wild-card spot in the AFC with just two games to play.

Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Raiders vs. Chargers on "Thursday Night Football." Follow below for complete results from the NFL Week 15 game.

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Raiders vs. Chargers live updates, highlights from 'Thursday Night Football'

(All times Eastern)

FINAL: Chargers 30, Raiders 27.

11:42 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, CHARGERS.  Herbert dives on the QB sneak and barely gets the ball across the plane to take the 30-27 lead.

11:37 p.m. — Two-minute warning.  Chargers have it, second and goal at the 1-yard line.

11:35 p.m. — HERBERT GOES DEEP.  The rookie goes over the top to Jalen Guyton for a 53-yard gain down to the Raiders' 2-yard line. Las Vegas takes a timeout with 2:19 to go.

11:29 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, RAIDERS.  Mariota can't complete the pass on third and goal and Las Vegas settles for another 23-yard field goal from Carlson to take a 27-24 lead with 3:18 left to play in overtime.

11:15 p.m. — Raiders win the toss.  They'll receive the ball to start OT.

11:11 p.m. — END OF REGULATION: Raiders 24, Chargers 24.  Las Vegas was going to attempt a ridiculous 65-yarder, but the snap was fumbled and recovered by the holder with no time remaining, so we'll head to overtime.

11:08 p.m. — WIDE LEFT.  Badgely misses again, this one from 51 yards. Raiders take over at their 41-yard line, 53 seconds to go and no timeouts remaining.

11:07 p.m. — Timeout, Chargers.  Herbert took a bad sack on third down. It's fourth and 10 from the Las Vegas 33-yard line 58 seconds remaining.

10:59 p.m. — INTERCEPTION.  Mariota's pass is behind Zay Jones and Chris Harris capitalizes with the pick. Chargers take over at the Las Vegas 32-yard line following the 52-yard return, 1:54 remaining.

10:52 p.m. — WIDE LEFT.  Chargers don't get any points as Michael Badgely misses the 47-yarder. Raiders take over at their 28-yard line with 3:38 remaining.

10:45 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, RAIDERS.  Marcus Mariota rolls out and dives for the pylon for the 2-yard TD. It's all tied up at 24-24 with 6:16 left to play.

10:28 p.m. — END OF 3RD QUARTER: Chargers 24, Raiders 17.  Las Vegas has it, fourth and 2 at its 43-yard line to start the fourth quarter.

10:20 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, CHARGERS.  Kalen Ballage punches it in from 1 yard out to give LA the lead 24-17 with 2:08 left in the third quarter.

10:02 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, RAIDERS.  Josh Jacobs leaps over the pile for the 1-yard TD to tie it up at 17-17 with 7:18 remaining in the third quarter.

Mariota has looked solid in Carr's absence; he's completed 6 of 8 passes for 105 yards and a TD, and has added another dimension to the Las Vegas offense with his legs. He showed that on this 26-yard run.

9:51 p.m. — Chargers punt.  Another LA drive into Las Vegas territory ends in a punt. Raiders take over at their 24-yard line with 12:41 left in the third quarter following a 16-yard return by Hunter Renfrow. Looks like Renfrow may have been injured on the play. 

9:31 p.m. — HALF: Chargers 17, Raiders 10.  LA will get the ball to start the second half.

9:29 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, CHARGERS.  Herbert hits Ty Johnson up the right seam for a 26-yard TD. LA leads 17-10 with 19 seconds remaining in the first half.

9:24 p.m. — Raiders punt.  Chargers get the ball back at the Las Vegas 49-yard line after an ugly 19-yard punt by AJ Cole, 1:00 left in the half.

9:18 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, CHARGERS.  Herbert's pass sails high and LA settles for a 22-yard field goal to tie it up at 10-10 with 1:52 remaining in the half.

9:14 p.m. — Two-minute warning.  Chargers have it, third and goal at the 4-yard line.

9:02 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, RAIDERS.  Mariota goes deep down the left sideline over the top to Darren Waller for a 35-yard TD. Raiders take the lead, 10-7 with 9:19 left in the second quarter.

8:57 p.m. — Marcus Mariota in at QB.  Looks like Carr is staying on the sidelines for this drive with a groin injury, no reports of whether he'll return tonight.

Not a bad start for the former Heisman winner.

8:54 p.m. — Chargers punt.  LA moves it to midfield but Jalen Guyton drops a would-be first down. That's Herbert's first incompletion of the game and the Raiders get the ball back at their 14-yard line with 13:29 remaining in the second quarter.

8:49 p.m. — END OF 1ST QUARTER: Chargers 7, Raiders 3.  LA has it, second and 10 at its 26-yard line to start the second quarter.

8:44 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, RAIDERS.  Carr tried to scramble for it on third and goal and it looks like he might be hurt. Las Vegas has to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson to make it 7-3 with 55 seconds left in the first quarter.

8:34 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, CHARGERS.  Justin Herbert hits Hunter Henry for the 10-yard TD to put LA up 7-0 with 5:56 remaining in the first quarter. Herbert went 6-of-6 for 75 yards and the TD on the opening drive.

8:25 p.m. — Raiders punt.  Three and out for Derek Carr and Las Vegas on the opening possession. Chargers get the ball at their 22-yard line to start, 13:25 left in the first quarter.

8:20 p.m. — Chargers win the toss.  They'll defer and the Raiders get the ball to start the game.

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    NFL Week 15 schedule

    Below is the complete schedule for Week 15 of the 2020 NFL season.

    Thursday, Dec. 17GameTime (ET)TV channelChargers at Raiders8:20 p.m.Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV  

    Saturday, Dec. 19GameTime (ET)TV channelBills at Broncos4:30 p.m.NFL Network, fuboTVPanthers at Packers8:15 p.m.ESPN, fuboTV

    Sunday, Dec. 20GameTime (ET)TV channelSeahawks at Washington1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVBears at Vikings1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVBuccaneers at Falcons1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV49ers at Cowboys1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVPatriots at Dolphins1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVJaguars at Ravens1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVLions at Titans1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVTexans at Colts1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVEagles at Cardnals4:05 p.m.Fox, fuboTVJets at Rams4:05 p.m.Fox, fuboTVChiefs at Saints4:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVBrowns at Giants8:20 p.m.NBC, fuboTV

    Monday, Dec. 21GameTime (ET)TV channelSteelers at Bengals8:15 p.m.ESPN, fuboTV