Auburn NFL roundup: Daniel Carlson sends Raiders to playoffs

In a way, Daniel Carlson of the Las Vegas Raiders was hooked during the 2021 season in a way that no kicker in NFL history has been. On Sunday night, in the last game of the 2021 NFL regular season, the former Auburn All-American proved it again.

Carlson scored five field goals in the Raiders’ 35-32 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The last one came from 47 meters as time went on in the extra period.

The victory secured a playoff berth for Las Vegas, although the Raiders would have made it to the playoffs had Carlson missed. If Las Vegas and Los Angeles were tied on Sunday night, the two would have gone to the playoffs.

With his final kick, Carlson not only took the Raiders from seventh seed to fifth seed in the AFC field, he also put the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs instead of the Chargers.

The Raiders open the playoffs against the Cincinnati Bengals at 3:30 p.m. CST Saturday. If Carlson had missed the game, Las Vegas’ first-round opponent would have been the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Sunday, Carlson posted a 24-yard field goal field goalie with 10:50 left in the first quarter, a 31-yard field goal as Las Vegas took a 20-14 lead with 8:03 left in the game. the third quarter and a 52-yard field goal to put the Raiders in front 29-14 with 8:23 to go.

Los Angeles erased that lead and sent the game into overtime with a touchdown in the last snap of the fourth quarter.

Carlson opened the scoring in overtime with a field goal of 40 yards with 7:09 left. When Los Angeles tied the score with 4:30 to go, the game came to a sudden death and Carlson killed the Chargers’ playoff prospects.

In the 2021 season, Carlson attempted nine field goals in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime to put the Raiders ahead, and he made all nine.

With 17 points in Sunday’s game, Carlson finished tied for first in NFL scoring for the second straight season. He and New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk scored 150 points each in the 2021 campaign. Las Vegas scored 2 (and failed) after a touchdown with 14:14 left in the fourth quarter gave him a 26-14 lead, a move that likely cost Carlson exclusive possession of the NFL scoring championship.

Carlson tied his career high with five field goals. He also made five in a 36-33 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys at Thanksgiving.

Carlson was one of 17 former Auburn players who entered the field on the 18th Sunday of the 102nd NFL season.

Another former Auburn player was involved in the Los Angeles-Las Vegas game:

Raiders running back Peyton Barber played but didn’t record any stats.

In the other Sunday matches:

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Baltimore Ravens 13 (OT)

· Montravius ​​Adams started nose tackle for the Steelers. Adams made two tackles.

· Josh Bynes started as the Ravens middle linebacker. Bynes led Baltimore with eight tackles.

Cleveland Browns 21, Cincinnati Bengals 16

· Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz had a 13-yard reception and a 3-yard rush.

· Bengals tight end CJ Uzomah dressed but didn’t play. Uzomah had started every game this season for Cincinnati, but was out on Sunday as the Bengals headed into the playoffs.

Jacksonville Jaguars 26, Indianapolis Colts 11

Colts offensive tackle Shon Coleman is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play.

Jaguar Safety Rudy Ford (New Hope) is on reserve / COVID-19 and missed his second straight game.

· Braden Smith started off the right offensive tackle for the Colts.

· Daniel Thomas (Lee-Montgomery) is safe for the Jaguars. Thomas made four tackles as Jacksonville blocked Indianapolis from qualifying for the playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings 31, Chicago Bears 17

· Angelo Blackson started off as a defensive tackle for the Bears. Blackson registered a sack and registered two quarterback hits. Blackson finished the season with 2.5 sacks, recording one in each of Chicago’s last two games.

Washington Football 22, New York Giants 7

· Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. Slayton scored New York’s lone touchdown on a 22-yard reception with 11:24 left to cut Washington’s lead to 12-7. Slayton has caught two touchdown passes this season, and both have come against Washington. Slayton caught a 33-yard catch in the Giants’ 30-29 loss to Washington on September 16.

· Washington defensive tackle Gabe Wright is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play.

New Orleans Saints 30, Atlanta Falcons 20

· Falcons linebacker Daren Bates played but didn’t record any stats.

· Falcons defensive lineman Marlon Davidson (Greenville) had two tackles.

· Falcons long snapper Josh Harris managed the snaps on two baskets, two punters and two extra runs.

Buffalo Bills 27, New York Jets 10

· Jets defensive end Carl Lawson is on the casualty reserve.

· Jets linebacker Jamien Sherwood is on the injured list.

San Francisco 49ers 27, Los Angeles Rams 24 (OT)

Forty-Niners defensive end Dee Ford (St. Clair County) is on the injured list.

Miami Dolphins 33, New England Patriots 24

· Patriots defensive tackle Byron Cowart is on the physically unable to play list and is not eligible to play.

· Dolphins cornerback Javaris Davis is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play.

Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene (Hewitt-Trussville) is in reserve / COVID-19 and is not eligible to play.

· Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones is in the injured reserve.

· Patriots linebacker Brandon King (Thompson) played but didn’t record any stats.

· Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham was called inactive on game day.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41, Carolina Panthers 17

· Buccaneers inside linebacker KJ Britt (Oxford) had three tackles, recorded a loss tackle and interrupted a defensive pass and hit a special teams tackle. The tackle for the loss and the pass break was the first of Britt’s NFL career.

· Derrick Brown started out as a defensive tackle for the Panthers. Brown landed a tackle and registered a quarterback hit.

· Carlton Davis started as a cornerback for the Buccaneers. Davis made two tackles and interrupted a pass.

· Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean made six tackles, including one from behind the line of scrimmage.

· Panthers guard Mike Horton is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play.

· Carolina quarterback Cam Newton played but didn’t record any stats.

Week 18 began on Saturday, when the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 28-24 and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 51-26.


Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AmarkG1.

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