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Raiders hit last-second FG to rally past undermanned Browns

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Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Carlson connected on a 48-yard field goal Monday as time expired, lifting the visiting Las Vegas Raiders to a 16-14 win over the short-handed Cleveland Browns.

It was the third field goal of the game for Carlson, who hit from 40 14 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 13-7 edge. But the Browns (7-7) took their first lead of the game when Nick Mullens threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Bryant with 3:45 left.

Cleveland had a chance to wrap up the game after Greedy Williams intercepted Derek Carr with 2:47 remaining, but couldn’t gain a first down and had to punt. Carr led a 41-yard drive in the final 1:50, finding Zay Jones for a 15-yard gain to put Carlson in range for his 31st field goal in 34 attempts this year.

Carr finished 25 of 38 for 236 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Las Vegas (7-7), which stayed in contention for an AFC wild-card spot.

Mullens, starting because Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum were two of 18 Browns inactive due to COVID-19, hit on 20 of 30 passes for 147 yards with a score. Cleveland (7-7) missed on a chance to take first place in the AFC North.

Las Vegas opened the scoring with an impressive first drive. The Raiders overcame a pair of holding penalties to drive 58 yards in just over seven minutes, Carr finding Bryan Edwards on a fade pattern from the 5 with 3:41 left in the first quarter.

Carlson upped Las Vegas’ lead to 10-0 with 56 seconds remaining in the half with a 24-yard field goal that capped a 56-yard march.

Meanwhile, Cleveland’s offense didn’t even cross midfield until 21 seconds remained in the half. The Browns used a pass interference flag on the next play to get in position for a 47-yard field-goal try that Chase McLaughlin hit.

But Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia canceled out the make with a timeout just before the snap. McLaughlin’s second shot from 47 drifted wide right, leaving the score 10-0 at intermission.

–Field Level Media