Raiders almost gave away hope of Steelers playoffs

If you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Sunday was one of the most stressful days you’ve had this season. First, the Steelers go to overtime before taking a 16-13 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens to help make the playoffs.

But the team and all the fans had to stay up late Sunday night to watch the nighttime game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers before it could be final. If that game had ended in a draw, the Steelers would have been eliminated from the playoffs.

And it almost happened. The Raiders and Chargers game went overtime and with less than a minute to play, the Raiders seemed completely content to just let the clock run. If they had, both Los Angeles and Last Vegas would have made it to the playoffs, and the Steelers looked from the outside in.

There is a lot of conflicting information about how and why things happened at the end of the match, but in the end the Raiders chose to go ahead and kick the winning field goal in the last second.

Raider’s interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said after the game that they had considered just running the clock to avoid potential problems with the field goal. While I understand the logic of it, I don’t understand how it could have even been an option.

That would have been the equivalent of the Steelers pulling the clock against the Ravens to get the Ravens into the playoffs. Would anyone ever approve of the Steelers taking their foot off the gas in Baltimore’s favor?

Am I thinking too much about this or would you be okay with the Steelers letting a rival division go to the playoffs if they had a chance to knock them out? Let me know in the comments below.

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