The Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers put on quite a NFL spectacle in Week 18 that sent the sports world into a frenzy. In fact, NBA stars like Joel Embiid, Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, Donovan Mitchell and many more couldn’t help but be amazed by the crazy turn of events.
When it looked like the Raiders were on the verge of winning, Justin Herbert propelled the Chargers back to the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. A tie would have sent the two starving NFL franchises to the Wild Card round while a loss would reverse one, so there was talk that Las Vegas and LA would simply let time pass when they were both tied at 32 at the closing stages of the OT.
However, that was not the case at all, as the Raiders opted to hit the ball within shooting range to break the deadlock and win 35-32.
Damian Lillard and Zach LaVine, who are clearly huge Raiders fans, were both impressed and rightly celebrated after the momentous victory.
Wow … #RaiderNation
– Damien Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 10, 2022
– Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) January 10, 2022
Raiders QB Derek Carr admitted after the thrilling NFL showdown that the Chargers calling a timeout with 38 seconds remaining had changed their minds about settling for a tie. Apparently there were talks that both teams were running out of time. That said, Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns were baffled by the call to play.
The chargers should never have taken this TO… I think they would have run out of time
– Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 10, 2022
Why do shippers call a timeout ???
– Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 10, 2022
Others were simply impressed with the competitiveness of the two teams. Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Huerter and Jalen Brunson all took to Twitter to share how excited they were about what is easily one of the craziest NFL finishes this season.
Good. For sport everywhere. PLAY TO WIN THE GAME
– Kevin Huerter (@KevinHuerter) January 10, 2022
Yooooo, there’s no way this game ends in a tie
– Jalen Brunson (@ jalenbrunson1) January 10, 2022
Bruh this game is crazy!
– Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) January 10, 2022
The Pittsburgh Steelers are enjoying the Raiders’ victory the most, while the Chargers will be in tears over what could have been for them.