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NFL Week 17 Game Recap: Las Vegas Raiders 23, Indianapolis Colts 20

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) kicks a field goal to win the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Raiders won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

A last-second 33-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson gave the Las Vegas Raiders a 23-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17.

The Raiders solidified their playoff chances with a dramatic come-from-behind victory in Indianapolis, erasing a 17-13 fourth-quarter deficit to keep themselves in the playoff hunt. Derek Carr & Co. will now look ahead to their Week 18 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, as the winner of that matchup is guaranteed a playoff berth.

The Colts now find themselves in the thick of the AFC playoff picture, as a victory next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars would secure their second straight playoff appearance.

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Las Vegas Raiders

Quarterback

Carr did just enough to deliver Las Vegas the victory, completing 24 of his 31 attempts for 255 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown.

The Raiders signal-caller was unusually careless with the ball Sunday, as he recorded three turnover-worthy plays overall — his highest single-game total this year.

Some of the eight-year pro’s struggles can be attributed to an unusual emphasis on pushing the ball downfield, as 45.2% of Carr’s attempts traveled past the first down marker, his second-highest mark this season. He impressed when it mattered most, though, as he completed eight of his 10 fourth-quarter attempts for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Carr: Passing stats by target depth

Target Depth Comps./Atts. Yds. Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 3/3 13 100% 0
Short (1-9) 16/16 125 100% 0
Intermediate (10-19) 3/9 49 33.3% 1
Deep (20+) 2/3 68 66.7% 0
Running Backs

Josh Jacobs handled lead-back duties for Las Vegas and converted his 20 touches into 80 total yards and a touchdown. Jacobs led all Raiders ball carriers with three forced missed tackles and 45 yards after contact.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Zay Jones reeled in eight of his game-high 10 targets for a career-high 120 yards. Jones operated as Carr’s go-to target from the opening snap, as his six first downs and two explosive plays led all Las Vegas pass-catchers.

Hunter Renfrow formed a dominant 1-2 punch with Jones, as he accumulated 76 yards and a touchdown through the air on seven receptions.

Offensive Line

Las Vegas’ offensive line allowed 23 pressures and two sacks in pass protection while facilitating a rushing attack that averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Starting center Andre James was the standout member in pass protection, finishing with a team-best one pressure allowed.

Defensive Line

The Raiders' defensive line accumulated 20 pressures and one sack. Edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue paced the group with five pressures and a sack. The unit was less stout against the run, as Colts rushers averaged 1.3 yards before contact per attempt.

Linebackers

Divine Deablo led all Raiders with nine tackles, finishing with an average depth of tackle of 1.2 yards. The rookie captained a Las Vegas linebackers corps that held up well in coverage, surrendering just 31 yards and one first down on five receptions.

Secondary

Las Vegas’ secondary thrived against Indianapolis’ low-wattage passing attack, conceding receptions on 11 of their 15 targets for just 117 yards and one touchdown.

Safety Roderic Teamer drew a team-high seven targets, allowing six receptions for 46 yards and three first downs.

Player Coverage snaps  Receptions allowed/Targets Yards allowed Passer rating allowed
Roderic Teamer 29 6/7 46 94.0
Casey Hayward Jr 29 1/2 3 56.3
Trevon Moehrig 28 1/1 45 158.3
Nate Hobbs 24 1/1 3 79.2

Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback

Carson Wentz struggled to generate consistent offense in Sunday’s defeat, going 16-of-27 for 148 yards and a touchdown. Wentz rarely looked to push the ball downfield, averaging just 5.5 yards per attempt. In all, 51.8% of his throws were short of the first-down marker.

The former No. 2 overall pick found most of his success on play action, as he completed four of his seven play-action attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown — good for a passer rating of 125.0.

Wentz: Passing stats by target depth

Target Depth Comps./Atts. Yds. Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 4/5 11 80% 0
Short (1-9) 9/10 63 90% 0
Intermediate (10-19) 2/7 29 28.6% 0
Deep (20+) 1/1 45 100% 1
Running Back

Jonathan Taylor registered 114 total yards and a touchdown on 21 touches, notching his fourth straight 100-plus-yard performance. The potential Offensive Player of the Year was relatively quiet by his standards, forcing just three missed tackles while picking up a game-high seven first downs.

Wide Receivers/Tight End

Michael Pittman Jr. caught each of his team-high six targets for 47 yards, primarily operating near the line of scrimmage. Pittman led all pass-catchers with 27 yards after the catch while forcing the unit’s lone missed tackle.

Offensive Line

Indianapolis’ offensive line was fantastic in the run game Sunday, powering a Colts rushing attack that averaged an impressive 4.7 yards per carry. The group was less impressive in pass protection, allowing 25 pressures and one sack.

Standout left guard Quenton Nelson was the unit’s strongest performing member, finishing as the only offensive lineman who failed to allow a single pressure in the win.

Defensive Line

The Colts defensive linemen consistently pressured Derek Carr, registering 21 pressures and four sacks. Edge rusher Kwity Paye finished as the unit’s most effective member, pacing the group with two sacks and three pressures.

Player Pass Rushing Snaps Total Pressures Sacks 
Kwity Paye 27 3 2
DeForest Buckner 27 3 1
Al-Quadin Muhammad 21 2 0
Dayo Odeyingbo 15 3 0
Grover Stewart 12 1 0
Kemoko Turay 11 4 1
Taylor Stallworth 9 4 0
Linebackers

Darius Leonard was a force to be reckoned with in his return from COVID-19, finishing third on the team with eight tackles while reeling in one of Indianapolis’ two interceptions. He led a Colts linebacking corps that was exceptional in coverage, as they conceded just 37 yards and one first down on five receptions.

Secondary

The Colts' secondary surrendered 218 yards on 19 receptions. Cornerback Kenny Moore II conceded receptions on each of his team-high nine targets, finishing with 115 yards, four first downs and a touchdown allowed.

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