LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a 41-yard pass to Mack Hollins while being dragged down by the facemask and the Miami Dolphins moved one step closer to a playoff berth when Jason Sanders’ 44-yard field goal with 1 second remaining gave them a 26-25 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday night.
The Raiders (7-8) chose to run down the clock for a go-ahead field goal instead of trying for a touchdown with Josh Jacobs going down on purpose at the 1-yard line and Derek Carr taking a knee to set up Daniel Carlson’s 22-yard field goal with 19 seconds left.
But the Dolphins had some late-game magic with Fitzpatrick launching the deep pass to Hollins while being dragged down by Arden Key. The penalty moved the ball down to the Las Vegas 26, setting up Sanders’ winning kick.
The Dolphins (10-5) moved a half-game ahead of Baltimore in the AFC playoff race and can clinch a wild-card berth with a win next week at Buffalo.
The Raiders (7-8) were eliminated with their fifth loss in six games and will be out of the postseason for the 17th time in 18 seasons.
The back-and-forth final few minutes from Fitzpatrick and Carr made up for a game that lacked offensive fireworks for most of the night. After the Dolphins tied the game at 16 with 4:01 to play, the Raiders took little time to answer.
A holding penalty on first down put them in a hole, but Carr got them right out of it when he scrambled away from pressure despite an injured groin and launched a deep pass to Nelson Agholor, who outjumped Byron Jones for the catch.
Agholor then juked safety Bobby McCain and raced to the end zone for the 85-yard score that put the Raiders up 22-16 after Carlson missed the extra point.
That looked as if it could be costly when Fitzpatrick answered with a short pass to Myles Gaskin that turned unto a huge gain. Gaskin broke a tackle from Raekwon McMillan and then got sprung from some downfield blocks on the way to a 59-yard touchdown. Jason Sanders’ extra point gave the Dolphins the 23-22 lead.
That proved short-lived when Jones was called for the penalty on a deep throw to Agholor that gave the Raiders the ball at the 22. Las Vegas then ran out most of the clock but not enough.
NOT TUA’S TIME
Dolphins rookie Tua Tagovailoa struggled to move the ball with his 22 passes gaining only 94 yards. He did connect on a 10-yard TD pass to Gaskin that tied the game in the third quarter, but was pulled in the fourth for Fitzpatrick with the Raiders leading 16-13. Fitzpatrick completed two long passes to Mike Gesicki before the drive stalled and the Dolphins settled for a game-tying 22-yard field goal from Sanders.
After setting an NFL record for tight ends with 425 yards receiving the past three games, Las Vegas’ Darren Waller delivered once again for the Raiders. He had five catches for 112 yards, giving him 1,079 yards on the season for his second straight 1,000-yard campaign. The only other Raiders TE with a 1,000-yard season is Todd Christensen, who had three in the 1980s.
Dolphins: WR Jakeem Grant left in the second half with an ankle injury. … LB Elandon Roberts was taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury in the third quarter and didn’t return.
Raiders: G Denzelle Good left the game with an ankle injury late in the first half.
Dolphins: Visit Buffalo on Jan. 3
Raiders: Visit Denver on Jan. 3.
This story will be updated throughout the game
KICKOFF: Raiders receive the opening kick. Derek Carr starting at QB for the Raiders
FIRST QUARTER: Raiders QB Derek Carr scores on a 1 yard dive into the end zone. RAIDERS 7, DOLPHINS 0, 8 mins left in first quarter.
Dolphins Jason Sanders with a 37 yard FG. RAIDERS 7, DOLPHINS 3, 1:23 left in 1Q.
SECOND QUARTER: Raiders Daniel Carlson with a 23 yard FG, RAIDERS 10, DOLPHINS 3 – 6:50 left in 2Q
Dolphins Jason Sanders with a 39 yard FG. RAIDERS 10, DOLPHINS 6 with 1:42 left in 2Q
Raiders Daniel Carlson with a 38 yard FG. RAIDERS 13, DOLPHINS 6, HALFTIME
THIRD QUARTER: Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa to Miles Gaskin for a 10 yard TD. RAIDERS 13, DOLPHINS 13 with 10:31 left in 3Q
Raiders Daniel Carlson with a 20 yard FG, RAIDERS 16, DOLPHINS 13 with 3 mins. left in 3Q.
FOURTH QUARTER: Dolphins replace Tua Tagovialoa with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB, drive downfield for a Jason Sanders 23 yard FG. RAIDERS 16, DOLPHINS 16 with 4 mins left in 4Q
Raiders Derek Carr with 85 yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor. RAIDERS 22, DOLPHINS 16 with 3:30 left in 4Q
Dolphins Ryan Fitzpatrick with a 59 yard TD pass to Miles Gaskin. PAT good. DOLPHINS 23, RAIDERS 22; with 2:55 left in 4Q
Raiders Daniel Carlson with a 22 yard FG, RAIDERS 25, DOLPHINS 23 with :20 seconds left in 4Q
Dolphins Jason Sanders with a 44 yard field goal with :01 second on the clock to beat the Raiders. DOLPHINS 26, RAIDERS 25. FINAL
(AP) – Quarterback Derek Carr was a full participant in practice for a second straight day and is on target to play Saturday after leaving last week’s game with a groin injury.
Carr was given no injury status for the game against Miami on Saturday night, a sign he should be good to go against the Dolphins.
“I’m not going to say anything other than I’m optimistic, but I’m not a mind reader,” coach Jon Gruden said Thursday. “I just know he had an injury that caused him to miss the game last week and I’m respectful of that. He’s a tough guy, man. But I’m optimistic he’ll be ready to go.”
Carr injured his groin on a scramble in the first quarter last Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers. He practiced on a limited basis Tuesday and then was a full participant the past two days.
If for some reason Carr can’t play, Marcus Mariota is in position to make his first start for the Raiders. The No. 2 overall pick by Tennessee in 2015 made his Las Vegas debut last week, throwing for 226 yards and a touchdown and running for 88 yards and a score in a 30-27 overtime loss.
Carr has a history of playing through injuries, having missed only two regular-season starts in seven seasons in the NFL. He broke his ankle in Week 16 in 2016, missing out on his only chance to appear in the playoffs, and missed only one game in 2017 after breaking a bone in his back.
Carr even played an entire season with a sports hernia in college at Fresno State in 2012.
Carr has thrown for 3,396 yards and 24 TDs and has a career-best 102 passer rating this season.
“He’s showed a lot of good things. I’m not going to let the cat of the bag here,” Gruden said. “I’m going to make sure he is OK. I’m going to make sure physically, he has a chance to wake up in the morning, go through his rehab one more day, and do all the things he needs to do against one of the top defenses that blitzes almost every play. So, we got to do what’s right. Mariota has also performed well, so like I said, we’ll have a quarterback under the center.”
NOTES: Nicholas Morrow went on the COVID-19 list a day after fellow LB Nick Kwiatkoski went on the list. S Erik Harris and DB Daryl Worley also are on the COVID-19 list. … WR Henry Ruggs III returned to practice from the COVID-19 list and Gruden is hopeful he will play. … S Johnathan Abram and CB Damon Arnette are expected to play after missing last week with concussions. … DE Clelin Ferrell (shoulder) is out and DT Maurice Hurst (calf) is questionable. … Offensive coordinator Greg Olson should be back on the sideline after missing last week in COVID-19 quarantine. Secondary coach Jim O’Neil is out this week because of coronavirus protocols and secondary assistant Taver Johnson will assume his game-day role.