The Raiders will host the Chargers in a fight to keep both teams’ playoff hopes alive.
The winning team will automatically advance to the 2022 NFL playoffs, with both teams needing at least a tie to secure a spot. A victory at home will extend the Raiders’ winning streak and position Las Vegas as the No. 7 seed. However, if the Chargers win they will secure a playoff spot and eliminate Las Vegas.
Since the Colts lost to the Jaguars 26-11 on Sunday afternoon, the Raiders and Chargers can both make the playoffs if the game ends in a tie. The result of the matchup will also affect the Steelers’ playoff chances since Pittsburgh earned a 16-13 win on the road against the Ravens.
During their last meeting in Week 4, the Chargers earned a 28-14 win against the Raiders at home. Herbert completed 25 of 38 passes for 222 yards with three touchdowns while Derek Carr completed 21 of 34 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Justin Herbert will lead the Chargers on the road at full strength, with no players on the COVID-19 reserve list. He connected with wide receiver Mike Williams for 63 yards and a touchdown during Los Angeles’ 34-13 win against the Broncos last week. Although the Raiders’ leading running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller were listed as questionable due to injuries earlier in the week, both players are expected to start in the must-win game.
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Chargers vs. Raiders score
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10:22 p.m.: Ekeler rushes for a loss of 2 yards and turned the ball over to Las Vegas at the Chargers’ 18.
10:16 p.m.: Carr throws consecutive incomplete passes and forces the Raiders to punt. Los Angeles will start the drive at their own 9.
10:12 p.m.: Hopkins misses a 51-yard attempt that keeps the Chargers down by three points. Raiders take possession at their own 41.
10:10 p.m.: Ferrell and Jefferson sack Herbert for a loss of 10 yards and pushes the Chargers back to the 35.
10:08 p.m.: Herbert connects with Cook on a deep pass for 42 yards and gets a first down at the Las Vegas 22.
Halftime: Raiders 17, Chargers 14
9:50 p.m.: After the Chargers get a false start penalty on third down, Long punts for 52 yards. Renfrow returns for 9 yards and positions the Raiders at the 36 to end the first half.
9:46 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS. Jacobs rushes into the end zone to put the Raiders back on top. Carlson makes the extra point and the Raiders lead 17-14 with 40 seconds remaining in the half.
9:44 p.m.: Carr attempts a pass deep left then a defensive pass interference penalty against the Chargers gives the Raiders a fresh set of downs at the 1.
9:38 p.m.: Richards breaks free and rushes for 22 yards and fell short of the first down. After an official review, the call was reversed and Richards rushed for 23 yards to get a first down at the Las Angeles 42.
9:31 p.m.: Carr completes a pass to Waller, who picks up 18 yards and gives Vegas a first down at the 48.
9:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS. Herbert connects with Ekeler in the end zone for 14 yards and puts Los Angeles in the lead. Chargers are up 14-10 with 1:52 remaining in the first half.
9:21 p.m.: Herbert connects with Cook for 13 yards, then Jackson rushes up the middle for 11 yards to position the Chargers at the Las Vegas 27.
9:16 p.m.: Herbert completes a pass to Allen for 10 yards and gets a first down at the 21.
9:12 p.m.: Carr is sacked by Nwosu for a loss of 8 yards on first down, then he completes a pass to Edwards for 12 yards and short of the first down. Cole punts and the Chargers start from their own 10.
9:10 p.m.: Carr attempts a deep pass intended for Richard, and a defensive pass interference penalty against the Chargers gives the Raiders a first down at the 47.
9:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS. Ekeler rushes into the end zone for 14 yards and puts Los Angeles on the board. After Hopkins makes the extra point, Raiders hold a 10-7 lead with 12:42 remaining in the half.
8:59 p.m.: Herbert connects with Guyton for 5 yards on fourth down and positions the Chargers at the Las Vegas 14.
First Quarter: Raiders 10, Chargers 0
8:55 p.m.: Herbert completes a pass to Cook for 19 yards and gets a first down at the Raiders’ 38 to end the first quarter.
8:50 p.m.: Herbert completes to Ekeler for 14 yards and gives the Chargers a first down at the 44.
8:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS. Carr connects with Renfrow in the end zone for 12 yards and extends the lead in Las Vegas. Raiders are up 10-0 with 3:14 remaining in the first quarter.
8:43 p.m.: Carr connects with Jones on fourth down and moves the chains to the Los Angeles 13.
8:40 p.m.: FUMBLE CHARGERS. Johnson muffs the punt recovery and Deablo recovers at the Los Angeles 23.
8:38 p.m.: Jacobs breaks free and rushes for 14 yards, then is tackled by Nwosu on the following play for a loss of 2 yards.
8:35 p.m.: Herbert completes a short pass to Allen for 5 yards and falls short of the first down. Long punts, and Renfrow returns for 10 yards to give the Raiders a first down at their own 14.
8:29 p.m.: FIELD GOAL RAIDERS. Jacobs is tackled for a loss of 6 yards then Carr throws an incomplete pass on third down. Carlson makes the 24-yard attempt to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead with 10:54 remaining in the first quarter.
8:25 p.m.: Carr completes a short pass to Moreau, who rushes for 44 yards and fumbles the ball out of bounds. Raiders get a fresh set of downs at the Chargers’ 7.
8:22 p.m.: Carr completes a pass to Jacobs for 8 yards and gets a first down at the Las Vegas 49.
8:20 p.m.: Chargers win the coin toss and defer. Raiders will start with possession on the kickoff.
Chargers vs. Raiders start time
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 9
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
The Chargers vs. Raideres game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2021 are scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET.
What channel is Chargers vs. Raiders on tonight?
- TV channels: NBC
- Live streams: Peacock, fuboTV
The Chargers vs. Raiders matchup will be broadcast nationally on NBC with announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on the call and Michele Tafoya on the sidelines.
For those hoping to stream the matchup, NBC will carry the game on its streaming platform, Peacock. You can also stream “Sunday Night Football” live online with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
NFL live stream for ‘Sunday Night Football’
If you don’t have access to NBC through a cable subscription, there are many other options you can look into to watch the “Sunday Night Football” matchup.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports App||No||Yes||–||–|
|AT&T TV Now||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
Chargers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Washington||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||at Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 4||vs. Raiders||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Browns||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Patriots||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 7||at Eagles||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Vikings||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Steelers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|12||Nov. 28||at Broncos||4:05 p.m ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Giants||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||Dec. 16||vs. Chiefs||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|16||Dec. 26||at Texans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Broncos||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Raiders||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
Raiders schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 13||vs. Ravens||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN/ABC|
|2||Sept. 19||at Steelers||1 p.m ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Dolphins||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 4||at Chargers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Bears||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||at Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Eagles||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|9||Nov. 7||at Giants||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Chiefs||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Bengals||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|12||Nov. 25||at Cowboys||4:30 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Washington||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||Dec. 12||at Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||Dec. 18 or 19||at Browns||TBD||TBD|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Colts||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Chargers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 9 (Thur.)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Sept. 12||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||Sept. 19||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||Sept. 26||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4||Oct. 3||New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Oct. 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6||Oct. 17||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|7||Oct. 24||San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Oct. 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||Nov. 7||Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans|
|10||Nov. 14||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||Nov. 21||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12||Nov. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13||Dec. 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14||Dec. 12||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|15||Dec. 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||Dec. 26||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17||Jan. 2||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|18||Jan. 9||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|