“I’ve Never Wanted A Tie So Bad”: Heartbreaking Justin Herbert Moment Captured Before Las Vegas Raiders Crush LA Chargers’ Playoffs Hopes

Published 01/10/2022, 6:32 AM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) looks on prior to a game against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters


Every time that the Los Angeles Chargers needed him, Justin Herbert delivered. The quarterback played his heart out on the field and gave his all in every play. Week 18 was crucial for the Chargers. LA needed to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive. But America’s most wanted, the Las Vegas Raiders, had other plans.

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Oct 10, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports| Reuters

The Raiders defeated the Chargers and knocked them out of the playoff race. During the first timeout, the cameras captured a heartbreaking moment. We saw the Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert with a broken spirit and fear of losing. 

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Justin Herbert wanted a tie

Before the game began, both the teams had a record of 9-7. Justin Herbert is in his second season with the Chargers. The 23-year-old QB had a pretty good first year. He won the offensive rookie of the year last season. In the game last night, Herbert threw a season-high of 64 passes for 383 yards. He also scored three touchdowns.

In any other matchup, these are some game-winning stats. But the Raiders were one step ahead in Week 18. They defeated the Chargers with a score of 35-32. The Chargers are done for the season as this loss eliminated them from the playoffs’ contention. 

An amazing touchdown by LA with literally no seconds left on the clock tied the game. The score was 29-29. It put the game into overtime. This gave the Chargers some hope. A couple of field goals later, the 32-32 game became sudden death. During the first timeout, we saw Justin Herbert with his helmet over his head.

What he said next was heartbreaking for everybody. The QB said, “I’ve never wanted a tie so bad.” We can literally see the sadness on his face. But a few minutes later, the Raiders took it home with another field goal. 

Herbert talks about not making it to the playoffs after the game

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In the post-match interviews, the reporters asked Justin many questions. One of those questions was how tough is it not to make it to the playoffs this year?

To which Herbert replied, “It’s tough. The whole goal is to get to the playoffs and eventually win a Super Bowl,” he adds, “It didn’t go our way tonight, and that’s the unfortunate part.” This is the seventh time the Chargers have missed the postseason in eight years.

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It is really heartbreaking to see them go out despite the efforts of Justin Herbert. Maybe next season will be better for Los Angeles. 

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Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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Sports journalist by day, gamer by night and a gym addict by morning. Gurjyot has been a lifelong fan of Wrestling, Contact sports, Rock music and Video games. With a degree in English Literature and Economics from Patkar College, Mumbai, he is set out to conquer every task he sets his mind to.

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