OAKLAND, Calif. — On the last chance to save the New York Jets' season, John Hall launched them into the playoffs.
Hall kicked a 53-yard field goal with 59 seconds left as the Jets clinched a postseason berth with a wild 24-22 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
On his only field goal attempt of the game, Hall proved his leg is one of the NFL's strongest — even strong enough to overcome three turnovers by the Jets (10-6), who made the playoffs for the first time since 1998 under first-year coach Herman Edwards. They'll open the playoffs on the road next week as a wild-card team, but they were 7-1 away from home this season.
With their third straight loss, the Raiders' (10-6) collapse cost them a first-round playoff bye while handing a bye to New England. Oakland will open the playoffs at home next week — possibly against the Jets — but the Raiders might still be shell-shocked from their fourth defeat in six games.
The Raiders had the ball and a 22-21 lead with 3:12 to play, but their inconsistent offense couldn't move. The Jets then drove to Oakland's 35 with four passes, including a 15-yard completion on third down to Kevin Swayne.
On the final kick, holder Tom Tupa somehow corraled a low snap in time to set the ball for Hall, whose kick barely creeped over the crossbar. It was the sixth lead change of the game, and the Jets leapt and shouted on the field in celebration. They did so again after Oakland's offense turned it over on downs moments later.
Substitute Raiders kicker Brad Daluiso made a 37-yard field goal with 6:05 left. Daluiso, the Giants' kicker for six seasons before he was cut this fall, was signed earlier this week to fill in for Sebastian Janikowski, who was in the hospital with a recurring foot problem called cellulitis.
Daluiso connected from 23, 44 and 37 yards, but he also missed two attempts, clanged an extra point off the uprights and was short on all of his kickoffs.
Vinny Testaverde threw two terrible interceptions, but he was 18-of-29 for 230 yards, and he expertly directed the final drive.
The Raider Nation has lost its patience with the team that steamrolled nearly every opponent it faced at the Coliseum in the previous 1 1/2 seasons. Oakland lost three of its final four home games following a 10-game regular-season winning streak.
Starting with the Jets' easy first touchdown, the Raiders were booed frequently by their fans, and those who remained for the final play let them have it again.
In the game's opening minute, Testaverde hit Laveranues Coles with a screen pass that he turned into a 40-yard touchdown, running past several flailing Raiders on the Jets' longest pass play of the season.