Once again, the Raiders started the game poorly. On the second play of the game, Derek Carr threw an interception on what appeared to be a miscommunication between he and Michael Crabtree. The Chargers took over at the 30-yard-line, but a missed Nick Novak field goal attempt had the Raiders’ escaping the turnover without surrendering any points.
They then took their second chance and marched down the field, culminating in a 23-yard pass to Michael Crabtree on a slant which he dives over pylon for the touchdown.
Both teams bumbled around for a while, with some nice defensive plays sprinkled in. TJ Carrie was racking up tackles and added a couple passes defended. But the Raiders offense was not able to get things going, giving the Chargers a lot of chances. Eventually they would capitalize.
Midway through the second quarter, the Chargers went on a long drive. In the process, they converted on third and 7, third and 8, third and 9, and finally on fourth and goal from the one-yard-line to tie it up at 7-7.
The Raiders would answer with another long drive with the key play being a pass interference penalty on Chargers’ safety Jahleel Addae who had been beaten by Jared Cook and grabbed him. Giorgio Tavecchio added a 44-yard field goal to give the Raiders a 10-7 lead at the half.
The Raiders got the ball to start the second half and went on another long drive. They drove to the Chargers’ 15-yard-line, where Carr threw for Marshawn Lynch short over the middle. The pass was wide of Lynch, who reached for it and tipped it in the air and it was intercepted.
On third down, the Raiders were finally able to sack Philip Rivers when Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack closed the pocket and Irvin got the sack to force a punt.
A bit later, the Chargers would turn the ball over when Dexter McDonald made the tackle on a Tyrell Williams catch and punched the ball out. But they could do nothing with it on offense.
Another opportunity led to another long drive by the Chargers, including two more third down conversions and finished off with the Raiders coming on the blitz and Rivers dropping it right over their heads to Melvin Gordon for the easy touchdown to take a 14-10 lead.
The Raiders answered with an end around by Cordarrelle Patterson he took 47 yards for the score. But Giorgio Tavecchio missed the extra point and the Raiders would be up just two points, 16-14.
A defensive stop by the Raiders gave the offense a chance to avoid a late game-winning field goal situation. They couldn’t do it. A deep pass to Amari Cooper and a great catch for 19 yards was called back by an illegal formation penalty on Michael Crabtree.
Marquette King did his part with a 58-yard punt to the 8-yard-line. But the defense couldn’t make the stop.
Philip Rivers went deep for tight end Hunter Henry for 34 yards on the first play. Two plays later, he went back to Henry for 23 yards. That play put the Chargers in field goal range at the LA 33-yard-line. A stop there, would mean a long field goal and time to answer if need be. But the Chargers kept picking up yards, including converting a third and 3 with 1:40 remaining to put them in firt and goal at the 10-yard-line. From there the Chargers kneeled it to set up the field goal to win it 17-16 as time expired.
This loss is a killer. The Raiders drop to 2-4 with the 5-1 division leading Chiefs coming to town in 4 days.
Utterly soul crushing loss for this team that looks nothing like the team that took the field last season. This Raiders team doesn’t look like they’ll win another game this season.
Derek Carr has two interceptions in the game and one touchdown. Marshawn Lynch had 13 carries for 63 yards.