This one was over by half time. The Chargers were up 20-10 and outside of an 87-yard bomb to Amari Cooper, they weren’t getting anything going on offense. The other Raiders score came off a very low field goal attempt by Chargers kicker Nick Rose that bounced 38 yards the other way, instantly putting the Raiders in field goal range.
It wasn’t just the Raiders offense that was having issues. Their defense wasn’t stopping anything either. And with just over five minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Chargers scored two touchdowns, for three in the first half.
The Chargers’ first of those touchdown came early in the second quarter when Melvin Gordon went up the middle for 11 yards, had the ball punched out by Reggie Nelson, only to see the ball end up in the hands of Keenan Allen who ran it the final 27 yards for a touchdown.
Their last two touchdowns also came on big plays. The first went to Tyrell Williams who got wide open on a broken coverage for a 56-yard score.
The Raiders attempted to answer, but that ended with Carr throwing deep for Johnny Holton in double coverage resulting in Tre Boston intercepting him in the end zone and returning it to the 23.
So, instead of the Raiders getting a late score to make it interesting, the Chargers drove for a touchdown in the final two minutes, with Rivers dinking and dunking the Raiders to death and finishing off with a 6-yard pass to Keenan Allen who gets his second TD against his childhood favorite team. Denico Autry would get up to block the extra point try for the 20-10 halftime score.
The onslaught would continue in the third quarter, with the Chargers leading off the second half with a drive for a field goal. The Raiders answered with a drive to the LA 18-yard-line, where they would go for it on 4th and two, but the Chargers weren’t fooled on a pitch out right to Marshawn Lynch and stop it for no gain and a turnover on downs.
The answer from the Chargers was Travis Benjamin burning Antonio Hamilton for a 62-yard touchdown and a 30-10 lead.
Early in the 4th quarter, the Raiders would go for it on 4th and one from their own 17. Carr would try to sneak and fumble the ball to the Chargers who would take over just as they would have had he just been stopped.
From there, the only thing the Raiders had to look forward to was potentially getting Marshawn to hit 98 yards and go over 10,000 for his career. He needed 20 yards going in to the 4th quarter.
He would get the mark with an 11-yard run with 4:53 left in the game.
The run put the Raiders in first and goal at the 8-yard-line, but they wouldn’t get much close, eventually going for it on 4th and goal from the 5-yard-line with Derek Carr running around and throwing out the back of the end zone. And ugly end to an ugly season.
While the Raiders finish 6-10, the Chargers end the season 9-7 hoping for some help to grab a playoff spot.