There’s only one way to describe the Chargers 23-20 loss against the Raiders.
A wild hail mary attempt by the Raiders ended the first half. It went like this: D.Carr pass short right to L.Murray to SD 30 for 24 yards. Lateral to A.Cooper to OAK 46 for -24 yards. Lateral to D.Carr to SD 49 for 5 yards. Lateral to M.Crabtree to SD 49 for no gain (M.Te’o). Penalty on OAK-J.Feliciano, Illegal Block Above the Waist, declined. Penalty on OAK-G.Jackson, Ineligible Downfield Pass, declined.
The first half ended with the Chargers on top 17-10. The second half started with six straight punts by both teams before Philip Rivers was sacked in the end zone for a safety making the score 17-12. The Raiders would punt on their ensueing series after the safety.
Things got really weird for the Chargers on their next possession. Facing third-and-10 from Oakland’s 20-yard line, Rivers attempted a pass to Danny Woodhead near the sideline but it was incomplete. It looked like Woodhead was slightly shoved before the pass and he was visibly upset. So was Mike McCoy. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called which put San Diego back to the 35-yard line. Josh Lambo then nailed a 53-yard field goal but a rare defensive holding penalty was called against the Raiders which gave the Chargers a first down. On the next play, Rivers hit Ladarius Green on a 30-yard touchdown pass but the play was ultimately overturned because Green did not maintain possession throughout the catch. The Chargers would later settle for a 48-yard field goal attempt but Josh Lambo missed wide left.
The Raiders punted again on their next series. The Chargers, still clinging to a five point lead, made it interesting on their next possession. On his first catch of the year, tight end David Johnson had the ball knocked loose and the Raiders recovered, returning it 41 yards to San Diego’s three-yard line. David Carr hit Michael Crabtree on a floater in the end zone on the next play for a touchdown. Oakland went for two and converted after that, pushing the score to 20-17 with 4:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Chargers drove 67 yards and settled for a Lambo, seeking redemption, 48-yard field goal to the tie the game at 20.
The game would go to overtime. Oakland got the ball to start the fifth period. After back-t0-back Oakland penalties that put the Raiders in a second-and-29 situation at their own 20-yard line, Denzel Perryman was called for unnecessary roughness for hitting a defenseless receiver (Michael Crabtree). The Raiders were awarded 15 yards and a first down. Ultimately, Oakland went 67 yards downfield and had a few shots in the endzone before being forced to kick a chip shot 31-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.
Four-and-out for the Chargers on their next possession.
The injury story line continued for the Chargers in Oakland. Eric Weddle (groin), Jason Verrett (hamstring), Chris Hairston (abdomen), Javontee Herndon (chest), Orlando Franklin (concussion), and Darrell Stuckey (knee) all left the game and did not return. Weddle has battled a groin injury for most of the season. If he is unable to play next week in Denver, it’s likely he played his last snap as a Charger in Oakland. On the Raiders last series in overtime, wide receiver Dontrelle Inman was in at safety for the Chargers. He missed a crucial tackle on a 33-yard gain on third-and-eight.
–Andrew Burer (TWITTER: @andrewburer)