For the first time in four games, the Chargers trailed entering the fourth quarter.
They had a chance to at least tie the game.
But, for the fourth time this season, the Chargers found another new way to lose a game.
With two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and on fourth and one at the Raiders’ 18-yard line, Drew Kaser fumbled the hold for what would have been a game-tying Josh Lambo field goal.
The Raiders got the ball back on downs, and ran the clock down to 20 seconds before punter Marquette King blasted a 51-yard punt.
The Chargers had time for one play, but it didn’t matter.
The game was over.
A 34-31 loss to the Raiders, their tenth straight division loss, dropped the Chargers to 1-4 on the season, and left us all again wondering, how is this possible?
The Chargers committed four other turnovers, including another costly fumble by Melvin Gordon, his second in as many weeks. It led to seven Raiders points and gave Oakland a 27-24 lead late in the third quarter.
The Raiders extended their lead to 23-24 after another touchdown drive, courtesy of a 16-yard shanked punt by Kaser that gave Oakland the ball at San Diego’s 32-yard line.
The Chargers fought back, ultimately putting themselves in a position to potentially play overtime football.
But Kaser couldn’t put the bad punt behind him. The fumbled hold cost the Chargers another game.
New method, same result: another mind-blowing loss.
Truly remarkable if you think about it.