The Oakland Raiders lost a total heartbreaker on the last play of the game to the Los Angeles Chargers, 17-16. Here are the highlights and the game recap.
This one’s rough. The Oakland Raiders lose by the slimmest of margins on the final play of the game to the division rival Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon in Week 6, 17-16. Chargers placekicker Nick Novak would make a 32-yard field goal as time expired to knock off the Raiders at home.
Los Angeles improves to 4-2 on the year with the Chargers’ second win in a row. Oakland is in bad shape, as the Silver and Black have dropped four games in a row after a 2-0 start to fall to 2-4. It doesn’t get any better with the quick turnaround versus Kansas City on Thursday.
Oakland would get on the board first with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree. Los Angeles would eventually respond with a one-yard touchdown run from Melvin Gordon. Giorgio Tavecchio would make a 44-yard field goal to give the Raiders the 10-7 lead heading into halftime.
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Both defenses battled all game long. It really came down to offensive execution and sadly special teams in the second half.
Gordon would find pay dirt for the second time with a six-yard grab from Philip Rivers. That would give the Chargers a 14-10 lead with about 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Oakland would take the lead on a magnificent 47-yard run by receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. However, this is where it came back to bite the Raiders. Tavecchio would miss the ensuing PAT. Oakland would only take a 16-10 lead with 7:51 remaining.
The Chargers would get deep into Raiders’ territory inside of two minutes. From there, you just knew that Novak was going to make the game-winning kick from that distance. He would do so and completely crushed Oakland’s spirits in the process.
- Melvin Gordon: Gordon had 25 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown. He also had nine catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.
- Hayes Pullard III: Pullard had 10 tackles, two solo and one for a loss of yardage. He would also intercept Carr’s pass in the red zone.
- Philip Rivers: Rivers completed 25 of 36 passes for 268 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
It’s a very quick turnaround for the Silver and Black. The Raiders will host their arch rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in Week 7. Kickoff from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum will be at 5:25 p.m. PT, 8:25 p.m. ET on Oct. 19. CBS, the NFL Network and Amazon will have the national telecast.
You can’t extract anything positive from losing four games in a row, two of which to division rivals. Oakland might be out of it, but will almost certainly be if they lose to Kansas City at home. This one is going to hurt for a while. The Raiders didn’t get it done.