Oakland Raiders Top Division Rival Los Angeles Chargers
On a third-and-1 from the Los Angeles Chargers 18-yard line with 1:02 to play, Los Angeles was expecting Derek Carr to pass for the Oakland Raiders with them trailing 24-20 in the fourth quarter.
Carr handed it off to Josh Jacobs instead and he scored the game-winning 18-yard touchdown (missed extra point) and Oakland was able to win the game by a score of 26-24.
Jacobs finished with 71 yards rushing on 16 carries and a score. He also caught three passes for 30 yards receiving.
The Chargers had one last opportunity to score. On fourth-and-10 from their own 25-yard line with 43 seconds remaining, Philip Rivers threw an incomplete pass intended for Keenan Allen, but a defensive holding by Trevon Mullen allowed the drive to be extended.
On a fourth-and-10 from their own 30 with 20 seconds remaining, Rivers was picked off by Karl Joseph.
Los Angeles did have three timeouts remaining after the interception so they had a slim chance to stop them on a three-and-out and force a blocked punt or something crazy.
Josh Jacobs sealed the game with 16 seconds remaining on a 5-yard rush for a first down.
With the Raiders leading 3-0 in the first quarter, Eric Harris picked off Phillip Rivers and Harris returned it for a 56-yard touchdown. He picked off Rivers twice in this game.
Philip Rivers threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Henry for the Los Angeles Chargers in the second quarter. Henry finished the game with four receptions for 30 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Melvin Gordon II scored on a 4-yard touchdown run later in the second-quarter for Los Angeles. Gordon II finished with 108 yards rushing on 22 carries and a score. He also caught one pass for 25 yards receiving.
With 20 seconds remaining in the first half, Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Alec Ingold for Oakland. Carr completed 21-of-31 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for four yards on one carry.
Ingold’s touchdown reception was his only reception in this game.
The Oakland Raiders leading receiver in this game was Jalen Richard with four receptions for 43 yards receiving. He also rushed for zero yards on two carries.
With less than 4:08 remaining in regulation, Philip Rivers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler to give them a 24-20 lead for the moment and the defense wasn’t able to hold the lead for the Los Angeles Chargers. Rivers completed 17-of-31 passes for 207 yards two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Ekeler caught two passes for 29 yards receiving and a touchdown. He also rushed for 19 yards on six carries.
The leading receiver in this game was Keenan Allen. He caught eight passes for 68 yards receiving. Allen also rushed for 18 yards on one carry.
The playoff hopes for Los Angeles took a big dive after this loss.
Oakland feels like they can be a Wild Card contender in the AFC. At the moment, the Raiders are only a game back of the Kansas City Chiefs for first place in the AFC West, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be back for them this week on the road against the Tennessee Titans and they could go on a run.
Another key thing for this team in this game was that the Raiders defense had five sacks in this game as well, along with the three interceptions. This defense has been average at best all season long. Jon Gruden has done a tremendous job facing this team.
The Chargers (4-5) will host the Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) next Monday night.
Oakland (5-4) will host the Cincinnati Bengals (0-8) next Sunday.
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