Chargers Edge Out Raiders in a Tight Game

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After dropping their first four games, the Los Angeles Chargers have put together a win streak and brought their record to 2-4 after a comeback victory on the road over the Oakland Raiders. This came just one week after the Chargers went into MetLife Stadium and beat the New York Giants 27-22. The Chargers are now 2-1 on the road for the year, compared to 0-3 at home at the StubHub Center, where they have often played in front of hostile crowds full of the road team’s fans.

The game against the Raiders was tight throughout, with neither team leading at any point by more than one score. Trevor Williams recorded an interception of Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr in the first quarter, but the Chargers weren’t able to get much going on offense, and Nick Novak couldn’t put in a 48-yard field goal attempt. On the Raiders’ next drive, Carr struck back, tossing a 23-yard touchdown to Michael Crabtree to put the team up 7-0 with 5:04 left in the first quarter.

Neither team could do much on offense for the rest of the first quarter and about half of the second, until the Chargers adjusted their tempo on what would be their final drive of the first half. Rivers got into a rhythm, and after a 15-play, 82-yard drive, Melvin Gordon dove in from a yard out for a touchdown. The game wouldn’t stay tied for long, though, as the Raiders picked up a field goal at the end of the half to go up 10-7.

The third quarter was also a slow one offensively for each team, with neither of them scoring at all. That changed as the Chargers put a drive together to start the fourth, going 59 yard in 10 plays and capping it with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Gordon. Rivers had a solid game overall, going 25 of 36 for 268 yards with one touchdown and no picks, outplaying Carr on a day when the Bolts’ rushing attack averaged only 2.9 yards per carry.

The Raiders’ running game, on the other hand, averaged 5 yards per carry, in large part due to a 47-yard Cordarrelle Patterson touchdown run on their next drive. However, their kicker missed the extra point attempt, giving them only a 16-10 lead.

After the teams exchanged punts, Rivers went to work from his own 8-yard line with 4:09 left. He connected on two deep passes with Hunter Henry, and Melvin Gordon worked in a few solid runs of his own. The team’s clock management was also on point, and Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal as the clock ran out for a 17-16 win.

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