Chargers kick Raiders to fourth straight defeat
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nick Novak kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Los Angeles Chargers to a 17-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday.
The Chargers (2-4) won their second straight game while the Raiders (2-4) lost their fourth straight.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon carried 25 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and caught nine passes for 67 yards and a score.
Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 268 yards and one touchdown, completing 25 of 36 passes.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr returned to action after missing one game with a small broken bone in his back and threw for 171 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He completed 21 of 30 passes and had a passer rating of 67.5.
The Raiders took a 16-14 lead with 7:51 left on Cordarrelle Patterson's 47-yard end around for a touchdown. Giorgio Tavecchio missed the extra point, and the Raiders' lead remained two points.
The Chargers and Raiders then had three-and-outs and after an Oakland punt, the Chargers began their next drive at their 8-yard line with 4:09 remaining. Rivers hit tight end Hunter Henry for 34 yards on first down. Two plays later, he connected with Henry for 23 yards to the Raiders' 33. Gordon carried five straight times, giving the Chargers first-and-goal from the 10 with under 1:40 left and the Raiders out of timeouts.
The Raiders clung to a 10-7 lead after a scoreless third quarter. But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Carr threw incomplete on fourth-and-2 and the Chargers took over at their 41.
Los Angeles marched 59 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown as Gordon scored on a 6-yard screen pass from Rivers. That gave the Chargers a 14-10 lead with 10:19 remaining.
The Raiders answered with Patterson's long touchdown run. Patterson lined up wide right, went in motion left and blasted around left end. He cut back at the 25 and scored. It was his sixth career rushing touchdown and second this year.
The Raiders struck first, taking their first lead since Week 2 against the New York Jets, on Carr's 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree with 5:04 left in the first quarter. Crabtree lined up in the right slot and broke wide open as he cut toward the right sideline. Carr hit him in stride, beating the blitz.
Los Angeles pulled even with 1:44 left in the half on Gordon's 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down, capping a 15-play, 82-yard drive. Rivers' 28-yard strike to wide receiver Keenan Allen gave the Chargers a first down at the Raiders' 49. Later in the drive, Rivers connected with tight end Antonio Gates for 16 yards and Allen for 13.
The Raiders took a 10-7 lead on Tavecchio's 44-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
NOTES: Chargers rookie wide WR Mike Williams, a first-round draft pick who had been sidelined by a herniated disk in his lower back, made his NFL debut and caught one pass for 15 yards. ... Raiders MLB Marquel Lee (ankle) was inactive, and Tyrell Adams started in his place. ... Chargers T Joe Barksdale (foot), a former Raider, was active. ... Raiders FB Jamize Olawale (concussion) was inactive. ... Raiders CB David Amerson was in the lineup after missing one game with a concussion.