The Chargers scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, but not enough to overcome their large deficit against the victorious Oakland Raiders on Sunday night.
But Terrelle Pryor led a drive that netted a field goal, opened the Raiders' lead to 10 points, and wasted time. It also ended up widening Oakland's lead to an insurmountable margin.
That didn't stop Rivers from trying to rally two late scores out of the offense. He drove the ball to Gates and Keenan Allen for three big gains in a no-huddle attack, but was intercepted in the end zone with 1:48 left to play by Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden. Rivers and the Chargers offense had one more opportunit to put together a scoring drive but once again the Raiders picked the ball off this time it was Charles Woodson in the end zone which effectively ended the game.
The Chargers will sink to 2-3. The Raiders will be 2-3 as well, but own the crucial tiebreaker over the Bolts.
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Two big fumbles popped away from the Bolts in the third quarter. Only one bounced the Chargers' way.
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The Raiders lead the Chargers 24-3 as the final quarter begins.
Green recovered a blocked Nick Novak field goal attempt, then ran for the three yards the Bolts needed for a first down. Keenan Allen just missed a toe-tapping touchdown and Novak was true on his second chance.
Rivers' gritty play put the Bolts in position to score. In front of the raucous Black Hole, Rivers delivered a catchable ball to Allen, but replays showed the rookie just couldn't get his second shoe inside the line.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano made the perfect calls to confound Terrelle Pryor on the next series. But when the ball was given back to the offense, Woodhead fumbled on a run off left tackle. Woodson picked it up and ran 25 yards to the end zone.
Rivers connected on a 51-yard pass to put the team deep in Raiders territory. That's where they'll begin the fourth quarter.
A special teams gaffe led to three more points for the team in gray and black.
The muffed punt capped a roller-coaster quarter for the offense and defense.
At the start of the quarter, Philip Rivers and company returned to the ground game and threatened to cut into the Raiders lead. All three backs of the Bolts' three-headed attack contributed and got the ball down to the half-yard line. The ball never advanced that extra half-yard as San Diego was rebuffed on fourth down and lost possession.
The defense withstood a few radical scrambles from Terrelle Pryor and forced a punt. But Royal's fumble gave them possession right back in Janikowski's field goal range.
Rivers was dragged down on the next series for a sack that ended a two-minute drill try.
For the first time this season, the Bolts won't receive the second half kickoff. The Raiders will start the third quarter with possession after deferring on the opening coin toss.
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The Raiders notched just the third interception of Philip Rivers' stellar 2013 campaign. Then, they turned that pick into their first of two touchdowns.
Terrelle Pryor found a streaking Rod Streater down the Chargers sideline to put the Raiders up 7-0. Their 44-yard connection came one play after Raiders safety Usama Young caught an overthrown ball from Rivers and returned it 25 yards the other way.
The Chargers trail the Raiders 14-0 after the Pryor-to-Streater throw and a late touchdown toss from Pryor to receiver Denarius Moore.
The Bolts offense has picked up first downs in the first fifteen minutes, but hasn't sustained drives. On the teams' second drive, Rivers completed first down throws to Eddie Royal and
After regaining possession, Pryor and the Raiders drove 88 yards in 13 plays and scored after an eight-minute drive. He rolled right then found Moore in the back of the end zone to widen the Bolts' deficit.
Rivers and the offense are back on the field as the second quarter commences.
O.Co Coliseum was decked out in green and gold less than 24 hours ago. Now, it’s in full “Black Hole” mode for the Bolts’ first divisional clash.
The San Diego Chargers (2-2) are on the road and under the lights for tonight’s game against the Oakland Raiders (1-3). Yesterday’s playoff game between the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers delayed tonight’s start; kickoff is slated for 8:30pm PST.
Philip Rivers has keyed an offensive explosion for the Chargers, who are scoring an average of 27 points per game this season. The 10-year veteran ranks second in the NFL and has completed an astounding 73.9% of his passes. He’ll look to continue his hot start by passing to leading pass-catcher Antonio Gates, who’s enjoying a standout season of his own after four games. Historically, Gates has saved some of his best games for the Raiders – he has 11 career receiving touchdowns against tonight’s interstate rival. Running back Danny Woodhead has also emerged as a weapon for the Bolts. In the air or as part of the team’s three-headed running back rotation, Woodhead will look to build upon last week’s two score performance.
Terrelle Pryor returns from a concussion to resume his role as the dual-threat quarterback of the Raiders. Pryor can run and pass, and both skills are needed tonight. The Bolts be without pass-rusher
Inactives for the Raiders include: Darren McFadden, Tyvon Branch, Stefen Wisniewski, Menelik Watson, Tony Pashos, Juron Criner and Stacy McGee
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