The Chargers slow start and lack of execution ultimately led to their 27-17 defeat to the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders won the toss and opted to defer, meaning the Bolts started the game on offense for the first time all season. Facing third and long,
San Diego’s drive spanning the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second was a 13-play series that saw the Bolts get down to the Raiders one-yard line. But a
Starting the third quarter with the ball, the Raiders penetrated the Chargers side of the field, but a
On the first play, Rivers tossed a five –yard shovel pass to Danny Woodhead to make it a 24-10 game. The defense forced a timely three-and-out, and the offense
Down 14-0 midway through the second-quarter, the Bolts faced a fourth and goal from less than a yard away. Philip Rivers handed the ball to Danny Woodhead, but he was stuffed at the line, keeping the Chargers from getting any points.
It was Over When…
Down 14, the Chargers had the ball and looked to narrow the lead. Unfortunately, Danny Woodhead was hit hard by Kevin Burnett and the ball popped loose. Charles Woodson scooped it and ran for a touchdown at a 24-3 lead that was too much for the Chargers to overcome.
Play of the Game
Looking for a spark late in the third quarter, the Bolts got it in the form of a deep pass to Vincent Brown. The third year wideout ran up the left sideline and hauled in a 51-yard pass that led to the Chargers first touchdown of the game.
Stat of the Game
The Chargers turned the ball over a season-high five times.
“You’ve got to show up and play your best every week. If you turn the ball over five times on the road, it’s going to be tough to beat any team in this league. That’s where it all starts.” – Head Coach Mike McCoy
“Any time you have turnovers it makes it tough to come back. It makes it tough to win games. We just weren’t making plays. But we’ve got to go back to work. That starts when we get back in and watch film. We’ve got to move on.” – Running Back Danny Woodhead
“We just had a bad game. You can’t really explain why those things happen but it will test what we’re all about. We’ve just got to move on from it honestly. We didn’t play good in all three phases. Five turnovers and getting down 17-0 early, those are ingredients for a terrible game. Coach alluded to that, so we’ll see what we’re all about. See how this team is going to react from laying an egg.” – Safety
“You’ve got to tip your cap to them; they just outplayed us tonight really. It’s hard enough to win on the road, but when you give a team a 17 point lead, you’re fighting an uphill battle the rest of the way. It’s a tough thing to overcome in this league.” – Tight End
Odds and Ends
Philip Rivers finished the game completing 36 of 49 passes for 411-yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for a passer rating of 86.4.
Vincent Brown led the team with 117 yards on eight catches. He was followed closely by Keenan Allen who had 115 yards on six receptions.
Danny Woodhead led the team with nine receptions.
Donald Butler recorded a team-high eight tackles.
The Chargers registered four sacks on the day – two by
San Diego outgained the Raiders 423 to 299.
The 8:35pm PST start time was the latest kickoff in NFL history.