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Chargers' Struggle Ends in 27-17 Defeat to Raiders

Posted Oct 6, 2013

The Chargers slow start and lack of execution ultimately sealed their fate in a 27-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

The Chargers slow start and lack of execution ultimately led to their 27-17 defeat to the Oakland Raiders.

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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, Philip Rivers looked deep but was off the mark and picked off.  On the Raiders first play, Terrelle Pryor connected with Rod Streater for a 44-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Passes to Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown got the Chargers into Oakland territory, but the drive stalled and Mike Scifres punted a ball down to the Raiders 12 yard line.  Oakland strung together a long 88-yard drive over 8:08, ending with a two-yard Pryor TD pass to Denarius Moore for a 14-0 lead after the first 15-minutes of play. 

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 fourth-down run by Danny Woodhead was stuffed, and the Chargers came up empty.  After two first downs, the Bolts defense forced a punt. Unfortunately, Eddie Royal muffed it and the Raiders took over at the San Diego 38. The defense stopped them on three plays, but Sebastian Janikowski extended the lead with a 47-yard field goal for a 17-0 advantage.  The Chargers got the ball to midfield, but Rivers was sacked on third down and the team was forced to punt. Oakland moved into Chargers territory, but the Chargers held on third down and they punted back to the Chargers with 41 ticks left in the half. San Diego ran one play and then let the second quarter come to an end.

Starting the third quarter with the ball, the Raiders penetrated the Chargers side of the field, but a Johnny Patrick sack on third down forced a punt.   San Diego responded with its first scoring drive of the game.  It appeared they would come up empty as Nick Novak’s 37-yard field goal was blocked.  However, the ball popped right to Ladarius Green, who ran 10-yards for a first down to the Raiders 14.  Two plays later, Rivers hit Keenan Allen for what looked like a touchdown, but it was reversed.  The team failed to get into the end zone and settled for a 35-yard Novak field goal.  On the board and down 17-3, the defense responded with a Sean Lissemore sack and a three-and-out.  Two plays later, however, Danny Woodhead was popped by Kevin Burnett and the ball came loose.  Charles Woodson picked it up and ran back for a touchdown and a 24-3 lead.  On offense, a long 51-yard pass from Rivers to Vincent Brown had the Chargers in the Raiders red zone.  The quarter ended with the Chargers knocking on the doorstep at the two yard line, faced with second down.

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 responded by trimming the score to 24-17.  Rivers hit Allen for his first career touchdown, culminating a five-play, 54-yard drive with a seven-yard strike to the rookie.   The Chargers managed to get the Raiders into a 3rd-and-long situation, but the Raiders picked it up and found themselves at the San Diego 39-yard line. Donald Butler came up with a big stop on third down, bringing out Janikowski for a 50-yard field goal that he drilled for a 10-point advantage.  The Chargers offense came back on the field putting together a lengthy drive that ended with a Rivers interception. With two minutes remaining, the Raiders got the ball back but had to punt it away with a minute remaining.  Rivers and the Chargers offense tried one last time to put together a drive but once again ended in an interception. Terrell Pryor took a knee to end the game.

Turning Point

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.

Bolt Quotebook

“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 Eric Weddle

“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 Antonio Gates

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 Jarret Johnson and one each by Sean Lissemore and Johnny Patrick.

San Diego outgained the Raiders 423 to 299.

Inactives for the Chargers include: Brad Sorensen, Lavelle Hawkins, Brandon Taylor, Tourek Williams, King Dunlap, Chad Rinehart and Kwame Geathers.

The 8:35pm PST start time was the latest kickoff in NFL history.


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