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Bolts Fall to Raiders in Week 13


The Chargers are 6-6 after falling to the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Here is a quick game recap from the 27-20 loss.

First Quarter

Sebastian Joseph-Day, Derwin James, Jr. and Keenan Allen were the Chargers captains. The Bolts won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Chargers defense starting strong by forcing a three-and-out and DeAndre Carter followed with a 23-yard punt return. The Bolts faced a fourth-and-3 and converted on a run on a fake punt by Joshua Kelley. But the Bolts opening drive ended with a punt by JK Scott that rolled out of bounds at the 6-yard line. The defense continued its staring start when Kenneth Murray, Jr. forced a fumble that was recovered by Kyle Van Noy. The Bolts took over at the Raiders 25-yard line and but couldn't turn the takeaway into points. The Chargers went for it on fourth-and-2 at the 17 but Justin Herbert was a yard shy on a scramble. The Bolts defense then got on the board when Bryce Callahan intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 26 yards for a score. The score was the second of Callahan's career and gave the Bolts an early 7-0 lead.

The defense was up to the task again as the unit forced another Raiders three-and-out late in the first quarter. The Bolts were then on the move in LV territory as the first quarter came to a close, as the offense had the ball at the 37-yard line.

Second Quarter

The Chargers took advantage and added to their lead early in the second frame with a 37-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker. But the Raiders responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with a. 20-yard run from Josh Jacobs to cut the Bolts lead to 10-7. The Bolts offense then went three-and-out on its next possession and punted it away. The Raiders would tie the game on their ensuing possession by hitting a 55-yard field goal. The Bolts took over at their own 25 with just over two minutes left in the first half. Keenan Allen had back-to-back catches to get the Bolts into LV territory before Herbert hit Austin Ekeler for 18 yards through the air. Facing third-and-10 from the 34, Herbert found Joshua Palmer for 11 yards to move the chains. But the drive stalled in the red zone as Dicker's 34-yard field goal gave the Chargers a 13-10 lead. The Raiders weren't done as they quickly moved into Chargers territory, but the drive came up empty when Daniel Carlson's 52-yard field goal try was wide left.

Browse through live action photos of the Bolts Week 13 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders

Third Quarter

The Chargers had a rough start to the second half as Ekeler fumbled on the Bolts second offensive play of the third quarter. To make matters worse, the Raiders score on the next play — a 31-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams. But the Bolts responded by moving to Raiders territory when Palmer had a 15-yard catch on third-and-7, although the drive ended with no points as Dicker's 52-yard field goal try was no good. The Bolts rough third quarter continued as the Raiders scored two plays later on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Adams. Down 24-13, the Chargers offense couldn't get much going and punted the ball away after a four-play drive.

Fourth Quarter

The Raiders added to their lead early in the fourth quarter with a 25-yard field goal that made it 27-13. But the Chargers didn't go down without a fight, as Herbert found Allen for a 35-yard score on fourth-and-12. Dicker's extra point cut the deficit to 27-20 with 8:34 to play.

The Raiders later had third-and-4 at the Chargers 42. Adams made a one-handed, sideline catch but the Chargers challenged the play and it was overturned. The Bolts took the ball at their own 9-yard line with 5:12 left in regulation. The Bolts moved away from their own end zone after Herbert hit Gerald Everett for an 18-yard gain. But the drive eventually came up empty as Herbert's fourth-down pass was incomplete. The Raiders ran out most of the final two-plus minutes on the clock before taking over at their own 10-yard line after a punt. But the Chargers couldn't find the end zone late as they dropped to 6-6 on the season.

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