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Chargers Lose to Raiders, 31-26

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

The Los Angeles Chargers fell to 2-6 on the season after a 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

First quarter

The Chargers and Raiders traded punts on their first offensive possessions. On its second turn with the football, Los Angeles' seven-play, 35-yard drive ended in a missed Michael Badgley field goal from 48 yards out.

Las Vegas struck first on a 23-yard touchdown run by Devontae Booker. It capped a seven-play, 62-yard drive that put the Raiders up 7-0.

Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (back) and running back Justin Jackson (knee) left the game in the first quarter and both are questionable to return.

Wide receiver Keenan Allen finished the quarter with four catches for 50 yards. Running back Kalen Ballage leads Los Angeles with four rushes for 27 yards. The Chargers will start the second quarter with the ball on Las Vegas' 14-yard line.

Second quarter

The Chargers opened the second quarter facing a first down from the Las Vegas 14. They ended up going for it on fourth down, and Ballage took it in for the five-yard score to tie the game, 7-7.

Later in the second quarter, the Raiders regained the lead off a 14-yard score from Josh Jacobs.

With 26-seconds left in the first half, Herbert found Allen for a 27-yard score to make it 14-14. On the ensuing Raiders drive, Jerry Tillery strip-sacked Derek Carr on second down and recovered the fumble as well.

With eight seconds remaining in the half, Michael Badgley capitalized on the turnover and his 45-yard field goal made it 17-14, Chargers to give them the lead going into halftime.

The Raiders will get the ball to start the second half.

Third quarter

The Raiders' Jalen Richard took the opening kickoff 44 yards to Las Vegas' 45-yard line. Four plays later, Carr found wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a 45-yard touchdown to put Las Vegas back ahead 21-17.

After a Chargers punt, Las Vegas manufactured an eight-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by a 53-yard reception by wide receiver Hunter Renfrow from Carr. Five plays later, tight end Darren Waller caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Carr, increasing the Raiders lead to 28-17.

Los Angeles moved down the field quickly. A 50-yard reception from Herbert to wide receiver Tyron Johnson gave the Chargers the ball at the Raiders' 11-yard line. The drive stalled, though, and Los Angeles settled for a 29-yard Badgley field goal that cut Las Vegas' lead to 28-20.

The Raiders' closed the quarter with a fourth-and-2 from the Chargers' 42-yard line.

Fourth quarter

Las Vegas punted to open the final quarter of regulation and the Bolts took over at their own 18. 

They ended up scoring on the possession courtesy of a four-yard touchdown from Herbert to Gabe Nabers, but the two-point conversion attempt was no good, making it 28-26, Raiders with 9:04 left in the game.

While the Chargers defense forced a quick three-and-out on the next Raiders drive, Vegas quickly regained possession after K.J. Hill muffed the punt and the Raiders recovered it at the LAC 31. Las Vegas then increased their lead to 31-26 off a field goal.

The Chargers got the ball back and got roughly to midfield where they faced a 4th-and-1. They converted it to keep the chains moving with just over a minute left in the game.

They got down to the Las Vegas four-yard line and on second down, the pass was incomplete. With one second left, Herbert tossed a fade to Donald Parham Jr. While the call was initially ruled a touchdown, it was reversed and the Chargers fell to 2-6 on the season.

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