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Recap: Chargers Fall to Raiders, 24-17


The Chargers lost to the Raiders, 24-17, in their home finale despite two touchdowns from running back Melvin Gordon.

After the Chargers went three-and-out on their opening drive, the Raiders struck first on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. After Daniel Carlson's extra point, Oakland led 7-0 with 10:57 remaining in the first quarter.

Seven minutes later on the game clock, defensive end Melvin Ingram and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery sacked Carr.

In the final minute of the quarter, the Bolts recorded their first first down of the game on a five-yard run to the right by running back Austin Ekeler.

Ingram recorded another sack on the Raiders' next series, giving him 1.5 for the game and 49.0 in his career.

On the next Oakland possession, defensive end Joey Bosa tallied the Bolts' third sack of the game with 6:05 to play in the half, forcing a punt.

With 1:57 left in the half, Gordon capped an eight-play, 78-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Michael Badgley tied the game, 7-7, with his extra point.

The Raiders stormed back with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took just 1:46 and culminated in a 3-yard Carr touchdown scramble. Carlson's PAT allowed Oakland to reclaim a seven-point lead, 14-7.

To begin the second half, the Raiders put together a long scoring drive. The 75-yard series took 8:49 off the clock and gave the Silver and Black a 21-7 lead. DeAndré Washington scored the touchdown on a 5-yard rush to the left.

On fourth and two at the Raiders' 46-yard-line, the Bolts went for it, picking up 10 yards on a sweep to Gordon. Two plays later, Rivers found Keenan Allen for an 18-yard play that advanced the Chargers to the Oakland 1.

Gordon scored his second TD of the game on the next play, and Badgley followed with an extra point.

That cut the deficit back to seven points, 21-14, with 1:04 remaining in the third quarter.

The drive spanned 10 plays, 83 yards and 5:07.

On the Raiders' next series, Carlson made it a two-possession game by drilling a 48-yard field goal with 8:33 left in the contest.

Los Angeles crept within a touchdown, 24-17, after Badgley converted a 27-yarder with 1:33 in the game.

Chargers kicker Ty Long's onside kick was recovered by the Raiders, who ended the game with a 13-yard first-down run by Washington.

Carr posted a 118.2 passer rating, completing 26-of-30 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown.

Philip Rivers threw for 279 yards on 27-of-39 with zero touchdowns or interceptions, while Derwin James contributed eight total tackles, including one for a loss. It was the All-Pro safety's second consecutive game leading the Bolts in tackles.

Take a look through live action photos from Week 16's matchup versus the Oakland Raiders.

The Bolts fell to 5-10 and will face the Chiefs in their season finale next Sunday in Kansas City. Kickoff will take place December 29 at 10:00 a.m. PT from Arrowhead Stadium.

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