In a flash, the Chargers have found themselves back in the AFC West conversation.
Running back Melvin Gordon had 150 total yards from scrimmage, a career-high nine receptions and two total touchdowns, and Nick Novak kicked the game-winning, 32-yard field goal to beat the Raiders 17-16 Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished the game 25-of-36 for 268 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers. Tight end Hunter Henry caught five balls for 90 yards.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's first pass attempt of the game was picked off by Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams. Los Angeles failed to capitalize on the turnover though, as Novak missed a 48-yard field goal.
Oakland turned its second possession of the game into an 11-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard touchdown reception from Carr to wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The Raiders took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.
After defensive end Joey Bosa's fifth sack of the season forced an Oakland punt, the Chargers offense used 14 plays to get down to the Raiders' half-yard line. On fourth down, Gordon's one-yard touchdown run tied the game at 7-7 after a Novak extra point.
Oakland -- aided by a 39-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson -- took a 10-7 lead into halftime with a 44-yard field goal by kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.
Chargers linebacker Hayes Pullard intercepted Carr on the opening drive of the third quarter, but the offense again was unable to take advantage with points.
After stopping the Raiders on downs to open the fourth quarter, the Chargers offense took over at their own 41-yard line. Rookie wide receiver Mike Williams -- making his NFL debut -- caught a 15-yard pass from Rivers on a pivotal 3rd and 6 to move the chains. Five plays later, Gordon caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to give the Chargers their first lead of the game.
But Patterson's speed struck again on the next Raiders possession, as he dashed for a 47-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 16-14 lead after an extra-point miss by Tavecchio -- a miss that would eventually come back to haunt Oakland.
The Chargers host the Denver Broncos next Sunday, Oct. 22nd at StubHub Center. Kickoff is at 1:25 p.m. Pacific Time on CBS.
The Chargers face division rival, the Oakland Raiders, for a week 6 away game matchup.