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Running Recap: Raiders Top Chargers 34-31

The San Diego Chargers fell 34-31 to the Oakland Raiders.  After turnovers from both teams, the Raiders scored first after a 20-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal to make it 3-0, Oakland.  Coming off a missed Janikowski field goal, the Bolts took the lead after Philp Rivers tossed a 29-yard pass to Tyrell Williams in the end zone.  On their next possession, the Raiders tightened the score 7-6 after another Janikowski field goal.  The Raiders were down by four pretty quickly off a five-play, 57-yard Chargers drive that was capped off with a 36-yard field goal by Josh Lambo.  With two seconds left in the first half, Janikowski trotted out and made a 56-yard field goal to make it 10-9, Chargers.  The Chargers defense had some big plays in the first half including Brandon Mebane's first-career interception and Joey Bosa's first NFL sack.

On the Bolts' first series of the second half, Melvin Gordon scored his first receiving touchdown of the season after a 59-yard catch-and-run by Hunter Henry set the Chargers up in Raiders territory.  After the Raiders made it another one-point game 17-16, the Bolts quickly lengthened their lead 24-16 off a one-yard touchdown from Rivers to Henry.  That touchdown tied Rivers with Warren Moon for the ninth-most passing touchdowns in NFL history (291).  The Raiders responded on their ensuing drive with a 48-yard field goal.  Six plays after the Chargers gave away their fourth turnover of the day, the Raiders scored.  A positive two-point conversion made it 27-24, Raiders.  The Raiders capitalized on prime field position off a short Chargers punt and scored to increase their lead by 10.  However, the Chargers attempted to surmount a comeback.  They brought the score within three after a 12-play, 75-yard drive was capped off with a Rivers to Antonio Gates touchdown connection.  Yet, on an attempt to tie, the Bolts fumbled the snap and the Raiders fell on the ball with two minutes left in the game.  While the Bolts got possession back with 10 seconds left, they couldn't muster anything and the Raiders walked out victorious.     

IMPACT PLAYS

FIRST QUARTER

13:40 – Dropping back on second down, Brandon Mebane sniffed out a screen to pick off Derek Carr.

12:09 – Antonio Gates took in a pass from Philip Rivers, but as he turned upfield, Perry Riley came in to dislodge the ball.  The fumble was recovered by Reggie Nelson.

9:26 – Carr was sacked on first down by Jatavis Brown.

4:03 – Sebastian Janikowski kicked the Raiders to their first points of the game with a field goal.

3:55 – Sean Smith cut in front of the receiver to intercept Rivers' pass.

1:32 – Janikowski lined up for a 50-yard field goal but his kick was wide right, and the Chargers took over.

SECOND QUARTER

13:13 – On second down, Rivers stepped back and connected with Tyrell Williams in the end zone for the TD.  The Bolts took the lead, 7-3.

11:37 – Facing a 3rd-and-2, fullback Jamize Olawale ran off the left side for a gain of 17.  Three plays later on third down, Carr found Amari Cooper for a gain of 21 to get to the San Diego 25.

10:12 – Joey Bosa recorded his first NFL tackle for loss as he met Jalen Richard in the backfield for a loss of two.

7:16 – Janikowski made it 7-6 after booting a 26-yard field goal through the uprights.

7:13 – Rivers, scrambling right, hit Travis Benjamin for a 54-yard catch and run to move deep into Oakland territory.

4:28 – Josh Lambo tacked on three to his team's lead off a 36-yard field goal.

1:54 – Rivers' pass intended for Dontrelle Inman was picked off by Karl Joseph who then returned the ball 21 yards to the San Diego 44.

1:39 – Carr, rolling backwards, was met in the backfield by Bosa for a loss of 12.

:02 – 56 yards was nothing for Janikowski as he made it a one point game going to halftime.

THIRD QUARTER

14:14 – On the second play of the second half, Hunter Henry took a short Rivers pass up the middle for a gain of 59.

12:38 – Rivers tossed a short pass to Melvin Gordon, who took it up the left side of the field and into the end zone for the score.

11:34 – Facing a 2nd-and-10, Carr lobbed a deep pass to Cooper, who scored his first touchdown of the 2016 NFL season.

11:19 – Williams had another long catch, this one good for 50 yards to move into Oakland territory.  On the next play, Gordon took the ball off the right end for 24 yards to the Oakland one.

10:14 – Rivers found Henry in the end zone for the one-yard score.

4:46 – Janikowski made it 24-19 after booting a 48-yard field goal.

4:00 – Gordon rushed upfield but fumbled, and Karl Joseph recovered for the Raiders.

1:15 – Six plays off the Gordon fumble, Carr connected with Michael Crabtree for six.  Their two-point conversion attempt was good to make it 27-24, OAK.

FOURTH QUARTER

15:00 – Off a 17-yard punt by the Chargers that landed at the San Diego 32, Carr hit Richard on first down for a gain of 12.

12:54 – Olawale rushed up the middle for the one-yard score.

11:27 – On second down, Rivers connected with Henry for a gain of 14.

9:03 – With a new set of downs, Rivers tossed a pass to Dexter McCluster who lobbed it back to Rivers.  Number 17 then found Benjamin for a gain of 23.

6:26 – Rivers and Gates brought the score within three off their four-yard TD.

5:37 – Bosa recorded his second-career sack good for a loss of four.

3:56 – After Benjamin was good for 15, Williams took a pass from Rivers up the left sideline for 25.

2:07 – Attempting to tie the game with a field goal, Drew Kaser fumbled the snap and the Raiders recovered.

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