Wounded Chargers fall to Raiders 23-20 in overtime

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The season to forget continued for the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. The Bolts suffered more injuries, more turnovers and more heartbreak in their 23-20 defeat to the Oakland Raiders. 

“The players fought there until the bitter end, but unfortunately we didn’t get it done,” Mike McCoy said via “We didn’t find a way to get this game won, to make a play somewhere in there or get a stop or score or do something to finish the game off and win.”

There were two key moments that changed the course of the game in the fourth quarter. 

Josh Lambo made a 48-yard field goal, but Khalil Mack was called for defensive holding on the play. McCoy elected to take the first down and the next play Philip Rivers found Ladarius Green for a 30-yard touchdown. 

Upon further review the catch was ruled incomplete as the ball dragged across the ground. 

The offense would stall on that possession, giving Lambo a 45-yard field goal attempt that he would miss wide left. After the defense held Oakland to a three-and-out, San Diego had another chance to put the game away up 17-12. 

However, the Chargers would again give the game away. 

Rivers found fullback David Johnson on a screen pass where he would be stripped by Malcolm Smith. The Raiders returned the ball to the 3-yard line. 

The next play Carr found Crabtree for the touchdown and then found Seth Roberts to take a field goal lead. 

Lambo would make a field goal to send it to overtime, but after Sebastian Janikowski made a 31-yard field goal, the Chargers would stall on fourth down ending the game. 

The Chargers accumulated so many injuries, Dontrelle Inman had to play cornerback in overtime. 

The Bolts now fall to 4-11, 1-6 on the road. They will have nine days now to prepare for their last game of the season against the Broncos in Denver on January 3.

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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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