Raiders edge Chargers in possible Oakland farewell

Jan 2, 2016
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The Oakland Raiders rallied for a 23-20 overtime win against the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League on Thursday.

“I will be able to tell people that I was a part of Charles Woodson’s last home game, and we won”.

The game was not a pretty one for the majority of the game, but the Raiders defense did just enough to overcome an off night for the offense that was highlighted by two Carr touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree.

Raiders safety Charles Woodson played the final home game of his 18-year career.

“It’s a great place to see a game”, said Bob Gibson, a gas pump mechanic from Livermore whose first Raiders game was at Frank Youell Field in 1964.

Murray gets to 1,000: Latavius Murray ran for 79 yards to become the Raiders’ first running back to run for 1,000 yards since Darren McFadden in 2010. “I love my team and I do want them to leave”, Warriors fan Aleyda Byrd said. Please note that comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language and will be removed accordingly. “It was a little bit much for me”, Woodson said at his news conference long after the game. He also threw to Roberts for the two-point conversion, and suddenly the Raiders owned a 20-17 lead with 4:42 to play.

The Chargers took a 53-yard field goal off the scoreboard when an Oakland penalty gave their drive new life. Woodson got a loud ovation as he was introduced last with the defensive starters and was the only Oakland captain for the pregame coin toss. He caught 11 passes in their last meeting for 75 yards and two touchdowns in that game.

That’s a byproduct of QB Philip Rivers peppering the Raiders with quick passes to the flat and in front of the linebackers.

Oakland’s defenders pulled off an unlikely score with a third-quarter safety, Denico Autry tackling Rivers for a six-yard loss in the end zone to pull the Raiders within 17-12 entering the fourth quarter. The pro-Oakland signs were barely visible, and there were no chants blasting ownership or pleading for the team to stay such as the ones that rang out during the home finales in San Diego and St. Louis. He’s a veritable lock to return for his ninth career trip after a stellar Indian summer season that includes five interceptions, an NFL-high three fumble recoveries and the Defensive Player of the Month award for October. The Chargers are coming off one of their best defensive efforts, holding the Dolphins to 231 total yards.

The Chargers tied it on Josh Lambo’s 47-yard field goal with 55 seconds to play.

The Chargers also added a field goal before the half to grab a 17-10 lead. In the second half, the Raiders didn’t convert a single first down. Chargers starting LT King Dunlap (ankle) missed his second straight game.

Moving right along, there’s one Raiders player that’s listed as questionable for the Week 16 opener.

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