Heading into Week 16 against the bitter division rival San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders were attempting to get a second win over Philip Rivers and company this year. Although the playoffs are out of the question for the lowly Raiders at this point in the season, knocking the Chargers out of playoff contention was thought to be enough motivation.
Unfortunately, the Raiders failed to be playoff spoiler to the Chargers as Philip Rivers and company were able to do just enough to get passed their bitter rivals at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
The Chargers struck first on Sunday with kicker Nick Novak hitting a 27-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the first quarter. Novak had a huge day against the Raiders connecting on all four field goal attempts. It wasn’t long before the Raiders got on the board, though. Early in the second quarter the Raiders were able to strike back with a five-yard touchdown from veteran running back Darren McFadden.
Following the touchdown by McFadden, the Raiders were able to hang tough with the Chargers tying the game up at 10 with a field goal from Sebastian Janikowski shortly after a Ryan Matthews touchdown.
Although the Raiders were within striking distance heading into the second half, penalties continued to be a problem for the silver and black. Oakland committed 12 penalties in the game and it ultimately seemed to be the difference. McFadden’s five-yard touchdown run was the only time the Raiders made it into the end zone on Sunday with Janikowski finishing with two made field goals.
In the fourth quarter, the Raiders were down by 13 and on the verge of turning things around. Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin hit Rod Streater for what appeared to be a touchdown, but Streater lost the ball in the end zone when it seemed as though the play was dead and the Raiders had put six points on the board.
Unfortunately for Oakland, the call on the field was that it was an incomplete. To make matters worse, head coach Dennis Allen challenged the ruling on the field, but after the review, the refs kept the ruling as an incomplete pass.
The lost opportunity to score a touchdown on that drive was basically the straw the broke the camels back. The Raiders eventually fell to the Chargers in San Diego, 26-13.
McGloin finished the game with 206 yards and an interceptions while Terrelle Pryor could only watch on the sidelines as the coaching staff decided not to use the Ohio State product like in the two weeks previous. McFadden scored the team’s only touchdown, but finished with only eight yards on four carries. Rashad Jennings chipped in with 72 total yards while Andre Holmes led the way in the receiving corps with 71 yards on 5 receptions.