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Chargers fall to Raiders, 37-29

This one hurt.

The Chargers lost to the Raiders, at home, in their powder blues, in an ugly way.

Down 30-6 at halftime, San Diego would come back to make it close in the fourth quarter, but by that time it was too late.

They fall to 2-5 on the season and lose their first divisional game of the year.

Here are some takeaways:

FIRST HALF YUCK

The Raiders scored 20 points in the second quarter and finished the first half with a 30-6 lead over the Chargers. Quarterback Philip Rivers was intercepted two times. The offense stalled and sank. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finished the half 17-of-22 with 215 yards and two touchdowns and the Chargers defense gave up plays of 52-yards  and 44-yards on Carr passes.

"Not much to say after a game like this," head coach Mike McCoy said after the game. "Nothing good happened from the first play on ... That first half is pathetic."

GORDON (NOT) GOING:

Despite running back Melvin Gordon being active for this game, he didn’t see a snap until midway through the third quarter, as Branden Oliver started the game and split time with Danny Woodhead until that point. Gordon, though limited in practice, said all week that he would play Sunday and that his ankle felt healthy; however, early on Sunday it was reported that the team might keep him out for “precautionary reasons.” Gordon had two fumbles in last week’s loss to the Packers and has had four total this season.

When asked why Gordon was sidelined for the first half, head coach Mike McCoy said, “That was our plan going in the game, what we were going to do early … We’re not trying to punish people from week to week in a game. We’ve got to win a football game here. That’s what we’re trying to do. Win.”

Later in the locker room, Gordon said he didn’t know why he was kept out of the game, adding that it was possible it could have been the fumbles or it could have been that he didn’t practice part of the week.

“The [training staff] thought I was pretty good, thought I was good to go,” he said, when asked how his ankle felt after testing it pregame. "Maybe [McCoy] just thought a healthier [Branden Oliver] was best for the team.

“I hate watching. It don’t sit well with me, watching my teammates go out and try and make plays and I’m on the sideline, looking helpless, when I know I could help change things out there.”

Gordon finished the game with 29 rushing yards on seven carries. The Chargers had 90 total yards rushing.

CARR CAME TO PLAY

Carr finished the game with 289 yards and made some impressive plays under pressure, especially to receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

"[Carr] did a heck of a job," said defensive end Corey Liuget. "They did a little bit of everything out there and they out-executed us as players.

 "It's very frustrating. It sucks to lose, number one, but to lose to a division opponent is the worst. That’s how you get into the playoffs. We just have to go back to the drawing boards tomorrow, watch some film and have some tough skin."

SILVER AND BLACK

Qualcomm Stadium had a strong number of Raiders fans in attendance – like always – and at times, the noise from their fans was deafening.

“I love our fans to death,” safety Jimmy Wilson said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with how we played. We went to Lambeau and played pretty well. It doesn’t matter who is in the stands, they don’t effect our game. We need to do better.”

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

The first touchdown of the game for the Chargers didn’t come until the fourth quarter, on  a 31-yard catch-and-run from Rivers to tight end Ladarius Green. The Chargers attempted an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Raiders. San Diego would go on to score 16 more points – both short passes to running back Danny Woodhead and both with successful two-point conversions – but it was still not enough to overcome the deficit before time expired. Final score: Oakland 27, Chargers 29.

“We dug ourselves too deep a hole to get out,” Rivers said. “We almost did get out of it. We almost did. There’s nothing that makes this any better. At least we can stand by what I’ve said, that we will fight until it’s over, regardless of the score.”


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