San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders 12/24/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Raiders 23, Chargers 20
December 24, 2015
Kicking off the Week 16 NFL action on “Thursday Night Football,” we had a divisional matchup between the Chargers and the Raiders. San Diego was coming off a win over the Dolphins in their last appearance, while Oakland fell to the Packers in Week 15. Neither one of these teams will be making the playoffs this year, so this was more of a pride game than anything.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from the game so we can figure out why things happened the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to the final week of the regular season to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: This was quite possibly the Raiders’ final game in Oakland (there have been plenty of rumors about moving to the L.A. area in the off-season). It took overtime, but they were able to say goodbye with a victory.
Neither offense was very good for the majority of the game, but there were sparks of solid play here and there, beginning with Donald Brown’s 1-yard TD run in the first quarter. Latavius Murray would return the favor with a 22-yard TD run of his own, and after one we had a 7-7 ballgame.
Dontrelle Inman got it going in the second quarter, logging a 7-yard TD catch from Philip Rivers. The teams would trade field goals by Sebastian Janikowski and Josh Lambo for a 17-10 halftime score.
After the break, neither offense could get much of anything going in the third quarter. Rivers was sacked in the end zone for a safety, the only score of the period.
Michael Crabtree and Derek Carr hooked up for a 3-yard TD in the fourth quarter, and after the 2-point conversion the Raiders were up three. Lambo would tie it on a field goal from 45 yards out, and we hit overtime.
In the extra period, the Raiders survived numerous penalties to emerge with a 31-yard Janikowski field goal. A defensive stop secured the victory for Oakland 23-20.
This was the seventh straight division loss for the Chargers, who have fallen quite a ways in just a few years. They may well be moving to L.A. if Oakland does not.
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The Stars: Honestly, this was a pretty sloppy game and no one should be terribly proud of his performance.
That said, Latavius Murray came up with 117 total yards and a TD on 24 touches, and Janikowski nailed his clutch field goals.
Danny Woodhead also had a decent game with 108 yards on 19 touches on the other side.
The Goats: The Chargers’ Denzel Perryman will get some heat for his personal foul against Michael Crabtree on the Raiders’ overtime drive. It took them from a second-and-29 to a first down.
Both offenses sputtered: the Chargers were 5-of-17 on third and fourth down, while the Raiders finished at 4-of-15. It was painful to watch at times.
The Raiders also had a horrible time with penalties. They were flagged 16 times for 121 yards. San Diego got it nine times for 75 yards.
Injuries: This was not a great game for injuries, especially on the San Diego side. Among the Chargers casualties were CB Jason Verrett (hamstring), OL Orlando Franklin (concussion), Eric Weddle (groin) and C Trevor Robinson (concussion).
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 17, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, January 3. The Raiders will head to KC for the Chiefs (1:00 PM ET on CBS), while the Chargers will go to Denver to play the Broncos (4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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