OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr engineered one other late successful drive. Karl Joseph delivered the sealing defensive play.
It could not have come straightforward, however the Oakland Raiders managed to tug out one other dramatic victory that has put them squarely within the AFC playoff race.
Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 remaining and the Raiders pulled out their second thriller in 5 days, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 on Thursday evening.
“We simply discovered a approach to win. That claims a lot about our crew,” Carr mentioned. “Some nights are simply harder than others. This was simply a type of nights that was simply harder. You see our crew with the resilience. Nobody cared, Nobody flinched.
It was a repeat efficiency from Sunday when Carr’s late TD cross to Hunter Renfrow and Joseph’s cross breakup ultimately zone delivered a 31-24 win over Detroit. This time the late-game heroics got here after Philip Rivers threw a 6-yard cross to Austin Ekeler that gave the Chargers (Four-6) a 24-20 lead with Four:02 remaining.
Carr accomplished three passes to Jalen Richard and two to Hunter Renfrow to start out the game-winning 75-yard drive earlier than Jacobs completed it off together with his seventh landing of his rookie season, operating by means of an enormous gap created by centre Rodney Hudson and guard Richie Incognito.
“As quickly as I noticed it, I used to be simply considering, ‘Go!”’ he mentioned. “I knew this is able to both be an enormous run or a primary down and fortunately it was an enormous run.”
Daniel Carlson missed the additional level, placing extra stress on the drained Raiders defence to cease Rivers. Trayvon Mullen was referred to as for holding on a fourth-down cross to increase the drive, however Joseph then intercepted a fourth-down cross from Rivers to seal it.
“That claims quite a bit about our crew,” coach Jon Gruden mentioned. “Now we have numerous resilient guys. We compete. Chances are you’ll beat us. However we’ll be a tough out to get. We’ll battle.”
Rivers threw interceptions on his first two drives, falling right into a 10-Zero gap when Erik Harris took the second again 56 yards for a TD . However Rivers responded by throwing two TD passes, together with the go-ahead rating to Ekeler in his remaining begin on the Coliseum. However he fell brief on the finish.
“You give a crew 10 factors at their place after which you’ve got the ball with an opportunity to win on the finish and you’ve got eight snaps and go nowhere, it’s going to be robust to win,” Rivers mentioned.
The Raiders blew an opportunity to open up the sport within the third quarter, settling for a area purpose after driving to the Four on the opening drive after which lacking a 53-yard area purpose within the subsequent drive after DeAndre Washington received stuffed for no achieve on third-and-1.
The Chargers settled for a area purpose after getting contained in the 10 later within the quarter.
Melvin Gordon had 22 carries for 108 yards and a TD that put the Chargers up 14-10 within the second quarter.
The Raiders responded with their first sustained drive of the sport and took a 17-14 lead on the half on Carr’s 9-yard cross to rookie fullback Alec Ingold with 20 seconds remaining within the second quarter.
Harris intercepted Rivers’ passes on the primary two drives of the sport. He returned the primary one 59 yards to the 31, organising a area purpose by Daniel Carlson. Harris then took the second again 56 yards for a TD, giving the Raiders a 10-Zero lead. Harris grew to become the primary Raiders participant since Phillip Buchanon in 2003 to have two interceptions, together with a pick-6 in a single recreation.
Raiders rookie cross rushers Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby had huge performances. Ferrell had 2 half sacks after recording none because the season opener for essentially the most by a Raiders rookie in 28 years and in addition had 5 pressures, in line with NextGen stats.
“That was a signature recreation for him,” Gruden mentioned. “That was nice for him to get some sacks and perhaps a few of the people who find themselves counting sacks on the market will acknowledge these.”
Crosby had 10 pressures, together with two on interceptions, and in addition added a half-sack.
Chargers: LT Russell Okung left within the first quarter with a groin harm and didn’t return. … DE Melvin Ingram went down with a shoulder harm within the closing seconds of the second quarter however returned for the second half.
Raiders: Joseph harm his proper knee on the interception and was on crutches after the sport. … DB Lamarcus Joyner additionally received harm on the ultimate drive.
Chargers: Face Kansas Metropolis on Nov. 18 in Mexico Metropolis.
Raiders: Host Cincinnati on Nov. 17.