Raiders Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive in Win Against Chargers

Glenn Kaplan
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The Oakland Raiders had a slim chance to make it to the playoffs entering the day. They needed to take down the Los Angeles Chargers on the road to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Oakland did just that by beating Los Angeles by a score of 24-17.

Derek Carr threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow in the first-quarter. Carr completed 26-of-30 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for three yards on one carry and a score.

Renfrow caught seven passes for 107 yards receiving and a touchdown in his first game from a ribs injury.

Melvin Gordon II tied the game seven in the second-quarter for the Chargers on a 1-yard rushing touchdown. He finished the game with only 15 yards rushing on nine carries, but Gordon II had two touchdowns on the ground. He also caught six passes for 32 yards receiving.

Keenan Allen was the leading receiver in this game for Los Angeles. He caught five passes for 71 yards receiving. Allen also rushed for -5 yards on one carry.

Austin Ekeler rushes for 11 yards on four carries. He also caught five passes for 58 yards receiving for Los Angeles.

Philip Rivers has been the weak link on this team all season long. He completed 27-of-39 passes for 279 yards.

Derek Carr scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with eight seconds remaining in the first-half for Oakland to go up 14-7.

DeAndre Washington scored on a 5-yard rushing touchdown to open the third-quarter for the Oakland Raiders. Washington finished the game 85 yards rushing on 23 carries and a score. He also caught two passes for 21 yards receiving.

Jalen Richard rushed for 11 yards on five carries. He also caught four passes for 18 yards receiving.

Josh Jacobs did not play in this game for Oakland due to a shoulder injury. He will most likely play in Week 17 though.

Darren Waller was held in check for the Raiders with four receptions for 37 yards receiving.

Melvin Gordon II scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown for the Chargers in the third-quarter.

Daniel Carlson made a 47-yard field goal for the Oakland Raiders to make it 24-14 in the fourth-quarter.

With less than 1:33 remaining in regulation, the Los Angeles Chargers kicked a 27-yard field goal and it was made by Marvin Badgley.

They failed to recover the onside kick.

Los Angeles has been a bitter disappointment this season. The Chargers have a lot of talent on the roster. The season felt like it went to waste because of Philip Rivers and injuries.

As for Oakland, they have a slim chance to make it to the playoffs. The Raiders (7-8) not only need to win next week on the road against the Denver Broncos (6-9), but they also need the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7) to lose to the Baltimore Ravens (13-2) on the road, the Tennessee Titans (8-7) to lose to the Houston Texans (10-5) on the road, the Indianapolis Colts (7-8) need to win against the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) on the road, and the Cleveland Browns (6-9) will need to beat the Cincinnati Bengals (1-14) on the road

As for the Chargers (5-10), they will be on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) in the season finale next Sunday.

Photo Credit: Oakland Raiders Twitter ( @Raiders )

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