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Week 17 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 10, Los Angeles Chargers 30
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ended the year on a high note with another strong performance in which he broke off a number of chunk gains. The only highlight for the passing offense was an 87-yard touchdown on a deep bomb to Amari Cooper
. Michael Crabtree
ís season ended with a whimper in what may have been his final game in Oakland.
The Chargers rolled over the Raiders, but didn't get the help they needed to make the playoffs. Philip Rivers
was highly efficient and threw well downfield, Melvin Gordon
showed no ill effects from his Week 16 injury, and all three Chargers top receivers scored, including two on 50+ yard pass plays.
|QB Derek Carr, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 28 - 243 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0|
It was a rough game for Carr and the passing offense, with the offensive line struggling to protect. Carr hit Amari Cooper
in stride deep down the center of the field for an 87-yard touchdown. The ball went nearly 60 yards in the air and showed off Carrís tremendous arm strength. After the deep ball early in the second quarter, he had very little positive production until garbage time. Carr continued a recent trend of questionable decision making with an ill advised interception on a deep ball to Johnny Holton
that was thrown into double coverage and easily picked off in the end zone by the Chargers defensive back. Carr fumbled the snap on an attempted 4th-and-1 sneak that essentially ended any chance of a Raiders comeback. Carr made the puzzling decision to throw it away on a late 4th-and-goal chance. He was on the run but there was no reason not to try to keep it in play and give a receiver a chance to make a play.
|RB Marshawn Lynch, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 101 - 0, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)|
Lynch ended the season on a high note with a strong performance. He was able to break off long gains of 10+ yards six times, gaining yardage in chunks. Lynch had a couple early runs where he got into the secondary and then bulled through tackle attempts to push his way for extra yardage, flashing a nasty stiff arm. The Raiders had a well setup screen but Lynch dropped an easy short pass that hit him in the chest. Lynch was stopped for no gain on a 4th-and-2 toss sweep that developed far too slowly. Lynch had a 17-yard gain on a screen pass in garbage time. Lynch seemed to play better as the season progressed and may have shown enough to get another shot at starting next season.
Washington was ineffective, generating just 3 total yards on two carries and 3 targets. Washington and Jalen Richard
were non-factors down the stretch and Lynch took control of the backfield.
|WR Seth Roberts, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 0 (6 targets)|
Roberts had a pair of unnecessary block in the back penalties that brought back big gains. He didnít do much damage until garbage time, when he caught three consecutive passes against the Chargers prevent defense.
|WR Amari Cooper, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 115 - 1 (6 targets)|
Cooper ended his frustration season on a relatively high note. For the second straight week, Cooper got behind the defense for a long touchdown. With the Raiders backed up deep and facing 3rd-and-22, he flew right past the safety on a post route and caught the bomb from Carr on the run for an 87-yard touchdown. He also caught a couple of passes for solid gain on comeback routes along the sideline. Cooper narrowly missed getting both feet in-bounds on a pass down the right sideline, an issue he has had crop up on a surprisingly regular basis in his career.
Crabtree ended the season with another disappointing performance. He caught a couple short passes but didnít play much. Crabtree seemed to fall out of favor with the organization after the brawl with Aqib Talib in Denver and reports indicate he may be a cap casualty in the offseason.
Patterson had a 20-yard gain on a crossing route called back due to a block in the back.
|TE Jared Cook, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 35 - 0 (4 targets)|
Cook made some solid catches underneath but wasnít heavily targeted. He showed strong hands on a short sideline catch against excellent coverage.
Los Angeles Chargers
|QB Philip Rivers, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 37 - 387 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0|
Rivers had third and long conversions on the first two drives of the game, one of which ended with Keenan Allen
taking a Melvin Gordon
fumble to the house. He then led two touchdown drives before the end of the first half, one of which was mostly made up of a 56-yard touchdown to Tyrell Williams
. Rivers carried the team on the final touchdown drive of the day, completing passes to four different receivers and even scrambling for a first down before hitting Travis Benjamin
for a 62-yard score.
|RB Melvin Gordon, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 93 - 0, Rec: 6 - 31 - 0 (7 targets)|
Gordon got in a groove during the second drive of the game before fumbling, only to have it recovered by teammate Keenan Allen
, who ran it into the end zone. Gordon had substantial gains on three receptions to fuel a touchdown drive right before the half. He also had back to back big runs early in the third quarter to get the team into Oakland territory and set up a field goal. He finished a productive year strong, although he spent a lot of time on the injury report this year.
|WR Keenan Allen, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 133 - 1 (12 targets)|
Allen had a pair of penalties early, but atoned with a fumble recovery that he took to the end zone for a score. He reeled in a deep ball in the second quarter, and also scored a short touchdown to close out the first half scoring. In the second half, Allen continued to be productive as a #1 receiver in both the short and long passing game.
|WR Travis Benjamin, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0, Rec: 4 - 96 - 1 (5 targets)|
Benjamin had a long reception on the game's opening drive to convert a third and long, and snagged a deep ball for the Chargers last score of the day from 62 yards out.
Williams had a 56-yard score to give the Chargers a lead that they did not give back, but otherwise was a small part of the offense in Week 17.
|TE Antonio Gates, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 46 - 0 (6 targets)|
Gates had another solid performance in place of Hunter Henry
. He had a long reception to set up a Keenan Allen
touchdown, and added multiple receptions to set up third and short to keep drives going. He showed that although this could be his last ride, he still has enough game to be productive in the NFL.