By Shawn McCullough
The Raiders playoff hopes got severely damaged as they fell to the Los Angeles Chargers, 30-27, in overtime at Allegiant Stadium.
“It’s really painful right now to lose,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “We had a lot of tight games go down to the buzzer and this one was tough.”
Las Vegas drove the field in overtime for a 23 yard field goal by Daniel Carlson to put the Raiders up 27-24, but the Chargers responded driving 75 yards for a game winning touchdown.
The Raiders lost starting quarterback Derek Carr to a groin injury in the first quarter, allowing backup Marcus Mariota to take over.
“Marcus came in and did a great job,” said Gruden. “I am really proud of him and I think that kind of puts an exclamation point on why we signed him and just wish we could have won the game for him.”
Mariota was impressive throwing for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception while rushing nine times for 88 yards and a touchdown.
“It’s part of your job to be prepared,” said Mariota. “Just trying to give these guys a chance to win, but unfortunately, we came up a little short.”
Carr pulled his groin on a rollout play at the goal line in the first quarter.
“I don’t believe if it’s a real tear,” said Gruden about Carr’s injury. “But for him to not come back to the game, it’s got to be significant.”
Carr went 3 for 5 for 53 yards.
Running back Josh Jacobs rushed 26 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter.
With the loss, the Raiders fall to 7-7 on the season and are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but need a lot of help.
“Obvious that’s frustrating,” said Jacobs. “Trying to go on a journey of where we envision ourselves each year at the start of the year of what we want to accomplish and obviously that’s frustrating.”
“It sucks,” said tight end Darren Waller. “The results haven’t been what we wanted them to be.”
The Raiders will next play the Miami Dolphins at home the day after Christmas.
- The Raiders outgained the Chargers, 449-402.
- Darren Waller led the Raiders catching nine balls for 150 yards and one touchdown.
- The Chargers snapped a nine game losing streak against AFC West opponents.