Raiders build big lead, stave off Chargers rally
The first of three
On the Chargers' third play from scrimmage, Philip Rivers airmailed Eddie Royal and Usama Young channeled his inner wide receiver skills for the Raiders' first of three interceptions off Rivers.
Going deep immediately
On the first play following Young's interception, Terrelle Pryor connected with Rod Streater for a 44-yard touchdown, and a 7-0 Raiders lead.
Using his feet, arm on same play
After a Chargers punt, the Raiders embarked on a 13-play, 82-yard drive that churned 8:08 off the clock, culminating in a Denarius Moore touchdown reception. On 1st and goal from the 2-yard line, Terrelle Pryor scrambled to his right, bought as much time as he could, and finally found a wide open Moore in the back of the end zone (who may have gotten away with pushing off on cornerback Richard Marshall). The result -- a 14-0 Raiders lead late in the first quarter.
Padding the lead
Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal with 4:13 remaining in the first half gave the Raiders a 17-0 lead heading to the locker room.
A crazy sequence of events
On 4th and 2 at the Raiders 19-yard line, Nick Novak's 37-yard FG attempt was blocked by Tracy Porter, but the Chargers recovered it and returned it for a first down. Two plays later, Keenan Allen's 11-yard touchdown catch was reviewed and overturned. Two plays later, Nick Novak nailed a 35-yarder to cut the Raiders lead to 17-3. Ultimately, the scoring drive covered 86 yards on 16 plays in 7 minutes and 15 seconds.
Woodson ties NFL record
Late in the third quarter, Danny Woodhead fumbled and Charles Woodson scooped it up and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. It was the 37-year old's 13th defensive touchdown of his career, tying Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson for the most in NFL history. It also gave the Raiders a 24-3 lead.
Not going away
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Woodhead redeemed himself with a 5-yard touchdown reception to cut the Chargers deficit to 24-10.
A nice homecoming for Allen
Keenan Allen starred at Cal from 2010 to 2012. He returned to the Bay Area and put up big numbers (6 catches for 115 yards), including a 7-yard TD reception to cut the Raiders lead to 24-17.
Play of the game
The Chargers had all the momentum and the Raiders faced a 3rd and 14 at their own 41-yard line with just over 7 minutes remaining. Pryor took the shotgun snap, was flushed from the pocket, avoided a sack, kept his eyes downfield and fired a strike to Brice Butler for a 20-yard completion. Three plays later, Sebastian Janikowski connected on a 50-yard FG to give Oakland a 27-17 lead with 4:24 remaining.
Hayden seals the victory
The Chargers tried to make things interesting, but on 3rd and goal from the 4-yard line D.J. Hayden stepped in front of a Rivers pass intended for Keenan Allen for the game-sealing interception (the Raiders ended up punting and Rivers threw his third interception of the game with under a minute remaining, this one to Charles Woodson). The Raiders improved to 2-3 and travel to 5-0 Kansas City next Sunday.