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Key Decision #1:
- Los Angeles targeted the Oakland secondary from the very beginning of the game. Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns and 387 yards on the Raiders secondary including scoring strikes of 56 and 62 yards to receivers Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, respectively. Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had two touchdowns on nine catches and 133 yards. It was obvious that the game plan was to target the Raiders secondary. The Raiders had no answers to the Chargers passing game.
Key Decision #2: (OAK trail 23-10/ 4th and 2/ LAC 18 5:58 Q3)
- Oakland attempted a fourth down conversion that fell short. RB Marshawn Lynch was tackled for no gain. For a struggling offense, a field goal attempt might have given the offense a little momentum. A successful field goal attempt would have also made it a 23-13 game, making it easier for the Raiders to tie the game or take the lead.
Key Decision #3: (OAK trail 30-10/ 4th and 1/ OAK 17 9:04 Q4)
- They elected to go for a fourth down conversion rather than punt the ball away and play defense and force a turnover or get a stop. On the play, QB Derek Carr fumbled and it was recovered by DE Joey Bosa of the Chargers to end the Raiders chances at coming back in the game.
Key Decision #4:
- The Raiders ran the ball well as Marshawn Lynch had 101 yards on 19 carries. The Raiders might have had more success in the game had they run the ball with more frequency.
- The Chargers offensive line protected Rivers well, only allowing one sack.
- In the final game of the year, the Chargers had nearly 500 yards of total offense (495 total yards).
- The Raiders last scored with 8:33 remaining in the second quarter. They scored on consecutive drives, but that is all their offense could muster.
- The Chargers scored on five of six drives between the first and third quarters. They might have scored on a sixth, however a field goal attempt was blocked.