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Botched snap leads to another painful Chargers loss

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) and quarterback Derek Carr celebrate after connecting on a touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) AP

There are painful losses, and then there are painful Chargers losses.

Chalk up another in the latter category.

The Chargers lined up for a tying field goal with a little over two minutes left Sunday, but rookie punter Drew Kaser dropped the snap and they never got to try the kick, which would have been a 36-yarder.

The Raiders ran out most of the remaining time and won, 34-31, after trailing 24-16 in the third quarter.

The Raiders scored 18 unanswered as quarterback Derek Carr got hot, and the Chargers rallied but ended up failing on third and one from the Raiders 18 and then ultimately on the untried field goal on the next play.

Coming in, the Chargers had lost three games by a combined 11 points. They had led in the fourth quarter in all of them. So, this one is especially painful.

Michael Crabtree made an acrobatic touchdown catch to give the Raiders the lead late in the third, and Amari Cooper caught a two-point conversion pass from Carr to make it 27-24. The Chargers punted, then after a pass interference call in the end zone, fullback Jamize Olawale ran it in from a yard out for a 10-point lead.

Philip Rivers led the Chargers on a 12-play drive capped by a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates to come within three, then after a defensive stop Rivers got the Chargers inside the 20. But Melvin Gordon was stopped on third and short, and then Kaser — who appeared to be hurt after a 16-yard punt earlier in the fourth — dropped the snap.

Rivers threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns but the Chargers fell to 1-4. They’re on a short week next week and host the Broncos Thursday night.

Carr threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper had six catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders improve to 4-1 — three wins have been decided by three points or fewer — and host the Chiefs next week.

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54 Responses to “Botched snap leads to another painful Chargers loss”
  1. dimi1919 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:51 PM

    I’ve never been one to believe in curses but now I’m starting to wonder.

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 9, 2016 7:53 PM

    The Chargers did their thing, we just had to be patient.🙂

    4-1 baby.

  3. vanmorrissey says: Oct 9, 2016 7:53 PM

    3rd and 1, timeout, and you run a stuff up the middle? This is the 2013-16 Chargers with McCoy, which is similar to Martyball. You took a time out to run a play everyone in the stadium was looking for to react to. Any reason to believe this guy should be kept on and not fired today? Spanos’ won’t do that though but this sinking ship is going nowhere, might as well go get rid of this dead weight.

  4. FlintBeastwood says: Oct 9, 2016 7:55 PM

    Leave Mccoy and Kaser in Oakland and let them find their own way home.

  5. idiedpretty says: Oct 9, 2016 7:55 PM

    Raiders easily could be 2-3. Your luck wont last.

  6. fumblenuts says: Oct 9, 2016 7:55 PM

    Derek Carr is the REAL deal!

  7. araidersfan says: Oct 9, 2016 7:58 PM

    Hard fought game. The Chargers are snake-bitten but they put up a stiff challenge to the Raiders and I’m pleased & relieved that Oakland managed to win. The Raiders gave up a lot of big plays to Rivers but they also had some huge defensive turnovers. When Karl Joseph was drafted, the only question I had was about his healthy because as he’s proven over the last 3 games, he’s a huge boost to the secondary. Carr struggled in the 1st half but came on nicely later in the game. Nice to see Cooper get a score and Janikowsi did well for the most part.

    Next week’s game against the Chiefs will be a huge test. K.C. is 2-2 and needs the win whereas if the Raiders prevail, they’ll establish themselves as a new force in the AFC.

  8. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 9, 2016 8:00 PM

    Even Browns fans are starting to feel sorry for the Chargers and their fans…

  9. kcraiderfan says: Oct 9, 2016 8:00 PM

    To natelan, humb0lt, panther pro, poofling monkey, slick50ks, and all the rest of the Raider trolls, enjoy 2nd and 3rd place. The nation has risen!

  10. hifive123 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:00 PM

    Hi, idiedpretty. You seem sad.

  11. radrntn says: Oct 9, 2016 8:01 PM

    Great victory against the Refs Go Raiders!!

  12. tacowrecker says: Oct 9, 2016 8:01 PM

    Stinks for Chargers fans in the short-term, but it may be a good thing in the long run if it prompts the team’s brass to go ahead and fire McCoy/Pagano.

  13. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 9, 2016 8:01 PM

    Well, I hope that poor kid doesn’t have to listen to the botched snap crap for the next 10 YEARS!!!!!

  14. jag1959 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:01 PM

    Spanos deserves this but the team and fans certainly don’t.

  15. war27 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:02 PM

    The snap was for the tie, not the win.

  16. araidersfan says: Oct 9, 2016 8:02 PM

    idiedpretty says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:55 PM

    Raiders easily could be 2-3. Your luck wont last.

    =======================

    Wake me up babygaga when the Broncos can actually win a game against an opponent with a winning record.

  17. aldavisisthenfl says: Oct 9, 2016 8:03 PM

    Nice to see us winning games this year we always seemed to lose…..Thx Big Reg!

  18. scrimshawturtle says: Oct 9, 2016 8:07 PM

    It’s amazing that Dean Spanos was genuinely surprised that his fellow owners didn’t trust him with the return to the LA market. Money buys a lot of things, but evidently not intelligence or competence.

  19. tonebones says: Oct 9, 2016 8:09 PM

    I’ve always believed the holder on field goals should be the best athlete on the team as far as hand eye coordination. That’s usually a good job for the back up QB. It also gives you an advantage when you want to run a fake field goal and throw a pass. Bill Walsh used to use Joe Montana as the holder before Joe became the starting QB. So when you lose a game because you used the punter (probably the second worst athlete on the team next to the kicker) as your holder, I just shake my head. Can’t say I’m shocked. It’s just dumb football.

  20. war27 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:12 PM

    Can someone also tell me a positive of snapping the ball before the two minute warning for the FG they messed the snap up on.

    They possibly gave Oakland a free time out if they had made the FG, or at least a free 3-4 seconds in a two minute drill.

    I’m scratching my head….

  21. joetoronto says: Oct 9, 2016 8:15 PM

    idiedpretty says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:55 PM
    Raiders easily could be 2-3. Your luck wont last.
    ****************************************
    babygaga is crying again.

  22. vipod4ever says: Oct 9, 2016 8:16 PM

    idiedpretty says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:55 PM
    Raiders easily could be 2-3. Your luck wont last.

    ———————-

    Sure, we could be easily 5-0 as well!

    But as Parcells once said: “you are what your record says you are”

  23. foodiefoodnerd says: Oct 9, 2016 8:22 PM

    tonebones, why would you want the most powerful leg/foot swinging full strength at the second-most valuable, irreplaceable hands on the team?

    Athletic, yes; but never have liked seeing any QB holding. Especially when the backup plays, but is still holding because the kicker is so comfortable with him.

  24. dohczeppelin says: Oct 9, 2016 8:25 PM

    Poor Phillip Rivers. The dude would make any average team an annual playoff contender but his career is being wasted with the band of scrubs he’s stuck with on the Chargers.

  25. r502 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:31 PM

    The Chargers are now the ‘best’ in the league at finding creative and mind blowing ways to secure the come from ahead choke job.
    Rivers is still potent, but even he gave the ball away a couple of times today that make you scratch your head. Turnovers that cost points.
    The Chargers will eventually stabilize and quit giving games away like this, but they will be token wins that only hurt their draft position next spring.
    On the bright side, Bosa looks like he can play. But it’s just like the Chargers to screw up his contract and ruin the first quarter of the season for him too.

  26. joetoronto says: Oct 9, 2016 8:32 PM

    idiedpretty says:
    Oct 9, 2016 6:07 PM
    How can this be? Carr is a solid MVP candidate, right Nation?
    ********************************************
    babygaga said this just before Carr and the offense went off, LOL!

  27. malice420dotcom says: Oct 9, 2016 8:34 PM

    It’s killing us in SD. Phillip should have just spiked the ball and walked to the locker room bypassing that he high play and the bench.
    RVN70/71

  28. sportsfan18 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:39 PM

    While I’m not a Chargers fan or a Joey Bosa fan, I was curious how Bosas was going to play after his holdout and his hamstring injury.

    Dude had 5 tackles, 4 were solo. He had 2 sacks and he had 3 tackles for loss.

    No other Charger defender had more than 1 tackle for loss and he had 3.

    Again, not a fan of him or the Chargers (or of Ohio State either) but I was curious to see him play after his holdout and missing the first 4 games due to injury.

    Kid did alright actually but unless he’s a rookie QB, a running back etc. we won’t hear much about it.

    Sure, one game does not a career make but he played well.

  29. 33bcannon says: Oct 9, 2016 8:42 PM

    Over the years, people have compared Rivers’ release and aggressiveness to DMarino.

    Guess those 2 will have more in common than some of us would expect.

    #No SB Champs

  30. r502 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:47 PM

    If this one doesn’t get McCoy fired, nothing will.

  31. r8dernation says: Oct 9, 2016 9:04 PM

    I do feel for the Chargers. The Raiders have had years like that, too many to count.

  32. tacowrecker says: Oct 9, 2016 9:07 PM

    Punter, backup QB, whoever….just as long as the guy they use to be the holder IS NOT A ROOKIE. Same holds true for long snapper, too, IMO

  33. slick50ks says: Oct 9, 2016 9:10 PM

    Phyllis is mad because he threw for almost 400 yards against these stiffs and still lost.

  34. mullman76 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:26 PM

    @ idiedpretty:

    The Raiders should be 5-0.

    Shake yourself.

    Go RAIDERS

  35. tonebones says: Oct 9, 2016 9:33 PM

    foodiefoodnerd says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:22 PM
    tonebones, why would you want the most powerful leg/foot swinging full strength at the second-most valuable, irreplaceable hands on the team?
    Athletic, yes; but never have liked seeing any QB holding. Especially when the backup plays, but is still holding because the kicker is so comfortable with him
    ************************
    I’ve never seen a holder get kicked by the kicker. That’s why. But maybe you’re smarter than Bill Walsh. By the way, Joe went on to win 4 super bowls with those banged up hands of his.

  36. jonbeezy says: Oct 9, 2016 9:38 PM

    Hey charger fans your coach got no guts! 4th and 2 to Crabtree that’s gutsy. Spanos will never hire a firey coach that challenges his him and his players.

  37. jjackwagon says: Oct 9, 2016 10:06 PM

    Chargers have 4 losses by a combined 14 pts.

    Raiders have 4 wins by a combined 12 pts.

    Just goes to show how slim the margin is between being good or bad in this league. Good, hard fought win today Raiders!

  38. lobzila says: Oct 9, 2016 10:07 PM

    Thats it, the divorce papers are final. I received the final installment today after the seperation. I even changed my will to cancel the Charger players lowering me into the ground so they have blown there chance to let me down one last time. Now that I am single, I need to find another team. One that is consistent, confident, ballsy, and smart. I can’t be a Raider fan as I have no tattoo’s or a prision record. Can’t do harsh weather so that lets out many others. Miami maybe? Houston? Arizona? Maybe I just need to be by myself for a while.

  39. mullman76 says: Oct 9, 2016 11:16 PM

    @slick50ks: See you next week, kemosabe.

  40. raiderapologist says: Oct 9, 2016 11:22 PM

    tacowrecker says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:01 PM

    Stinks for Chargers fans in the short-term, but it may be a good thing in the long run if it prompts the team’s brass to go ahead and fire McCoy/Pagano
    ————————–
    The owner can’t get fired, and that’s the problem.

    Worst win I’ve seen in quite awhile. It’s easy enough to hang around and wait for the Chargers to implode, but that won’t work going forward. Oakland won’t quiet the window lickers like gaga and slickster if they play like they did today.

  41. thraiderskin says: Oct 9, 2016 11:33 PM

    Go Raiders!

    Good thing Bosa is a bust…

  42. edwicy says: Oct 10, 2016 12:23 AM

    Raiders are a handful of plays from being 5-0,and a handful of plays from being 0-5. I’ll easily take 4-1. This team has learned to never quit. Go Raiders!

  43. racerx1225 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:10 AM

    Bosa played well. I hate the Dolts but Bosa was not bad.

    Chargers stink because they have lousy ownership and cant manage a team.

    The dysfucntion of the Chargers makes Al Davis’ last years look like genius.

    Phyllis has to lear to not just chuck up the ball. Cant believe a vet like him cant throw the long ball better. Rreally shameful.

    Hey IDIEDPRETTY, stop crying, you ugly and you lose. Buh-bye.

  44. bpacha77511 says: Oct 10, 2016 4:30 AM

    Is it just me or is Rivers SERIOUSLY OVER RATED?????

  45. bartpkelly says: Oct 10, 2016 5:08 AM

    tonebones…because the punter is used to taking longsnaps…he does it every time he punts.

  46. priestlightning says: Oct 10, 2016 9:34 AM

    I cry for this team. Im hurting inside like I would if a close friend or family member was suffering. I love this team with all my heart. Seeing them lose the way they do tears my heart out. I feel for these players. Even though they get paid millions of dollars to do what they love. I feel for the other fans who love their team as much as i do. I feel for browns and lions and bills fans. I sit and watch every postgame press conference. I check in with how my chargers are doing at least ten times a day. Im not calling for a head coach’s job or lobbying for a quarterback to play better today. I just want to vent my heartache to pft.

  47. silvernblacksabbath says: Oct 10, 2016 9:59 AM

    Raiders aren’t legit JUST YET… With this defense, we’ll be one and done in the playoffs…

  48. silvernblacksabbath says: Oct 10, 2016 10:39 AM

    bpacha77511 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:30 AM

    Is it just me or is Rivers SERIOUSLY OVER RATED?????
    —————————-
    Its just you, Rivers is one of the best….

    -Raider fan

  49. raiderapologist says: Oct 10, 2016 11:58 AM

    bpacha77511 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:30 AM

    Is it just me or is Rivers SERIOUSLY OVER RATED?????
    ————————
    Philip is as dangerous as they get. Not overrated at all.

  50. platinumraider32 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:01 PM

    Time to put on the Monday morning QB hat!!!!!

    Well Raider fans, by virtue of a division win, though their is a 1st place tie, the Raiders are atop the division at this moment. Been years(14 to be exact), that we could say that. The offense is set and I believe ranked 3rd in the NFL at this time. They can score on anyone, have a tendency to get real conservative, but it’s hard to complain when they are putting up 28.4 points a game.

    Now the defense. The good news: they rank 3rd in the NFL in turnover ratio. The bad news: They are either dead last or close to last in every other defensive category. Del Rio/Norton and staff have to figure out a way to stop giving up big plays. That’s their achilles heal at this time, but they have plenty of time to fix it. I’d like to see them move Nelson closer to the box and put Joseph on the back end. He has range, will swap paint with you and has excellent instincts. They just need to tinker and tweak the defense til’ they see what works consistently.

    Nice to see Sean Smith get back to form. He’s making plays, defending well and has 3 int’s if an int on a conversion counts. Smaller receivers seem to give Sean and Amerson problems because of their size, but most receivers in the league are big bodied. And one sidebar: No one in the secondary began the season as a starter last year for the Raiders. I think Amerson didn’t become a starter until almost midway thru the season

    The Raiders are in good shape, just keep working on getting that defense in the best possible position, mix up your coverages and nice to see some blitzes sprinkled in.

    And yes I know, they could have easily lost this game or that game, but last I checked, no team in the NFL gives back win’s because it was ugly! Let’s be honest, of the Raiders 4 win’s, a couple of those games shouldn’t have even come to that. And let’s stop with “the Chargers found a new way to lose”. The FG was for the tie and we all know that FG’s in the closing minutes of an NFL game are never gimmies!!! Reference the Vikes in last years playoff’s.

    Keep chalkin em’ up Raiders!

  51. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 10, 2016 12:19 PM

    Losers find a way. BTW, LA don’t want you either.

  52. platinumraider32 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:23 PM

    Here’s a funny tidbit:

    If the Playoffs started today, the Raiders would be the #1 seed in the AFC.

    Hope springs eternal!!!!

  53. elmogotagun says: Oct 11, 2016 10:07 AM

    Good win Black and Silver. However, Amari Cooper footwork/awareness is concerning me.

  54. idiedpretty says: Oct 11, 2016 5:32 PM

    Here’s a funny tidbit:

    If the Playoffs started today, the Raiders would be the #1 seed in the AFC.

    Hope springs eternal!!!!
    ____________________________________
    Hey Homer! Newsflash. There is still 11 games to play. Got it? LOL at the cute Nation kids.

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