Chargers lose another heartbreaker, as Raiders win on replay review

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Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert thought he had the signature win of his rookie year. And then instant replay intervened.

Herbert was outstanding today against the Raiders, throwing for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns, including an apparent game-winner to Donald Parham Jr. as time expired. But on instant replay, Parham didn’t maintain control as he hit the ground, the pass was ruled incomplete, and the Raiders won 31-26.

Herbert was poised and in command of the offense throughout, and although he took some very hard hits and did have to come out of the game for one play, he never let up. It was another heartbreaking loss for Herbert in a rookie year that has had plenty of them. The Chargers keep coming up just short.

On the play before that pass to Parham, Herbert hit Mike Williams in the end zone with one second left, but Williams couldn’t hold on as Isaiah Johnson hit him. Herbert did everything he could, except find a way to win.

The Raiders employed a run-first offense to try to keep Herbert off the field, and it was fairly successful, with Las Vegas totaling 26 carries for 160 yards. Derek Carr didn’t have a great game, but he did have two touchdown passes and no interceptions.

With the win, the Raiders improve to 5-3, and they have a good chance of making a playoff run during the second half of the season. The Chargers fall to 2-6, and just keep finding ways to lose.

40 responses to “Chargers lose another heartbreaker, as Raiders win on replay review

  1. What is a catch anymore? Who knows!

    The Chargers should change nothing. They are the most snakebitten team I have seen since the Atlanta Falcons.

    Herbert is the real deal. At some point, they will learn how to win and close other teams out. And when they do…

  2. You can always count on the Chargers losing any meaningful game in spite of how talented they are on offense.

  3. Ive taken a few weeks off commenting to let the Raiders play speak for itself.

    Where are the Carr haters at now? You say he doesnt go deep but almost every game this year hes thrown a 40+ yard dime. You say he doesnt run but hes already broke his career rushing total and is making plays with his feet in and out the pockets. Are yall gonna deny that this man is playing at a top 10 level in the NFL? If it wasnt for Russ and Rodgers playing lights out id say Carr was right in the hunt for MVP even with all our offensive injuries.

    Great Win today for the Raiders. Defense needs to keep stepping up we got a heck of a stretch coming up.

  4. We’re lucky Isaiah Johnson played better than expected. I thought Gruden not going for it on 4th and 2 on our previous drive was a huge mistake. It almost bit us in the rear end. We escaped LA with a win, though. That’s the most important thing. Go Raiders!

  5. @chaunce922 ive taken a few weeks off commenting………………
    You need to take a couple more weeks off Carr is no where in the hunt for the MVP… in no particular order id take wilson, rodgers, mahomes, murray, herbert, allen, watson, brady, tannehill and big ben over anything carr has done…

  6. This game says more about how bad the Chargers are. Losing to the Broncos and Raiders in back to back games is terrible.

  7. Bad coaches lose close games and nobody loses more than Lynn. He’s a liability and will hurt Herberts career. He’s gotta go.

  8. They need to change the catch rule, especially on TD’s. Foot down, knee down in endzone.and roll out of bounds and lose control is ridiculous. Needs to be a touchdown. Dumb rule, for any team. Out of bounds shouldn’t cause an incomplete.

  9. Regardless of results in these Chargers games, time and time again my conclusion is that Justin Herbert is a baller!

  10. Anthony Lynn is a pretty good HC but loses a lot of close games. He may wind up like Mike McCarthy in Green Bay or Andy Reed in Philly, good coach, pretty good record but it eventually became time to try another HC. All the little mistakes, missed assignments and untimely penalties all point to coaching.

    I’d hold off on measuring Herbert for a HOF jacket yet but he does look good so far. Aside from his play, I impressed by his calmness and steadiness. He’s got a way to go but his demeanor reminds me of a young Joe Montana.

  11. Raiders didn’t win “on a replay review.” They won because their young CB Isaiah Johnson was in PICTURE PERFECT position to defend not one but TWO back corner fades the Chargers tried to win the game. That’s how they won.

  12. Anthony Lynn is a pretty good HC but loses a lot of close games. He may wind up like Mike McCarthy in Green Bay or Andy Reed in Philly, good coach, pretty good record but it eventually became time to try another HC. All the little mistakes, missed assignments and untimely penalties all point to coaching.

    I’d hold off on measuring Herbert for a HOF jacket yet but he does look good so far. Aside from his play, I impressed by his calmness and steadiness. He’s got a way to go but his demeanor reminds me of a young Joe Montana. The Chargers are looking better than they’ve had for years. With all due respect to Rivers, Herbert may become their best QB since Dan Fouts.

  13. jameshodges says:
    November 8, 2020 at 7:38 pm
    This game says more about how bad the Chargers are. Losing to the Broncos and Raiders in back to back games is terrible.

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    This is just an ignorant comment. The Raiders are beating good, winning teams this year. Look it up. They’re 5-3 and handed KC their only loss.

    And the Chargers are BARELY losing to everyone they play. They’re playing explosive football and they’re a threat in every game.

  14. Bill King September 10, 1978 “There’s nothing real in the world anymore! The Raiders have won the football game! The Chargers….they don’t believe it. Fifty-two thousand people are stunned. This one will be relived forever!”

  15. Say what you want (I’m no chargers fan) but this kid may put them back on the map. Like theat Fella in Buffalo. Shame we are stuck with Wentz. Oops I said my team.

  16. The Spanos curse is real. Every week is a new way to lose. Every year is another way to get a rash of injuries. No matter the roster, coaches, or even QB. It’s the same thing. Spanos is the constant. And he goes cheep as often as possible.

  17. Charger fan; crying about having the winning TD reversed when you can see the ball bouncing around is like saying an election was rigged when it doesn’t go your way.

  18. deadinbed says:
    November 8, 2020 at 11:06 pm
    But wait, doesn’t the NFL hate the Raiders?
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    Well the refs did rule it a TD first instead of an incomplete pass.

  19. Not trying to big myself up my any means, but I had a hunch that on the final play the way the formation was that they would end up throwing right. I also had a hunch that in real-time regardless of the replay that it indeed wouldn’t count as a catch. Anthony Lynn is not the guy. He’s a good man, but he’s more of a coordinator than a coach, even in having lead the Chargers to two winning records and a playoff win. So who coaches J Herbo next year? Mario Cristobal or Chip Kelly? Because even in his failures as a general manager and his current failures at UCLA, there are rumblings. And he may be more equip of a coach than Anthony Lynn at this point even because all J Herbo needs is a consistent running game and leads will become insurmountable and won’t be choked away.

  20. A Win is a Win but Can we please get rid of Gunther. Is there any team that can give up 2nd & 3rd and long more times than the Raiders? That 3rd & 16 was disgraceful….

    Gotta start getting some the injured players back. Anyone know about Ingold’s ribs?

  21. To glitznshytzlastyle: It doesn’t matter if you are in bounds or out of bounds you have to maintain control when you hit the ground. Rule worked perfectly.

  22. You have to maintain control when you break the plane. Did he? Did he have possesion at that point? The ground can’t cause a fumble.

  23. When the Chargers lost a close one to the Chiefs, the narrative was “Oh look, the Chiefs are no good because they almost lost to the Chargers.” Based on that narrative, I guess all we can say about the Raiders is “Oh look, the Raiders are no good because they almost lost to the Chargers.”

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