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Game Notes: Oakland Raiders 34 San Diego Chargers 31


Here are the game notes from the Oakland Raiders 34-31 home victory over their division rival the San Diego Chargers, presented by Microsoft Surface.

Raiders 34, Chargers 31

The Raiders won their first home game of the season, defeating the Chargers by a score of 34-31 improving Oakland's record to 4-1.

The 4-1 start is the first since 2002 when the team made it to Super Bowl XXXVII.

The victory moves the Raiders' lead in the all-time series to 61-50-2, while extending their win streak against the Chargers to three.

The win for the Silver and Black also marks the first three-game win streak since 2011 when the team ran off three straight in Weeks 10-12.

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Game Highlights

The defense posted another opening-quarter shutout, their third of the season. They are tied for first with the Seahawks for the fewest points allowed in the first quarter of play this season (six).

The Raiders' defense forced three turnovers in the opening half of play for the first time since doing so against the Chargers in Week 16 of 2013.

QB Derek Carr

Raiders QB Derek Carrregistered his ninth 300-plus yard passing performance of his career, moving him into fifth all-time in franchise history.

Carr finished with 317 yards on 25-of-40 attempts (62.5 percent) with two touchdowns and one interception, earning a passer rating of 93.4.

WR Amari Cooper

Down 9-17 in the third quarter, Raiders WR Amari Cooperhauled in his first touchdown of the season, a 64-yarder from QB Derek Carr to bring the score to 16-17, Chargers.

On his 64-yard touchdown receptions, Cooper passed Rod Streater for most receiving yards through the first two seasons in franchise history.

His 100-plus yard performance is the seventh time achieving the mark in his career and second against the Chargers, after recording 133 in Week 5 against the San Diego club last season.

Cooper also registered his second two-point conversion of the season, giving the Raiders a three-point lead late in the third quarter.

Cooper led both teams with a career-high 138 yards on six receptions (23.0 avg.).

WR Michael Crabtree

On fourth-and-3 from the Chargers' 21-yard line, WR Michael Crabtreehauled in his third reception of the game, a 21-yard strike from QB Derek Carr to give the Raiders their first lead of the game since the opening quarter of play.

The reception marked his 22nd consecutive game with at least three receptions.

The 21-yard touchdown was the longest touchdown for the Raiders on fourth down since Shane Lechler's 35-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss on Oct. 16, 2011.

Crabtree finished with three receptions for 47 yards (15.7 avg.) and one touchdown.

**FB Jamize Olawale


FB Jamize Olawalerecorded his second touchdown of the season, a 1-yard plunge that capped a four-play, 32-yard drive to help give the Raiders a 10-point lead over the Chargers.

Olawale also added the second longest rush of his career, a 17-yarder and finished with 20 yards on three attempts (6.7 avg.)

S Karl Joseph

The Raiders' defense forced their third turnover of the opening half when S Karl Josephhauled in Philip Rivers' second interception of the day, eventually leading to another field goal by K Sebastian Janikowski.The interception by Joseph was the first of his career.

Joseph recorded his second takeaway of game after recovering a forced fumble by DT Stacy McGee, becoming the first rookie with two takeaways in game since TJ Carrie did so in 2014.

Joseph finished with six tackles (three solo), one pass defensed, one fumble recovery and one interception on the day.

S Reggie Nelson

After a LB Perry Riley Jr.forced fumble, S Reggie Nelsonrecorded his second fumble recovery of the season and third takeaway overall.

The takeaway marked his team-leading third of the season.

Nelson finished with six tackles (four solo), one pass defensed and one interception. 

LB Perry Riley Jr.

On third-and-2 from the Raiders' 22-yard line, LB Perry Riley Jr. recorded his first forced fumble with the Silver and Black that was recovered by S Reggie Nelson. The takeaway came just three plays after the Chargers intercepted a pass on the Raiders' opening drive.

Riley Jr. finished his Raiders debut as the team leader with seven tackles (six solo) and one forced fumble.

CB Sean Smith

On the Chargers first play on their second offensive series, CB Sean Smithpicked off a Philip Rivers deep ball and returned it for 28 yards, the longest interception return by a Raider since Oct. 19, 2014, when Charles Woodson returned an interception for 30 yards against the Cardinals.

Smith finished with five tackles (three solo), two passes defensed and one interception.

**DT Stacy McGee


DT Stacy McGeerecorded his second sack of the season when he brought down Philip Rivers for a 5-yard loss.

McGee got to Rivers once again with 1:04 left in the third quarter, splitting the sack with DT Dan Williams.

McGee recorded two forced fumbles in the third quarter, the first and second of his career.

McGee finished with four tackles (three solo), two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks. 

K Sebastian Janikowski

After a 16-play 87-yard drive came to a halt at the 2-yard line, K Sebastian Janikowskipolished off the drive with a 20-yard field goal to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead.

Again in the second quarter, Janikowski capped an 11-play, 67-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal to decrease the Chargers' lead to one with the score being 7-6.

Janikowski ended the first half of play with a 56-yard boot, his longest of the season.

Janikowski made his fourth field goal of the game from 48-yards to finish a 10-play, 45-yard drive.

His four field goals made are the most since Dec. 21, 2014 against the Bills. This marks the 20th game in his career with at least four field goals made.

Janikowski led the team in points scored with 14 after making four field goals and two PATs.

P Marquette King

With a 48-yard punt late in the second quarter, P Marquette Kingbecame the fifth Raider in franchise history to notch 300 punts.

King finished with three punts for 139 yards (46.3 avg.)

NFL Firsts

DeAndre Washington

Made his first career NFL start.

Finished with nine rushes for 23 yards (2.6 avg.) while adding five reception for 29 yards (5.8 avg.).

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