Philip Rivers threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and Caleb Sturgis kicked two field goals as the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 26-10, Sunday.
Rivers completed 22 of 27 passes as the Chargers (3-2) won consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Chargers outgained the Raiders, 412 yards to 289, led 19-14 in first downs and 34:40-25:20 in time of possession. The Chargers converted seven of 13 third down plays, 53.8 percent, Oakland four of 11, 36.3 percent.
The Raiders were successful on the game’s only fourth down conversion attempt before a crowd at StubHub Center announced at 25,362.
Derek Carr completed 24 of 33 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown with one interception for Oakland (1-4). Carr threw a 1-yard pass to Jordy Nelson with five minutes, 11 seconds to play for the Raiders lone touchdown.
Oakland committed both of the game’s turnovers which the Chargers converted into touchdowns.
On the first play after Rivers threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to running back Austin Ekeler 4:04 before halftime, receiver Martavis Bryant fumbled a 21-yard pass from Carr which was recovered by Chargers safety Jahleel Addae at the Raiders 48-yard line.
Melvin Gordon completed a six-play 48-yard touchdown drive with a 1-yard run, three plays after Gordon caught a 34-yard pass from Rivers.
Linebacker Melvin Ingram intercepted a Carr pass in the end zone late in the third quarter. The Chargers then drove 96 yards on eight plays, culminating with Rivers 13-yard touchdown pass to Virgil Green with 9:42 left.
Sturgis kicked a 49-yard field goal on the game’s first possession for the first quarter’s only points and a 30-yard field goal for the third quarter’s only points, increasing the Chargers lead to 20-3.
Sturgis also missed a 48-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the first half. His extra point kick following Green’s touchdown hit the left upright. Sturgis made the extra point kicks after the Chargers first two touchdowns.
Sturgis missed two extra points and a 54-yard field goal attempt in last Sunday’s 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, prompting the Chargers to cut his holder, Drew Kaser, and sign fellow punter Donnie Jones, Sturgis’ holder with the Philadelphia Eagles for 30 games from 2015 through the 2017 season opener.
Matthew McCrane kicked a 49-yard field goal 1:37 into the second quarter for Oakland’s only first-half points.
The Chargers drove to the Raiders 5-yard line with 2:00 to play, but Rivers took a knee on each of the game’s final three plays.
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