Chargers vs. Raiders: Postgame Grades, Notes and Quotes for San Diego

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Chargers vs. Raiders: Postgame Grades, Notes and Quotes for San Diego
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The San Diego Chargers had hoped to spoil possibly the last home game for the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum, but they came up a little bit short in a hard-fought battle between division rivals on Christmas Eve.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime, and the Raiders stopped the Chargers on fourth down to preserve a 23-20 win.

Head coach Mike McCoy told reporters after the game, per Chargers.com

Our players fought until the bitter end (but) unfortunately, we didn’t get it done.

We had to find a way to get this game won. We had to find a way to make a play in there somewhere or get a stop or score or do something to finish the game off and win.

It was a tough loss for our football team.

The Chargers led 17-10 at the half after getting touchdowns from Donald Brown and Dontrelle Inman, and a 47-yard field goal from Josh Lambo.

But the Raiders climbed back in the second half, trimming the deficit to five on a safety in the third quarter, then following with a three-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree and a two-point conversion for their first lead of the game at 20-17 with 4:42 left.

Philip Rivers got the Chargers in field-goal range with less than a minute remaining, and Lambo connected on a 45-yard attempt to tie the game at 20-all.

The Raiders swept the Chargers for the first time since 2010, and gave defensive back Charles Woodson a proper send-off in his final home game, as he gets closer to retirement after this season. Honestly, San Diego had a real shot at winning, but like McCoy said, they just couldn't get it done.

Here are this week's post game grades, notes and quotes for San Diego.

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