A pair of Chargers attempt to bring down Marshawn Lynch on Sunday. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Losing streak hits four games as Chargers top Raiders 17-16

OAKLAND — The Los Angeles Chargers drilled a 32-yard field goal as the clock expired on Sunday at the Coliseum, punctuating an uninspiring afternoon for the Oakland Raiders and sinking the hosts to a fourth loss in as many weeks.

Midway through the fourth quarter of the eventual 17-16 defeat, Cordarrelle Patterson briefly put the Raiders on their way to snapping the slide, breaking a 47-yard touchdown run to give Oakland a 16-14.

The Raiders would have possessed a three-point lead if not for a botched extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio.

“We had our chances,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You get your chances and you have to live with the results. We didn’t make enough [plays] today.”

The fourth-quarter also featured a six-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Rivers to Melvin Gordon. The touchdown was the second of the day for Gordon, who gashed the Raiders throughout the game, totaling 150 yards from scrimmage.

“It unfortunate that we let the [running] back get out a little bit, that we let the tight end get out a little bit,” Del Rio said. “In most cases it was stuff we prepared for and repped.”

A missed connection between Carr and Marshawn Lynch torpedoed the Raiders most promising scoring opportunity of the third quarter. With Lynch flashing across the middle, Carr’s pass tipped off the fingers of the running back, landing in the hands of Chargers linebacker Hayes Pullard.

Carr insisted that his showing — marred by a pair of interceptions — was unrelated to his health.

“It had nothing to do with my back,” Carr said after completing 21 of his 30 passes for 171 yards.

“We had some bigger plays that were called back [on penalties] and some questionable things,” Carr added. “But again, no one really cares.”

Del Rio was simply glad to have the face of the franchise under center again.

“I thought he did okay,” Del Rio said. “It was good to have him back. I know that. He missed on a couple things, but I thought for the most part he was fairly sharp.”

Thanks to Tavecchio, who booted a 44-yard kick through the uprights just before time expired on the first half, the Raiders carried a 10-7 advantage into the locker room.

The Raiders were lucky to escape with a narrow lead considering that Carr had thrown an interception on his first pass of the day and also lost a second-quarter fumble that center Rodney Hudson recovered.

Del Rio couldn’t offer a succinct explanation for the ongoing offensive malaise, which has seen the Raiders total 37 points in the last three games.

“I wouldn’t try to sum it up in a word,” Del Rio said. “I just wouldn’t try. Like I said, we’re working hard at it and we’re close, but no cigar.”

Penn ‘pissed’

The only silver lining that left tackle Donald Penn could find following a fourth loss in a row is that there’s no time to wallow in self pity. The 5-1 Kansas City Chiefs arrive on Thursday night for an AFC West showdown.

“We can’t really sulk on it that long because I’m mad right now and I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Penn said. “I’m pissed and I know a lot of guys in here are pissed.”

Raiders donate $1 million to fire relief efforts

The Raiders announced a pledge of $1 million to North Bay Fire relief and recovery efforts on Sunday afternoon.

Owner Mark Davis issued the following statement.

“Everyone in the Bay Area has been affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay. Many lives and thousands of homes have been lost during this tragedy. The Raider Nation salutes the first responders who heroically have been battling the flames and providing relief throughout the region. Santa Rosa and Napa have served as the Raiders’ summer home for over 40 years. During that time we have built long lasting relationships with the people and businesses of those communities. In this time of need.. we will be there for you.. as you have been there for us..”

The team also declined to light the Al Davis torch in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

Plane bashing Chargers, Raiders’ lack of ‘loyalty’ flies over Coliseum

Just inside of two hours before kickoff, a plane flew over the Coliseum towing a banner that read: “NFL = No Loyalty. SD and OAK deserve better.”

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