Justin Herbert’s TD plunge gives Chargers OT victory over Raiders

  • Raiders cornerback Keisean Nixon (22) tackles Chargers wide receiver Jalen Guyton after Guyton made a 53-yard catch in overtime to set up the decisive touchdown in Thursday night’s game in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to pass during the second half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Center Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers readies at the line of scrimmage during the second half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs the ball as defensive tackle Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers gives chase during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders holds his leg while trying to get rid of the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) runs against Los Angeles Chargers safety Jahleel Addae (36) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Daryl Worley #36 of the Las Vegas Raiders reacts after a stop during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders dives into the end zone for a touchdown as outside linebacker Kenneth Murray #56 and outside linebacker Nick Vigil #59 of the Los Angeles Chargers defend during the second half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders dives into the end zone for a touchdown as outside linebacker Kenneth Murray #56 of the Los Angeles Chargers defends during the second half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders dives into the end zone for a touchdown as outside linebacker Kenneth Murray #56 of the Los Angeles Chargers defends during the second half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Zay Jones #12 of the Las Vegas Raiders congratulates quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 on his touchdown during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders carries the ball as defensive tackle Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers defends during the second half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs the ball during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders is tackled by defensive end Joey Bosa #97 and linebacker Uchenna Nwosu #42 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Center Dan Feeney #66 of the Los Angeles Chargers spikes the ball after teammate Kalen Ballage #31 scored a touchdown during the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the second half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders dives into the end zone for touchdown during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders dives into the end zone for touchdown during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders scrambles against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of the game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Justin Herbert #10 after scoring a 10 yard touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of the game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after scoring a 10 yard touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of the game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Las Vegas Raiders leaves the field with a trainer during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after scoring a 10 yard touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of the game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders reacts during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a 10 yard touchdown against Erik Harris #25 and Keisean Nixon #22 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Las Vegas Raiders talks with a trainer during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Tight end Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders makes a first down reception during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders rushes for a first down as Jaylen Watkins #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers defends during the second half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders hands the ball off to Josh Jacobs #28 during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Jalen Guyton #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball against Trayvon Mullen #27 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of the game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders looks to throw a pass during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders catches a 35 yard pass to score a touchdown against Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second quarter in the game at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) celebrates after tight end Darren Waller (83) scored a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders scrambles during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Kicker Mike Badgley #4 kicks a field goal as punter Ty Long #1 of the Los Angeles Chargers placeholds during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders is tackled by outside linebacker Kenneth Murray #56 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Tyron Johnson #83 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a touchdown pass during the first half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Tyron Johnson #83 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates scoring a touchdown as Daryl Worley #36 of the Las Vegas Raiders looks on during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Tyron Johnson #83 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a touchdown pass as Daryl Worley #36 of the Las Vegas Raiders defends during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to pass during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Jalen Guyton #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers trips after rushing the ball during the first half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Kalen Ballage #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by Daryl Worley #36 and free safety Lamarcus Joyner #29 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to pass during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders reacts after a first down scramble during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders scrambles for a first down as cornerback Michael Davis #43 and linebacker Uchenna Nwosu #42 of the Los Angeles Chargers defend during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver K.J. Hill #84 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball on a punt return as safety Dallin Leavitt #32 of the Las Vegas Raiders defends during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a reception as free safety Erik Harris #25 of the Las Vegas Raiders defends during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes the ball during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Tight end Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown during the first half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Tyron Johnson #83 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball as cornerback Trayvon Mullen #27 of the Las Vegas Raiders defends during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Tight end Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a first down reception during the first half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers pitches the ball to avoid a sack from defensive end Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Chairman and owner Dean Spanos of the Los Angeles Chargers points during warmups before the game against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Las Vegas Raiders running back Jalen Richard (30) runs against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen (27) commits a pass interference on Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler #30 rushes during the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn speaks with players during the second half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler #30 rushes during the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) tosses the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu #42 hits Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 during the third quarter in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) runs against Los Angeles Chargers strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins (23) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Jalen Guyton (15) celebrates after wide receiver Tyron Johnson (83) scored a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyron Johnson (83) scores a touchdown against Las Vegas Raiders’ Daryl Worley during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) runs against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs #28 rushes during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen (27) tackles Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball after making an interception late in the second half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after intercepting the ball late in the second half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers is sacked by Daryl Worley #36 and defensive tackle Kendal Vickers #91 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Kicker Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers watches as he misses a 47-yard field goal attempt during the second half against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 rushes in overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs #28 rushes in overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Kicker Daniel Carlson #2 of the Las Vegas Raiders kicks a field goal during overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Jalen Guyton #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a first down reception during overtime against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Keisean Nixon (22) tackles Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Jalen Guyton (15) after Guyton made a catch in overtime of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Jalen Guyton #15 catches a pass in overtime against the Las Vegas Raiders in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert #10 rushes in overtime against the Las Vegas Raiders in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert dives for the end zone and eventually stretches the all across the goal line for the game-winning touchdown in their 30-27 overtime victory over the Raiders on Thursday night at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert #10 scores the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Las Vegas Raiders in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) scores a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers dives into the end zone for a touchdown to win the game 30-27 during overtime against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers dives into the end zone for a touchdown to win the game 30-27 during overtime against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Tight end Jared Rice #40 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after teammate quarterback Justin Herbert #10 scored the game-winning touchdown during overtime against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers won 30-37. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers dives into the end zone for a touchdown to win the game 30-27 during overtime against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Defensive tackle Cortez Broughton #91 of the Los Angeles Chargers congratulates quarterback Justin Herbert #10 after Herbert’s game-winning touchdown during overtime against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers won 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • The Los Angeles Chargers celebrate after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

  • Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry, right, embraces quarterback Justin Herbert (10) after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers greets quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders after the Chargers’ 30-27 overtime win against the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert was asked in October to list his favorite quarterbacks growing up. He rattled off two obvious names in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, but the third was Marcus Mariota, the backup quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Many snickered on social media because Mariota’s name is rarely grouped with legendary quarterbacks. But Herbert idolized Mariota for his accomplishments at the University of Oregon. Herbert and his family walked from their home in Eugene, Ore., to Autzen Stadium to watch the Ducks for nearly every home game during Mariota’s Heisman Trophy-winning college career. Herbert later went on to star at his hometown university before joining the Chargers in April.

Herbert has gone toe-to-toe with Brady, Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes in his first season in the NFL. But unexpectedly playing against Mariota on Thursday night at Allegiant Stadium might top all of those moments for Herbert during his historic rookie season.

Mariota, the 2015 No. 2 overall pick, entered the game after Raiders quarterback Derek Carr pulled his groin late in the first quarter. Suddenly, the many new Chargers fans in Eugene were torn about who to root for in the quarterback duck fight between Herbert and Mariota. Or it was a win-win situation to watch the two Oregon products battle in a prime-time game.

For the Chargers and Raiders, there was almost a tie-tie situation during a chaotic overtime period, but the Chargers changed their fortunes for the second week in a row. Herbert’s quarterback sneak gave the Chargers a 30-27 victory to snap a nine-game losing streak in the AFC West. The Chargers (5-9) recorded their first win against a team with a winning record this season and improved their record in one-score games to 4-7.

“Pretty crazy experience,” Herbert said about playing against Mariota. “I grew up watching Marcus. He was my favorite player. Just being from Eugene, I knew that program so well. To be able to play a couple games against him, it’s been really cool just to see him out on the field. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted.”

Herbert’s 53-yard pass to wide receiver Jalen Guyton set up his game-winning run with 1:29 left in overtime. It was Herbert’s second consecutive game-winning final drive. He did it against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in Inglewood.

“Guys are tired of losing close games and want to win some of these and guys are fighting and they executed at the end,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.

Herbert finished 22 of 32 for 314 yards, two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Mariota completed 17 of 28 passes for 226 yards, one touchdown, one interception and one rushing score.

Mariota flashed his athleticism and Herbert displayed his arm strength in a thrilling back-and-forth shootout. But, as the new Chargers fans in Eugene have learned, the Chargers rarely make it about their stud rookie quarterback.

There’s often a costly missed field goal try or two in a one-score game that takes center stage for Lynn’s team. Chargers kicker Michael Badgley missed field-goal attempts of 47 and 51 yards in the final four minutes of regulation to eventually send the game into overtime with the score tied, 24-24. The second miss came with 58 seconds left after Chris Harris Jr. intercepted a Mariota pass and returned it 52 yards down the sideline.

“I would love to know what’s going on in his head right now,” Lynn said of Badgley. “I know last week he kicked the game-winner. I thought he got his swag back. I thought he was over the hump and he didn’t kick well today. Just that simple. We’re in a dome and he didn’t kick well today.”

The Chargers’ defense saved the game after defensive end Isaac Rochell batted Mariota’s pass on third-and-5 from the Chargers’ 5-yard line in overtime. The Raiders settled for a field goal before Herbert’s heroics.

“Give us your three best plays here,” Harris said when asked what he told his teammates in the red zone during overtime.

The Chargers took their third lead of the game after Kalen Ballage’s 1-yard touchdown run made it  24-17 with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs tied the score at 17-17 with a 1-yard rushing touchdown with 5:23 in the third quarter.

Herbert tied the rookie record for most passing touchdowns in a season when he connected with wide receiver Tyron Johnson for a 26-yard score, as the Chargers regained the lead 17-10 with 19 seconds left in the first half. It was Herbert’s 27th touchdown pass of the season, tying Baker Mayfield’s mark from 2018 with Cleveland.

Herbert finished the first half 16-of-20 for 194 yards, two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 140.4.

Mariota didn’t appear rusty on his first drive during the second quarter. He opened with a 22-yard completion to tight end Foster Moreau and then delivered a perfect 35-yard touchdown pass to tight end Darren Waller to give the Raiders their first lead at 10-7 with 9:19 left in the second quarter. Mariota was 3-of-3 for 70 yards on the scoring drive.

Mariota’s last start came in Week 6 of last season with the Tennessee Titans. He lost his starting job to Ryan Tannehill before signing a two-year, $17.6 million deal with the Raiders this past offseason.

The Chargers tied the score at 10-10 after Badgley’s 22-yard field goal with 1:52 left in the first half. The Chargers decided not to go for it on fourth-and-goal on the 4-yard line.

Herbert and the Chargers started the game fast with a 12-play, 78-yard touchdown drive. Herbert was 6-of-6 for 75 yards and capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Henry.

The Chargers seemed destined for an easy game against a short-handed Raiders’ defense, but it’s never easy for the Chargers. At least now they’re starting to win the close ones.

Justin Herbert! QB SNEAK FOR THE WIN. #BoltUp #LACvsLV pic.twitter.com/RSZK6J84ie

— NFL (@NFL) December 18, 2020

HE WAS IN!!! pic.twitter.com/Xl0m0PWuPM

— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) December 18, 2020

HERBERT GOES DEEP. #BoltUp

📺: #LACvsLV on NFLN/FOX/PRIME VIDEO
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— NFL (@NFL) December 18, 2020

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Chargers extend streak of allowing 29 points or more vs. Raiders

  • Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams, below, stays down on the field after an injury and an incomplete pass in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, left, celebrates with teammates cornerback Isaiah Johnson, center, and strong safety Johnathan Abram (24) after the Raiders defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • The Raiders Isaiah Johnson #31 signals no touchdown to the referee after the Chargers’ Donald Parham Jr. #89 after catching what would have been the game winning touchdown as time expired during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The touchdown call on the field was reversed by review because Parham dropped the ball, the Raiders went on to beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Raiders Isaiah Johnson #31 defends as the Chargers’ Donald Parham Jr. #89 catches what would have been the game winning touchdown as time expired during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The touchdown call on the field was reversed by review because Parham dropped the ball, the Raiders went on to beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Donald Parham Jr. #89 after catching what would have been the game winning touchdown as time expired during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The touchdown call on the field was reversed by review because Parham dropped the ball, the Raiders went on to beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Raiders quarterback Derek Carr #4 during their NFL game against the Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Gabe Nabers #40 celebrates scoring a touchdown with Dan Feeney #66 during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Raiders’ Amik Robertson #21 celebrates their victory during their NFL game against the Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Donald Parham Jr. #89 after catching what would have been the game winning touchdown as time expired during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The touchdown call on the field was reversed by review because Parham dropped the ball, the Raiders went on to beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Raiders Isaiah Johnson #31 signals no touchdown to the referee after the Chargers’ Donald Parham Jr. #89 after catching what would have been the game winning touchdown as time expired during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The touchdown call on the field was reversed by review because Parham dropped the ball, the Raiders went on to beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Mike Williams #81 hauls in a pass as the Raiders Johnathan Abram #24 defends during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Chargers’ Nasir Adderley #24 and Kyzir White #44 brick up a pass intended for the Raiders Darren Waller #83 during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Raiders’ Nelson Agholor #15 hauls in a pass as the Chargers’ Michael Davis #43 defends during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Raiders’ Josh Jacobs #28 looks for some running room during their NFL game against the Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert #10 scrambles during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Keenan Allen #13 looks for some running too, as the Raiders’ Erik Harris #25 moves in for the tackle during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Joe Reed #12 heads up field during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert #10 can’t escape the grasp of the Raiders’ Clelin Ferrell #96 during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Mike Williams #81 spins away from Raiders’ Erik Harris #25 during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Kalen Ballage #31 escapes the tackle of the Raiders Cory Littleton #42 during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Raiders beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert #10 passes the ball during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert #10 congratulates Kalen Ballage #31 Ballage scored a touchdown during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Donald Parham Jr. #89 celebrates what would have been the game winning touchdown as time expired during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The touchdown call on the field was reversed by review because Parham dropped the ball, the Raiders went on to beat the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Dan Feeney #66 spikes the ball after Kalen Ballage #31 scored a first half rushing touchdown during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Keenan Allen #13 is hugged by quarterback Justin Herbert #10 after Allen scored a touchdown during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Jalen Guyton #15 goes up for a pass as the Raiders’ Isaiah Johnson #31 defends during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. The pass was nullified and brought back due to an offensive pass interference call. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ K.J. Hill #84 catches a punt and is tackled by the Raiders Keisean Nixon #22 during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Kalen Ballage #31 scores a touchdown during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert #10 scrambles away from the Raiders’ Clelin Ferrell #96 during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Raiders quarterback Derek Carr #4 is dragged down by Chargers defenders during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Chargers’ Keenan Allen #13 crosses the goal line for a touchdown during their NFL game against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert #10 can’t escape the grasp of the Raiders’ Clelin Ferrell #96 during their NFL game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca., Sunday, November 8, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert throws a pass under pressure during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage is hauled down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • The Los Angeles Chargers take the field before an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers battles for yards after a first half catch against Nevin Lawson #26 of the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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INGLEWOOD — It wasn’t that long ago that the Chargers were viewed as one of the best defenses in the NFL because Derwin James, Drue Tranquill, Chris Harris Jr. and Joey Bosa are on the roster.

But none of them were on the field Sunday during the Chargers’ 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium. James, Tranquill and Harris haven’t played since Week 3, and Bosa was inactive because he’s in the concussion protocol.

Injuries certainly played a part in why the Chargers have been one of the worst defenses in the NFL in the past month, but James and Tranquill are likely not coming back this season. They’ll need to turn it around regardless of who’s on the field for the final eight games of the season.

The Chargers (2-6) allowed 29 points or more for the fifth consecutive game. The Raiders ran for 160 rushing yards and quarterback Derek Carr had multiple passes of 45 yards or more against the Chargers’ secondary.

“We gotta eliminate the explosive (plays),” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “The ball went over our heads too many times today.”

Lynn had short responses Sunday when asked about the defensive struggles. Last week, Lynn said he had no intentions of making coaching staff changes.

Lynn has displayed support for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but many fans on social media aren’t pleased with the two coaches and Sunday’s performance didn’t help their causes.

The Chargers’ defense, however, did have one positive note when they kept the Raiders out of the end zone after rookie wide receiver K.J. Hill muffed a punt on his own 31-yard line in the fourth quarter.

But not much has gone right for Bradley’s defense this season. The Chargers have allowed 30 points or more in back-to-back games for the second time this season. They never did that once during Bradley’s first three seasons as play caller.

SURPRISE SPARK

The Chargers received a spark from running back Kalen Ballage, who was promoted from the practice squad this week. Ballage was involved early because Justin Jackson sustained a right knee injury on the opening play.

Ballage finished the Chargers’ first scoring drive with a 5-yard run on fourth-and-1 to tie the score 7-7 with 13:24 in the second quarter. Jackson returned to the game late in the second quarter.

Ballage finished with a team-high 69 rushing yards on 15 attempts. The Chargers rushed for a combined 128 yards.

“I don’t look at myself as a practice squad player,” Ballage said. “The ball just hasn’t rolled my way … but I prepare myself like I’m the No. 1 back on every team I get on and like I’m the No. 1 back in the league. … I’m just going to continue working and help this team win.”

Ballage joined the Chargers’ practice squad last month. The Arizona State product was a fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins. He was with the New York Jets to start the season.

INJURIES

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga sustained a back injury on the Chargers’ first drive and didn’t return to the game. Bulaga missed three games this season because of a back injury.

Wide receiver Mike Williams received medical attendance after falling hard on his failed reception in the end zone with six seconds left in regulation.

Lynn didn’t provide updates on Bulaga and Williams after the game.

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Updates: Chargers host Jaguars at SoFi Stadium

Justin Herbert and the Chargers (1-4) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) at SoFi Stadium after coming off a bye week.

The Chargers activated defensive end Melvin Ingram III and defensive tackle Justin Jones from reserve/injured list on Saturday. Both could be available to play Sunday afternoon.

The game begins at 1:25 PM today on CBS.

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Chargers vs. Chiefs updates: AFC West matchup at SoFi Stadium

The Chargers host Kansas City Chiefs for the franchise’s first home game at SoFi Stadium at 1:25 pm Sunday on CBS.

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‘Hard Knocks’ episode 4 recap: George Stewart inspires Chargers to create change

Chargers special teams coordinator George Stewart shared the wise words “you gotta lose something to get something” during the team’s emotional conversation last week at SoFi Stadium regarding social justice and police brutality.

For episode four of “Hard Knocks: Los Angeles,” the cameras revealed the backstory of how the Chargers decided to cancel their scrimmage and used their NFL Network platform to raise awareness and how to create change.

“We are football players, we’re not politicians, but it’s up to us to speak our damn platforms,” Stewart told his players in the locker room.

Stewart reminded his players he’s 62 and how much racism and police brutality he’s seen since he was a 6-year-old boy growing up in Arkansas.

“I’m tired of it,” he said. “I know what it’s like to be oppressed … What can we do?”

The NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks initially forfeited their postseason game last week to demand justice for Jacob Blake, who was shot and paralyzed by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

That led to a domino effect of sporting events being postponed for a few days. The Bucks gave up something to regain the nation’s attention on many social issues like systemic racism.

But coaches were compelled to postpone games and practices because it seemed like the right thing to do instead of understanding why or how to build on the Bucks’ actions.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is about actions. Initially, he wasn’t going to cancel the scrimmage without a plan on how to create change. He thought handling business on the practice field and then speaking to reporters after about social justice was the best way to raise awareness and spur actions.

Lynn said a head coach called him to say he canceled practice because he didn’t know what to do.

“Get your ass out in the community and go do something with some people who can actually make change,” Lynn said he told the anonymous head coach.

He then reminded his players of all the actions they’ve done away from the field and how to expand on it.

“We’re working with Liberty Hill in L.A. right now to change policies to end systemic racism,” Lynn told his players on Zoom the night before gathering at SoFi Stadium.  “Get your ass out and vote to get the right people in the position that have the same viewpoints that you have. That’s one of the important things you can do.

“Best way to honor Jacob Blake, let’s talk about it to the media after we do our job.”

Lynn changed his mind and canceled practice after the emotional conversation in the locker room.

The players gave up their opportunities to earn playing time and roster spots in a valuable scrimmage to speak about social injustices for 60 minutes on national television. Stewart’s wise words and Lynn’s push for actions resonated with players.

Loved it. My respect for Anthony Lynn & this organization as a whole couldn’t be higher right now.

— Nick Horrigan (@NHorrigan30) September 2, 2020

STAR OF THE EPISODE

Nose tackle Breiden Fehoko got Lynn to say the words every undrafted rookie wants to hear.

“He just made the team,” Lynn said after watching Fehoko perform the ceremonial haka dance in front of teammates.

Lynn might have been joking, but he’s also been impressed with his play on the practice field.

Fehoko doesn’t have the ideal height for a defensive tackle — he jokingly blamed that on his mother — but his technique and drive to improve could keep him with the Chargers past Saturday’s cutdown day.

Two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Linval Joseph told Fehoko to show up on tape. He muttered those words to himself before a practice. He also got the attention of star defensive end Melvin Ingram with his confidence.

Fehoko also won the hearts of viewers with his underdog story. Many are rooting for him to perform more hakas for the Chargers.

Breiden Fehoko is so easy to root for pic.twitter.com/7O7Bv2jGuP

— ChargersMemes (@ChargersMemes) September 2, 2020

AVOID RAMSEY’S SIDE

Safety JuJu Hughes was dumbfounded as to why the Rams decided to throw in rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson’s direction while being defended by star cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey won the round, but Jefferson has made many plays in camp. Perhaps it’s not the best idea to throw in Ramsey’s vicinity, but practice is about improving and the Rams likely wanted to see how good their 2020 second-round pick was.

Speaking of puzzling moves, why was coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead shaking hands with players after cutting them?

That’s like adding insult to injury. It’s 2020, Rams brass. Avoid high fives and handshakes. Shoulder bumps are acceptable, though.

#HardKnocks captures two of the highlights of #Rams training camp: Rookie WR Van Jefferson’s route-running any day. And CB Jalen Ramsey’s one-handed interception and length-of-the-field runback in practice on Aug. 25.

— Kevin Modesti (@KevinModesti) September 2, 2020

HERBERT’S UPS AND DOWNS

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert was down on himself after a lackluster practice, but he showed growth with an impressive workout the following day.

This year’s No. 6 overall pick has been a mixed bag performance and personality wise.

He’s known for being quiet, but he showed personality when he did the “wassup” from the popular early 2000s Budweiser commercials. Herbert was born in 1998.

Rookie wide receiver K.J. Hill must have been so confused after he heard Herbert say that.

Herbert was also reminded by the Chargers’ defense he wasn’t facing Washington State. A subtle jab for the teams he faced in the Pac-12 while playing for Oregon.

The rookie said he obviously knew he wasn’t facing Washington State and then dropped a few impressive throws on the defense to prove it.

Yup. Will Herbert be able to have the game slow down. Cuz god given talent that boy has it.

— DH (@DH2185) September 2, 2020

TAYLOR’S LEADERSHIP

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is in an awkward situation with Herbert because he’ll likely replace him in the future.

Taylor is the current starter and wants to keep it that way for as long as possible, but that didn’t stop him from helping Herbert keep his confidence after throwing an interception.

“Brush it off,” Taylor told Herbert.

Taylor was also the one who gathered the team for the heart-to-heart conversation at SoFi Stadium.

It’s obvious the Chargers respect Taylor and want to hear from him as one of the leaders on the team.

Good leadership by Tyrod Taylor to tell Justin Herbert to “brush it off” after the rookie threw an interception. That’s why Lynn is a fan of Tyrod as a person and player #Chargers #HardKnocks

— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) September 2, 2020

 

 

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Newsmakers Series: Join Rams and Chargers beat writers discuss the NFL’s future

Join columnists and beat writers from both Bay Area News Group and Southern California News Group as they discuss the future for the National Football League. This webinar series will highlight the plans of each league for opening, the 2020 seasons at large, and what fans can expect from it.

When:

Thursday, August 6, 10 a.m. in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Host: Todd Harmonson, Executive Editor

Guests:

SCNG– Kevin Modesti (Rams) and Gilbert Manzano (Chargers)

BANG– Cam Inman (49ers) and Jerry McDonald (Raiders)

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Chargers trade with Patriots to draft LB Kenneth Murray at No. 23

When Kenneth Murray received a phone call from an Indianapolis number, he had no idea he was headed to Los Angeles.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco was on the other end of that surprising phone call for the former Oklahoma linebacker. That was one of many surprises the Chargers had Thursday for the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Telesco and the Chargers traded up to select Murray with the No. 23 overall pick, the team’s second first-round pick of the night. The Chargers drafted quarterback Justin Herbert with the No. 6 pick. The Chargers sent their second-round pick (37th overall) and a third-rounder (71) to the New England Patriots.

Murray filled a need for the Chargers, who didn’t receive much production from their linebackers in 2019. Murray is a versatile linebacker who played middle linebacker at Oklahoma, but was recruited to play outside linebacker and pass rusher.

“I was completely surprised,” Murray said about the Chargers drafting him. “I met with them at the combine. I put my best foot forward and I felt like we connected well.”

Murray will join a linebacker group that includes last year’s rookie sensation Drue Tranquill, Denzel Perryman, Uchenna Nwosu and Kyzir White.

The Chargers are stacked on defense with players such as former first-round picks Joey Bosa and Derwin James and offseason acquisition Chris Harris Jr., but the team was last in takeaways (14) and 28th in sacks (30) a year ago.

Telesco, who spent many years working in the Indianapolis Colts’ front office, referred to Murray as a violent tackler. That physicality could lead to more takeaways and sacks for the Chargers in 2020.

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Chargers’ Joey Bosa delivers dominant performance then offers teammates a challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In most NFL locker rooms, there are a handful of players who speak regardless of the outcome.

Some provide juicy quotes that dominate the headlines. Others speak in cliches and provide optimism for their teammates.

Defensive end Joey Bosa isn’t either of those players for the Chargers. He prefers to do his talking with his play on the field, but he did both Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

He dominated the Titans’ offensive line and sacked quarterback Ryan Tannehill twice. But the Chargers suffered a heart-breaking 23-20 loss at Nissan Stadium to give them a 2-5 record and a three-game losing streak.

Bosa was hesitant to speak after the game, but eventually obliged. As he got going, he spoke truthfully and offered his teammates a challenge.

“I’m going to come to work and (expletive) work Monday,” he said. “So we’ll see who comes with me, but we still have a great opportunity to turn this around.”

Bosa didn’t come off as angry, but more as a player trying to rally his teammates.

Quarterback Philip Rivers said in his post-game interview that the Chargers can either head into a zombie-walking 3-13 season or a competitive 10-6 season with playoff hopes.

Bosa wants his team to be the latter.

“I have one answer,” Bosa said as more reporters gathered around him. “I’m going to come in and I’m going to work my ass off for the rest of the season. I can’t control anybody else. I know we have a lot of guys that want to win, that want to work, and we’ll see who’s with me on Monday. But we can find out who really wants it pretty quick after a game like that, but I’ll be one of them.”

The Chargers needed Bosa’s dominant performance more than other weeks because they were down three starters on the defensive line. Defensive end Melvin Ingram (hamstring) and defensive tackles Justin Jones (shoulder) and Brandon Mebane (knee) were sidelined.

Bosa’s disruption at the line of scrimmage never allowed the Titans to get into a running rhythm. The run-first team likes to punish opponents up the middle with bruising running back Derrick Henry. The Chargers contained the Titans to 97 rushing yards, with 90 coming from Henry on 22 carries.

“This is by far Joey’s best game all year,” pass rusher Uchenna Nwosu said. “Joey has great games every game, but Joey came to play today. We really needed that, especially how depleted we are on the D-line, and Joey being the leader that he is, and the D-line stepped up.”

Bosa didn’t stay at his usual edge spots with his hand on the ground. At one point, he lined up in the middle of the defensive line as a standing pass rusher and got to Tannehill for an 11-yard loss to force a punt in the third quarter.

Bosa’s play inspired Nwosu, who has started during Ingram’s three-game absence. Nwosu’s QB hit on Tannehill led to strong safety Roderic Teamer recording his first career interception in the third quarter.

“I’m feeding off his energy,” Nwosu said. “I’m feeding off his play.”

Lost in the aftermath of the final-minute-replay-review chaos was the Chargers’ defensive stop on fourth and inches to give Rivers a chance to complete the rally with 2:35 left in regulation.

Bosa was the one who stopped Tannehill on the quarterback sneak.

“Joey is a quiet guy, everybody knows that,” Nwosu said. “He’s always quiet, but when he speaks, everybody listens. So anything Joey says, you gotta listen. You gotta take it seriously.”

The defensive line listened to Bosa on Sunday. The star defensive end will find out Monday who’s still with him.

FORREST LAMP INJURY

Left guard Forrest Lamp was carted off the field with an ankle injury in the second quarter and didn’t return to the game.

Dan Feeney was moved from center to replace Lamp, and Scott Quessenberry took over for Feeney.

If Lamp’s injury causes him to miss games, Quessenberry will be the Chargers’ third center to start a game. Mike Pouncey suffered a season-ending neck injury against the Denver Broncos in Week 5.

RIVERS MAKING HISTORY

Rivers moved to sixth all-time in career passing yards, leaping his 2004 draft mates Eli Manning (56,537) and Ben Roethlisberger (56,545).

Rivers started the day at 56,441. He finished with 329 passing yards.

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Chargers TE Hunter Henry has career night against Steelers in his return

CARSON — Hunter Henry didn’t want the mystery to end Friday, but he kept dropping hints that he was going to play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Henry’s poor poker face didn’t leave much mystery. But Henry was right. He was ready to go, like he said two days earlier.

The Chargers’ tight end was ready to go from the outset at Dignity Health Sports Park. Henry started in his first game since suffering a left knee injury in the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Quarterback Philip Rivers didn’t waste time with getting Henry acclimated. The two connected for a 19-yard catch on the opening play of the game. Henry recorded career highs in targets (9), receptions (8) and yards (100), and grabbed two touchdowns during the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to the Steelers. Henry’s second touchdown cut the Steelers’ lead to seven points with 1:29 left in regulation.

“Going into the game, I wasn’t planning on playing 50, 60 snaps, but kinda how the game rolled,” Henry said. “I was feeling really good. I felt really good tonight … Obviously, sore. Long game and I haven’t played. When you’re running up the field, you’re pretty tired.”

Henry missed the past four games because of the knee injury. He returned to practice this week and was a full participant for Friday’s workout. Henry missed the entire regular season last year because of a torn ACL.

Henry was the lone bright spot for the Chargers’ lackluster offense.

“It’s pretty frustrating, but we have a lot of fight,” Henry said. “Hopefully (the fourth-quarter rally) carries into these next couple weeks.”

CRUCIAL MISSED TACKLE

Chargers linebackers Kyzir White and Denzel Perryman consoled their teammate Jatavis Brown after the Steelers increased their lead to 21-0 in the second quarter.

Brown was down because he failed to tackle Steelers running back James Conner. Brown wrapped his arms around Conner near the 20-yard line, but Conner broke free and had a clear path to finish a 26-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Devlin Hodges.

LAMP MAKES FIRST START

Forrest Lamp made his long-awaited first career start Sunday night.

Lamp, who was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, wasn’t used as an extra blocker or rotated into the offensive line, two roles he had played coming into Week 6. He was on the field as the starting left guard next to center Dan Feeney and left tackle Trent Scott.

Feeney was the starter at left guard, but was moved after the season-ending neck injury to Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey. It was Feeney’s first career start at center.

Lamp and Feeney came into the league together, with Feeney being drafted in the third round of the 2017 draft. Feeney made 32 consecutive starts at offensive guard, while many fans on social media kept asking why Lamp wasn’t on the field.

Part of it was injuries. Lamp missed his rookie season because of a torn ACL and had a second knee injury to derail his sophomore year. A healthy Lamp lost the left guard competition to Feeney in training camp.

STEELERS FANS TAKE OVER

Yellow waving towels covered Dignity Health Sports Park throughout the game.

The pro-Steelers crowd chanted “Defense” while Rivers, who plays for the home team, was on the field. Steelers fans could be heard cheering for every flag against the Chargers, who are used to seeing the opposing team fans take over the 27,000-seat stadium.

Last week, the stands were covered with orange in support of the Denver Broncos, who defeated the Chargers.

“No, I can’t say the team is affected by the crowd,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “The crowd doesn’t play. If anything, I thought that crowd brought a lot of energy to the stadium.”

ALLEN’S QUIET NIGHT 

After a hot start to the season, Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had another quiet outing. Allen was held to two catches for 33 yards. A week earlier, Allen had four catches for 18 yards again the Broncos.

“(Teams are taking) Keenan away by coverage and other guys have to step up,” Lynn said.

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Alexander: Schedule demands don’t faze Lamar Jackson or Ravens

CARSON — Nobody said the NFL was fair. (Although you can interpret that any number of ways.) But when circumstances seem to be slanted against you, talent and will can win the day.

The Baltimore Ravens were dealing with a short week, and they’d traveled across the country to play a Chargers team that had 10 days off. And, well, the game’s No. 1 defense and a young quarterback with fresh legs and no fear turned out to be the antidote.

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Rookie Lamar Jackson passed for 204 yards, ran for 39 and kept the Ravens moving, though touchdowns were elusive for most of the night. Baltimore’s defense limited the Chargers to one touchdown and one field goal — and created the biggest turnover of the night to turn a Chargers drive into a Ravens score.

And the visitors went home happy, if maybe a little bleary-eyed, with a 22-10 victory that kept them in the playoff hunt and all but consigned the Chargers to wild-card status. (The Chiefs could make that official Sunday night against Seattle.)

The Ravens’ ETA in Baltimore Sunday morning is around 7 a.m. EST … but at least they’ll have an extra day to prepare before their own Week 17.

Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville, showed some additional dimensions to his game Saturday night. He had rushed for 427 yards in his five starts since taking over for the injured Joe Flacco, but he threw for 204 against the Chargers, though 68 of those came on the pass play to Mark Andrews in the third quarter that answered the Chargers’ only touchdown of the game and put the Ravens ahead to stay.

“I finally had a 200-yard game, huh?” he said afterward. “People thought it was going to be a big test for me and it was going to be difficult, but our offensive line did a great job. If it wasn’t for them, I would have only been 100-and-some yards again.”

His legs were a secondary option Saturday night, though he had 39 yards on 13 carries (Gus Edwards had 14 for 92 yards) and picked up a couple of key first downs with his running.

“I’ve been saying all week, I know what kind of player he is,” said Chargers safety Derwin James, who faced Jackson in college when Louisville played Florida State. “He’s a great player. Everybody saw it today.”

The Ravens team that showed up here Saturday night could be a dangerous postseason foe if it gets there. The Ravens can pound the ball all day with Jackson, Edwards and Kenneth Dixon chewing up yardage, and they have plenty of weapons to bail them out should they ever face, oh, 4th and 29.

(Charger fans of long standing, feel free to wince at that reference.)

Not all of Jackson’s throws were elegant. Some sailed over receivers’ heads, bounced at their feet or whistled several yards to the left or right. But the 68-yard pass play to Mark Andrews for a score early in the third quarter, an emphatic answer right after Melvin Gordon had scored to put the Chargers on top briefly, was a thing of beauty.

“Think of what a challenge it was for Lamar to come out here and win this game,” coach John Harbaugh said. “This is a really good (Chargers) defense. It’s an 11-3 team coming into this game, a team fighting for the division out here, playing a very important game with a lot of rest and a lot of time to prepare for this offense and for him.”

(Um, if you think the Ravens didn’t have that scheduling inequity on their minds, that quote should have just disabused you of that notion.)

“They did a good job defending him,” Harbaugh added. “But he handled himself with great poise … We’re learning it’s not too big for him. He came to the sideline on (one) rollout pass, and the reason he didn’t throw it away was that he was thinking about the clock. That’s a veteran move right there. That’s pretty impressive.

“He’s playing great football his way, his style, and our guys have done a great job adapting. Look at our receivers. Look at the job they’ve done adapting to a different style and how well they’re playing, making plays when they have to make plays.”

Jackson and his progress represent one issue for the Chargers. Another is the way their defense bottled up and frustrated Philip Rivers, who was 23 of 37 for 181 yards, was sacked four times, had two interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 51.7.

“You force him to hold the ball a bit (with coverage), because he doesn’t want to throw an interception there,” Harbaugh said. “Guys are covered so he holds it. That combination is a combination we’re looking for.”

Baltimore also did something it hadn’t done all season. The Ravens were minus-7 in turnover differential in their first 14 games, but besides the two interceptions they forced the most important fumble of the night. Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor poked the ball loose from Antonio Gates after an 11-yard reception, and cornerback Tavon Young scooped it up and returned it 62 yards for an insurance touchdown with 2:40 left in the game.

“That’s huge,” veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “We’re finally cashing in. We had opportunities early in the season to get turnovers and we just didn’t get them. But now it’s more important than ever.”

Baltimore is now 9-6, tied with Tennessee for the second wild-card spot (with Indianapolis at 8-6), and hovering right behind AFC North leader Pittsburgh (8-5-1), which plays at New Orleans today.

And now preparation time won’t be an issue for them.

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