Janikowski leads Raiders to win over Chargers

Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:53am EST
 
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(Reuters) - Sebastian Janikowski made a 31-yard field goal with 8:04 left in overtime, and the Oakland Raiders held on for a 23-20 victory against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night at the O.co Coliseum.

The Raiders (7-8) triumphed in what could have been their final game in Oakland. They are one of three NFL teams expected to apply for the right to move to the Los Angeles area.

The Raiders and Chargers have joined forces for a new stadium in Carson that they would share. The St. Louis Rams are seeking to relocate in the Los Angeles area and build a stadium in Inglewood.

Raiders safety Charles Woodson played the final home game of his 18-year career. On Monday, he announced that he would retire after this season.

The Raiders took the opening kick in overtime and appeared ready to self-destruct, drawing three costly penalties.

However, on second-and-29 from the Oakland 20-yard line, quarterback Derek Carr completed a short pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman drew a 15-yard penalty for his hit on a defenseless player, giving Oakland a first down at the 43.

On third-and-8 from the San Diego 43, Carr completed a 33-yard pass to wide receiver Seth Roberts, giving Oakland a first down at the 10 and setting up Janikowski's chip shot.

The Chargers (4-11) took over on their 20 but were stopped on downs after gaining only 7 yards. Quarterback Philip Rivers' pass on fourth-and-3 fell incomplete, sealing the Raiders' win.

Raiders running back Latavius Murray carried 19 times for 79 yards, giving him 1,033 yards for the season. He also scored on a 22-yard run.   Continued...

 
December 24, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes (18) catches a pass against San Diego Chargers defensive back Greg Ducre (33) during overtime at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports