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Raiders 19, Chargers 16

Dec. 18, 2016
Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA

STAR OF THE GAME
Sebastien Janikowski kicks a 44-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, and Oakland (11-3) holds off San Diego (5-9) to clinch its first playoff berth since 2002. The 17-year veteran also makes kicks from 45, 33 and 21 yards to help propel the Raiders back into first place in the AFC West, coupled with Kansas City's loss to Tennesse earlier in the day. Janikowski has made 16 of his last 17 field-goal attempts. k

KEY STATS
On the Raiders' winning drive, Latavius Murray has a 27-yard run and Derek Carr completes a 22-yard pass to Seth Roberts before Sebastian Janikowski kicks the go-ahead field goal from 44 yards with 2:40 remaining.
Safety Reggie Nelson seals the Raiders victory when he intercepts Philip Rivers on fourth down at the San Diego 28 and returns it 15 yards to the 13 with 1:37 remaining. Time expires after three kneel downs by Derek Carr.
The Raiders' Derek Carr is 19 of 30 passing for 213 yards and a TD with an interception. Carr's 13-yard scoring pass to Michael Crabtree with 22 seconds left before halftime is first ruled incomplete but reversed after replay shows Crabtree has both feet down before tumbling out of the end zone.
The Raiders beat the Chargers for the fourth straight game despite having turnovers in the red zone on successive possessions in the first half. Latavius Murray loses a fumble at the San Diego 9 late in the first quarter and on Oakland's next possession Derek Carr is intercepted by Trovon Reed at the 6.
Oakland defensive end Khalil Mack does not have a sack for the first time in nine games. Linebacker Bruce Irvin has two sacks, five solo tackles and a forced fumble against the Chargers.
The Chargers' Philip Rivers is 17 of 30 passing for 206 yards with two TDs and an interception. He drops to 14-8 in career starts against the Raiders.

THEY SAID IT
"I can't even describe my words man. It feels so special. I waited a long time for that."

Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski
on being back in the playoffs

"I was very excited, very joyful, looking around the stadium and seeing our fans just going crazy. When we come to San Diego, our fans turn it into a home game. We always think we get nine home games a year."

Raiders QB Derek Carr

"It was a road game. It was just like being in Oakland. Except there were more people."

Chargers QB Philip Rivers

BY THE NUMBERS
2: Consecutive Raiders victories over the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Oakland had dropped 10 of its previous 12 road games against San Diego
2: Raiders penalties for 15 yards. Oakland had a league-high 122 penalties through the season's first 13 games.
6-1: The Raiders' road record this season, tying a franchise record for most road wins set in 1974 and equalled in 1976.
145: Oakland rushing yards on 29 carries against San Diego. The Chargers enter the game ranked sixth against the run, allowing 91.9 yards. Latavius Murray leads the Raiders with 81 rushing yards on 13 carries.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Raiders earn their first playoff berth in 14 seasons on the same field where they played their last postseason game. Oakland lost 48-21 to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII at Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 23, 2003.
With their fourth staright win over the Chargers, the Raiders lead the series 63-50-2, including 1-0 postseason.
The Chargers are 3-14 against AFC West opponents the past three seasons.

Updated: 12-18-2016