2,547

Final: Chargers 24, Raiders 21

The Raiders closed the books on a 4-12 season Sunday by rallying from a 17-point deficit only to fall 24-21 to the San Diego Chargers before 66,486 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

A blocked punt by Coye Francies, recovered by Kaelin Burnett, helped set up Terrelle Pryor’s second touchdown pass, a 5-yard flip to Denarius Moore with 1:52 to play.

San Diego’s Michael Spurlock, who opened the scoring with a 99-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff, then recovered an onsides kick with 1:51 to play. The Chargers then killed the clock to finish 7-9.

San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers threw touchdown passes of 11 yards to Antonio Gates, 34 yards to Danorio Alexander and Nick Novak kicked a 30-yad field goal as the Chargers finished 7-9.

Pryor, in his starting debut, broke an 10-quarter touchdown drought with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey in the second quarter and had a 3-yard touchdown run with 7:43 left and the Raiders trailing 24-7.

Pryor, however, struggled with his passing and didn’t get a lot of help from his receivers, with at least three dropped passes plus some other opportunities where the throws were off-target but still could have been caught.

Pryor completed 13 of 28 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown, and one costly interception by Quentin Jammer in the end zone on a first-half pass with too much loft intended for Heyward-Bey. He also ran for 49 yards on nine carries, mostly on scrambles rather than designed runs.

If there was a turning point from the Raiders, it came after Pryor directed a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive that resulted in the touchdown pass to Heyward-Bey.

Pryor had a 10-yard pass to Rod Streater and a 17-yard completion to Brandon Myers, both on the move, and got the Raiders to the 9-yard line with an 8-yard scramble before the touchdown with 12:11 left in the quarter.

When the Raiders most needed a stop, San Diego embarked an epic 14-play, 81-yard drive that took 9:23 on the clock before Rivers threw the touchdown pass to Gates.

Included on the drive was a 6-yard run by upback Eric Weddle out of punt formation out of fourth-and-1, as well as 5-yard defensive penalties on the Raiders for encroachment (Tommy Kelly) and offsides (Lamar Houston).

Oakland’s second touchdown came after an eight-play, 76-yard drive which included one of the few long-distance hookups Pryor managed all day, a 38-yard strike to Streater to the San Diego 3-yard line.

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  • DennisAllensVisor

    zopi Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:08 am
    Junior’s presser at 11:30, we’ll know Krappy’s faith.

    —-

    What about his fate though..

  • RaidO

    DA hired Knapp. DA should be FIRED to.

    FIRE DA!!!!

  • eldiabs

    KNAPP was the worst and let’s remember DA and RM stood by him because they believed in him and they CHOSE HIM!11! That shows inability to recognized the obvious and that’s scary

  • Dakota

    2470.Back-n-Black Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:58 am
    Victor Cotto ‏@cottovic

    Oakland #Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp will not be back in 2013. Two more offensive coaches are gone & LB coach Johnny Holland.

    ——-

    They deserved to be fired….but Dennis Allen deserved to be fired too.

    Shame we have to waste another year with this guy.

    Zero progress in 17 weeks of football.

    Maybe a good OC will save him. Hue led the 2010 team to 8-8 even with Cable as the titular HC.

    Dennis Allen, the 2013 Titular HC….kind of fitting.

    Hire Norv as OC now!

    And if Hoffman keeps his job, Reggie needs to be fired for stupidity.

  • dr_robert

    Fire Dennis Allen Reggie and mark Davis. Hire al davis Jon gruden Tom Flores and missdick.

  • RaidO

    He hired Kanpp.
    He lied about TP.
    The defense did not improve.
    Raiders had a 4-12 record.

    FIRE DA!!!!!!

  • The_Judge37

    2502.RaidO Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:10 am
    DA hired Knapp. DA should be FIRED to.

    FIRE DA!!!!
    ——

    Not his fault, it wasn’t his 1st choice, or even his 5th. He was denied several times to interview who he really wanted.

    I tell this to my kids when complaining about their mom all the time, even they understand it.

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:07 am
    quack stupidest post of the day zbs…..

    ========================================

    Please explain why you think angle-blocking is superior to zone-blocking. Be specific.

  • Born with a Patch

    Knapp should be canned by the end of the day. Tarver didn’t do a great job but had alot of practice squad talent to work with. I say we replace Knapp with Tressel! Give Pryor some comfort in the Tressel type system and let him grow. He has the tools, he needs the backing. Everybody can agree that Palmer is not a long term solution, he was a reach to save last season. If we hadn’t spent so much on getting him, he’d prob be gone already. What you guys think? Rid Knapp, Keep Tarver and get him some NFL caliber players and hire Tressel

  • The_Judge37

    2508.RaiderDuck Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:07 am
    quack stupidest post of the day zbs…..

    ========================================

    Please explain why you think angle-blocking is superior to zone-blocking. Be specific.
    ———-

    Because 3 or our best players excelled in it. McFadden, Veldheer and Wiznewski.

  • dr_robert

    Ur all idiots. Ur moms are to blame.

    FIRE UR MOMS NOW!

  • John David Booty

    Gdog Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:56 am
    If you look at all the perennial playoff teams in the NFL right now, there are only TWO constants… everything else is nearly random.

    1. They put a franchise QB in place and STICK WITH HIM.
    2. They put a headstrong HC in place AND STICK WITH HIM.

    Nothing else matters. This isn’t rocket science.

    GB, NY, NE, Balt, NO, Pitts (ok, they faultered a bit this year but does anyone expect these two teams to not be back?)
    ————————————–
    I agree with finding a GOOD head coach and sticking with him, just like those teams did.

    GB. Mike McCarthy 1st season 2006: 8-8
    GB record previous year: 4-12

    Bill Belichicks 1st season vs DAs has been discussed on this blog AD NAUSEAUM, not in DAs favor either, feel free to backtrack.

    Balt. Harbaugh 1st season: 11-5
    Balt record previous year: 5-11

    PITT Mike Tomlin 1st season 2007: 10-6
    Previous season: 8-8

    Dennis Allen: 4-12
    Previous season: 8-8

    Those teams found good coaches and stuck with them.

    Youre right, thats what we should do. Find a good coach, and stick with him. Let me know when we find a good coach.

    Dennis Allen is not McCarthy, Belichick, Harbaugh, or Tomlin.

    Or Jackson, or Cable for that matter.

    Dennis aint got “it”.

  • ray_d

    Dear Knapp, you are worthless and insufficient

    You are fired. You failed to meet last year offensive standards.

    We have all suffered in silence throughout your reign, but we will no more.

    Please do not ask for a reference because you don’t deserve one.

    We will truly appreciate your quick departure.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    John David Booty Says:
    Allow me to retort:
    ==================================================

    Quoting Jules?

  • dr_robert

    Dumbest fans ever. Ur all fired!

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie can’t fire DA this season because he will need a scapegoat to fire NEXT season after the Raiders finish 6-10.

    Sad but true.

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:13 am
    2508.RaiderDuck Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:07 am
    quack stupidest post of the day zbs…..

    ========================================

    Please explain why you think angle-blocking is superior to zone-blocking. Be specific.
    ———-

    Because 3 or our best players excelled in it. McFadden, Veldheer and Wiznewski.

    ============================================

    Designing an offense around Darren “SOMEONE SNEEZED ON ME AGAIN! I’LL MISS ANOTHER FIVE GAMES” McFadden?

    Risky, at best.

  • http://www.redfrognetworks.com 0ak r8rs

    KNAPP FIRED AND 3 OTHER POS COACHES!! hopefully Pollard and especially Hoffman are 2 of the 3!!!!

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:14 am
    John David Booty Says:
    Allow me to retort:
    ==================================================

    Quoting Jules?

    ============================================

    What does Marcellus Wallace look like?

  • The_Judge37

    I want Knapp to apologize to Reggie like Stan Marsh had to do to Jesse Jackson

  • The_Judge37

    2519.RaiderDuck Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:16 am
    Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:14 am
    John David Booty Says:
    Allow me to retort:
    ==================================================

    Quoting Jules?

    ============================================

    What does Marcellus Wallace look like?
    —-

    What?

  • Thec

    How many years will it take DA to reach an 8-8 record ad HC?

  • Priesttj12

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:33 pm
    Im just saying if u were to see Pryors post game interview this kid has some desire. It really doesnt matter what I say or ppl on this board say. This kid has all the potential.

    He said he wants to work on specific mechanics.. He wants a bunch of the offensive guys together in teh weight room this offseason then working on the Practice field to form a bond. Said he lost his father and Palmer has been a Mentor/ Father figure to him. Said Palmer help get him ready with game film and six pages of notes.

    During the interviw NORV TURNER inturupted and told PRYOR .. “KEEP GRINDING KID” .. . “KEEP GRINDING” even Norv witnesses a kid who is hungry. U think he would have gave a shyyt if he didnt think Pryor had something??
    ************************************
    This is what I noticed postgame more than anything. The opposing coach was more complimentary of our QB than his OWN COACH. Norv knows QB’s better than any coach in this league. He went out of his way to seek out Pryor and congratulate him. He even tried to call him but Pryor didn’t know who was calling.

    I brought this up after the game, Norv has made it clear he wants to be an OC. I think he knows he’s not a HC now. I really believe this is one place based on what he saw yesterday he wuldn’t mind coming to. I think if he were to come to Oakland that would be one of a few circumstances that Pryor could get along well if Palmer were to leave.

    If Al Saunders and Norv Turner were to coach Pryor it would be the best scenario for a young developing player could ever hope for.

    Another thing I want to keep Tarver as DC whether DA stays or not he made way too many strides of late. I love what I saw from a less than talented defense yesterday they were well coordinated and played with passion. We just need more talent there. The rest of the coaches can all stuff it. DA included…

  • realtruraider

    The Scurvy fk has walked the plank! AYE!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    FIRE EVERYBODY..DO AWAY WITH THE SHIELD,GO WITH LIGHT BLUE & PINK AS TEAM COLORS..ANYTHING ELSE ?

  • John David Booty

    Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:14 am
    John David Booty Says:
    Allow me to retort:
    ==================================================

    Quoting Jules?
    —————————
    Guilty

  • hwnrdr

    RaiderDuck Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:07 am
    Hwnrdr Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:04 am
    So who is firing this staff? DA? Then DA gets fired by Reggie?

    ========================================

    For the ninety-ninth time, DA IS NOT GETTING FIRED.

    What the heck is wrong with you people???

    I know, was being sarcastic…

  • Gdog

    I had to go back and re read it to make sure i did not miss anything.

    I will stick with my origibal comment.

    1. palmer is average.
    2. DA is not good.

    I have allways been for continuity however, if the goal is to win a SB you NEVER win with these 2.

    If you want to build the franchise as you say, then you will go in another direction regarding both.

    >>>>>

    You obviously have reading comprehension problems then.

    If the goal is to be a perennial playoff team, there is a blueprint that all teams stick to.

    You find a franchise type QB and stick with him, and you find a headstrong HC and stick with him.

    If fans had their way in NY, Coaghlan would have been fired right out of the chute, a coaching carousel would have ensued, and there would almost certainly be two less SBs. Eli isn’t that great of a QB either… in fact he’s a lot like CP. The difference is he can get hot in the playoffs… this team never gets to the playoffs because WE KEEP FIRING COACHES!!

  • The_Judge37

    2517.RaiderDuck Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:15 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:13 am
    2508.RaiderDuck Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:07 am
    quack stupidest post of the day zbs…..

    ========================================

    Please explain why you think angle-blocking is superior to zone-blocking. Be specific.
    ———-

    Because 3 or our best players excelled in it. McFadden, Veldheer and Wiznewski.

    ============================================

    Designing an offense around Darren “SOMEONE SNEEZED ON ME AGAIN! I’LL MISS ANOTHER FIVE GAMES” McFadden?

    Risky, at best.
    —–

    Risky, yes, but worth the gamble. Now explain how it does benifit the regression in our two best linement?

  • Derek

    Greg Knapp, some guy named Holland and 2 additional un-named assistants have been fired.

    I hope DA is next !!!

  • eldiabs

    Sorry to say this but DA really is just an intellectually overmatched hayseed who says the right cliche during interviews which allows him to keep esteem but he really SUX

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    2531,PULP FICTION..

  • RaidO

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    2502.RaidO Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:10 am
    DA hired Knapp. DA should be FIRED to.

    FIRE DA!!!!
    ——

    Not his fault, it wasn’t his 1st choice, or even his 5th. He was denied several times to interview who he really wanted.

    I tell this to my kids when complaining about their mom all the time, even they understand it.
    —————–

    Oh BS! Out of all the coaches and assistant coaches in college and NFL he picked Knapp? GTF out of here with that mess.

  • hwnrdr

    Jerry is saying that Knapp has been fired some time ago…they just haven’t release it yet!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    POST-2521,SORRY

  • Dakota
  • hwnrdr

    And maybe for fear that a division foe will pick him up…LOL

  • http://www.redfrognetworks.com 0ak r8rs

    Did anybody hear me? KNAPP IS GONE. just came over NFL network ticker.

  • dr_robert

    Priest–sorry buddy. Pryor will never be a starting qb in the nfl. Yesterday proved that.

  • Priesttj12

    I’m going to say this and I know it’s going to meet with a lot of acrimony. I really believe that DA and Knapp were trying to set Pryor up to fail. If not for Palmer maybe they even succeed. I don’t think it’s even a question that Pryor knows those two were never in his corner. The only reason Pryor had the success he did have was Palmer took him aside and essentially did Knapp’s job for him. He gave Pryor the tools he needed to succeed he broke down the game film and showed him how to attack them. Once DA and Knapp saw Pryor’s preparedness and leadership they said if we don’t help this kid it’s going to be very clear we didn’t want to. Knapp failed Pryor and DA tried to sabotage him. IOW’s DA did it intentionally and Knapp was just incompetent

  • NGRaiderfan

    I’m not a Pryor hater or lover, but I don’t understand all the hate towards him on this site. We scored 3 TD’s yesterday with him at qb against a decent defense. he went 13/28, that’s not good, but I counted at least 4 drops that were right in WR’s hands. that right there if they make those catches that 17/28, 60% completion rating. plus probably another 30-75 yds. and a couple of those drops were drive killers. We were much more dangerous on 3rd and medium because of pryors legs and ability to extend plays. His ball looked bad, it was his first game in two years and he had 0 snaps with the first team offense until this week. Give him a break, everyone knows 3rd string qbs don’t see snaps in practice. The balls were ugly but they were getting to there intended taerget most of the time. Terry bradshaw threw one of the ungliest balls in the history of the nfl, won 4 super bowls and is in the HOF. Another good stat, 0 sacks, 0 lost fumbles in our own territory setting up scores for the other team. He’s not ready right now, but I think getting more reps in practice and offseason actually practicing with WRs he could be a dynamic qb in the future.

    Have we fired Knapp yet?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    People throwing out coaching names should remember it isnt simply about hiring a coach that has produced with their system.

    This is about getting at least an oc that can do something with the talent we have now!!!

    Guys like moore streetr dhb, ford reece and dmac are enough to cause problems for any defense in the right offense. See 2010-2011 raider offense and hu jack/ suanders.

    Most important is PRYOR. Im sure he has big mack and davis ready for more.

    get an oc that can utilize pryor with all of our speedsters and we could be a 30 point per week offense.

    Case and point. Yesterday suddenly the boootleg action opened running lanes in the interior allowing dmac to run down hill. Dmac should have carried 30 times not 19, he may have been around 100 yards, or even broken a long one.

    Dmac and Pryor compliment one another in a way he and palmer never have.

    We need an oc that can recognize this and implement a system that causes the most stress and hesitation in the defense.

    Did you see the play fake and boot leg td by pryor?!?! he fooled the d end line backer and db!!!

    He put enough on tape that any creative mind will jump at the chance to be an oc here.

    Big mack the onus is on you at this moment. If you dont fire allen (i think you should for his treatment of pryor for one) make sure you hire an oc that builds with pryor as the center peice

    guys like turner and some of the other names i have seen dont teach the offense that pryor should be running, and could only be effective if they are willing to add to thier own playbook the way bevel in seattle and shanahn in washington have done.

    The wave of the future is now wearing silver and black

    impostor fans chew and swallow

  • JB

    Knapp (OC), Hoffman (STC), Pollard (O-Line Asst.) & Holland (LB Asst.) all fired! Well deserved. The first smart thing that DA has done.

  • dr_robert

    Priest–ur either retarded or mentally ill. U really believe all that happened? And u act like u know it. Like u were there. I feel sorry for u pal. U need to see a doctor. Not me. A real one. U have paranoid schizophrenia I think.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Can not find the presser. Anyone??

  • RaiderRockstar

    #18 ranked rush defense, best we have had in 10 years I believe.

    Top 10 next season with DA

    ***

    JFB,

    imagine if we had Kirk Morrison in the middle instead of those clowns Gaither & McClain. We’d be Top 10 already!!

  • DaRaiders022

    Okay folks, Pryor had a decent day at QB. That floater pass has got to go. He did make some good plays and showed that he is an athlete that wants to improve. He should be promoted to #2, with the writing on the wall for Palmer in 2013! DMAC cannot cut back and goes down when the first defender breathes on him! Our D backs are just fkn horrid…no sense for the ball, and “wait for me” Huff has to go! Hanson should seek employment in the CFL and Mitchell should stay on special teams! Here’s to a better season in 2013!!