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Final: Chargers 24, Raiders 21

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at 4:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    People that try to criticize pryor’s completion % yesterday need to keep several things in mind.

    If you consider the following then what pryor did is truly exceptional.

    1. The offense that pryor was running yesterday was only thrown together for him this week by knapp. Knapp and allen have admitted they did not have an offense for pryor all year long. The fact that pryor could make knapp look good with 3 tds on the board is amazing.

    2. Pryor did not have practice all year long!!!! he did not even receive an even split with first team practice this week!!!! The fact that he ran the team without procedure penalties or huddle issues with less than a week of practice was truly remarkable. The fact that he knew his asignmnets and where single coverage was for most of his drop backs flies in the face of what allen tried to sell us with “he is not ready”.

    3. There were at least 6 passes that hit targets in the hands and were flat dropped!! What was very impressive was his ball placement and touch. Example chargers where in a zone dhb was out wide pryor dropped back went to dhb on the second read who was running a post to the numbers. The corner had dropped of dhb as dhb broke toward the middle of the filed and the safety was bearing down on him. INstead of pryor throwing the ball and leading dhb into the safety, pryor lofted the ball toward the to dhb;s outside shoulder. This allowed dhb to turn his body and avoid the on coming blast from the safety and the ball hit dhb right in the hands!!! Dhb dropped it but this is called throwing a receiver open, a skill that pryor evidently has walked in with.

    Im sorry i see no reason to keep palmer.

    Pryor with less than week of practice posted 3 tds on his own. he was cam newton only far more mature.

    Imagine how good he would have looked if he had been practicing with the ones since 4-5 weeks ago like i suggested.

    Get us a coach that can build a scheme around pryor’s talents and join the space age offensive explosion we are seeing around the leuge.

    By the way kappy, wilson rgIII, wave of the future qb’s option offense play offs!!!

    WE HAVE OUR OWN WAVE OF THE FUTURE QB AND HE CAN BE EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THE OTHERS!!!

  • hwnrdr

    That story is now tweted by NFL.com

  • Dakota

    Raiders 2013 Home Opponents

    The Raiders face the Tennessee Titans in Oakland for the first time since a 40-35 Raiders win in 2004. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which dates backs to 1960, 23-19. The Titans were known as the Houston Oilers from 1960-1997.

    The Raiders host the Jacksonville Jaguars for the second time in two years. The Raiders came away with a 26-23 OT win October 21, 2011. The Jaguars lead the all-time series 4-2. The teams first met in 1996 in Oakland.

    The Washington Redskins travel to Oakland for the first time since a 34-13 win over the Raiders in 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series 7-4, which began in 1970, and defeated the Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII after the 1983 season.

    The Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time since a 13-9 Raiders win in 2009. The all-time series, which began in 1971, is tied at 5 wins apiece. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV after the 1980 season.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Oakland for the second time in two years. The Raiders lead the all-time series 11-9 after logging a 34-31 win in 2011. The two long-time rivals first met in 1970 and have been involved in some of the most memorable games in NFL history.

    The Kansas City Chiefs lead the all-time series 53-50-2. The teams first met in 1960 when the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans. The Raiders won the last meeting in Oakland, 15-0, only the second Raiders shutout of the Chiefs in the history of the series.

    The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1960 when the San Diego Chargers were based in Los Angeles, 57-47-2. The Chargers won the last meeting in Oakland, 22-14, on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

    The Raiders lead the all-time series against the Denver Broncos, which began in 1960, 59-44-2. The Broncos won the last meeting in Oakland, 26-13, on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.

    Raiders 2013 Road Opponents

    The Raiders will make their first ever appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium and their first visit to Indianapolis since 2004. The Colts faced the Raiders in Oakland in 2010. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1971, 7-5.

    The Raiders travel to Houston for the first time since defeating the Texans 25-20 the weekend Owner Al Davis passed away in 2011. Houston leads the all-time series, which began in 2004, 5-2.

    The Raiders will make their first appearance at MetLife Stadium when they face the Giants for the first time since 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1973, 7-4.

    The Dallas Cowboys host the Raiders for the first time since Thanksgiving 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1974, 6-4.

    The Raiders travel to New York to take on the Jets for the first time since 2006. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1960 when the Jets were known as the Titans, 21-15-2.

    The Raiders have won 6 straight games over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium dating back to 2007. In 2012, the Raiders defeated the Chiefs 26-16.

    The Denver Broncos snapped a 4-game home losing streak to the Raiders with a 37-6 win over the Silver and Black at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2012.

    The San Diego Chargers snapped a 2-game losing streak at home to the Raiders with a 24-21 win in the 2012 season finale.
    _________

    Well, at least we don’t play in miami.

  • LA to TheBay

    Knapp fired?? COOL.

    About 30 weeks too late though.

  • The_Judge37

    2445.Raider Riff Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:52 am
    Pryors receivers dropped 25% of the balls that hit their hands yesterday.

    Yet all anyone can do is blame the QB. SMH.

    —-

    A lot of them were not great throws and some bad timing, but yea if it hits your hands gotta make the Catch. Moore, DHB, Streater, Reese all had some bad drops

  • Marks hair

    Greg jennings is an ideal fa.. cant imagine reggie not calling him.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Tarver knew what he was doing when he said Norv was the best play-caller of all time…

    Planting the seed..

  • hwnrdr

    Still waiting official confirmation before I go off and celebrate!

  • Gdog

    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?)

    Some of these teams have a strong defense (NY, Balt, Pit) some do it with offense only (NE, NO, GB) but there is only two constants.

    Find a franchise QB and HC, AND STICK WITH THEM!

    Thats why I laugh at all the two-bit GMs here pounding their fists on the ground to get rid of Palmer, and DA.

    Thats the WORST way to build a franchise.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Marks hair Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:55 am
    Greg jennings is an ideal fa.. cant imagine reggie not calling him.

    —-

    Like a glove.

    But might be too pricey for us.

  • dr_robert

    Too many idiots allowed on this blog.

    FIRE MARK DAVIS NOW!

  • DJ Johnny

    2421.Thec Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:45 am
    I am all for continuity however, DA really isnt that good.

    To keep him for continuity sake would mean another losing season.

    Why continue down this path of insanity?

    So that the media won’t look at us as being different anymore and will like us.

  • DKnight007

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000119904/article/report-oakland-raiders-expected-to-fire-greg-knapp

    ^^^^^
    Bout time. McK better not let Tits DA alone hire the next OC either.

    Hire the guy who will go back to a power, trap, counter, pulling run blocking system and has an explosive pass attack who knows how to run an effcient screen game and utilize the strengths of his players skills.

  • The_Judge37

    Going to Dallas might be cool, might check that game out

  • John David Booty

    John David Booty Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:41 am
    Gdog Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:18 am
    Will the first person who truly believes in his heart and mind that Dennis Allen is the BEST man for this job please stand up?

    I hear the arguments to keep him. They just arent very convincing.

    >>>>

    The coaching carousal ended when Al died. Sorry. Allen may not be a great coach (too early to tell) but no team builds a franchise by firing HCs every season. I hope DA lasts three season regardless of record.

    Name a perennial playoff team that fires their HC every season… I will wait.

    tap tap
    ———————————-
    Allow me to retort:

    “The coaching carousal ended when Al died.”
    False. It is a fact that the very FIRST thing GM Reggie McKenzie did when he was given the job was fired the previous Head Coach for “his guy”. So, the 1st point, you just made up.

    #2 “Allen may not be a great coach”
    Thats exactly the point Im making. After a full training camp, pre-season, and regular season of evaluating him and his mistakes, I do not at all feel confident that he is a GOOD coach, let alone great. Ive given reasons as to why, stats, records, pointed out scenarios. I have valid reasons for MY opinion, which brings me to

    #3 “no team builds a franchise by firing HCs every season.”
    I agree with this. And I never stated anything that Im in disagreement with this. I dont believe in hiring and firing a coach every year. I believe in giving a coach time IF he shows enough to build upon. And to me, sorry, Dennis Allen hasnt done it. You say that you HOPE DA gets 3 years REGARDLESS of W-L record. Wow. Well, sorry, I just cant subscribe to that line of thinking. So, even if he goes 4-12 again in 2013, you STILL want to see him back for continuities sake? I cant agree, sorry.

    #4 “Name a perennial playoff team that fires their HC every season… I will wait.”
    I cant. I never tried to, so that wasnt my point. Perennial playoff teams usually ALREADY have a good HC. So, why would they fire and hire another coach? I dont get that one. Why compare Raiders to perennial playoff teams? We’re not one, and we dont have a good head coach. Thats my whole point for wanting to get rid of the guy we have. Not because I dont believe in continuity. I love continuity. DA is just not a guy who has shown me sh!t. It is what it is.

    Not a Hue head, but if HE wadnt good enough, Dennis Allen definitely isnt.

    We faced 2 rookie head coaches this season. Philbin for Miami and Schiano for the Bucs. Both of those teams improved over last season. Both of those teams smashed us this year. And going through the roster, neither of those teams have “superior” talent to us. So, sorry, Dennis doesnt have a lot of excuses. People dont want to compare Colts turnaround cause they got Luck, Ok fine. But Schiano made the Bucs 7-9 his first season, after they were 4-12 last season. 7-9 isnt playoffs, but its improvement. THAT merits more time. Dennis Allen took an 8-8 team to 4-12.

    I dont believe Dennis Allen is the best man for the job, I believe that we can upgrade the HC position, and thats just where it stands.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Norv will be our OC.

    Book it.

  • JB

    Hoffman should be on that FIRED list too!

  • Dakota

    J Hill Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:53 am
    Dakota,
    You could always by a Mac.
    Not having any problems.

    _________
    Damn Dell computer!!!!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    knapp shouldve never freakin happened….

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    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.

  • The_Judge37

    2457.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:55 am
    Tarver knew what he was doing when he said Norv was the best play-caller of all time…

    Planting the seed..
    —–

    He also said Peyton Manning was “unstoppable” a few weeks ago, maybe we might have a legit replacement for Palmer…

  • Thec

    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?)

    Some of these teams have a strong defense (NY, Balt, Pit) some do it with offense only (NE, NO, GB) but there is only two constants.

    Find a franchise QB and HC, AND STICK WITH THEM!

    Thats why I laugh at all the two-bit GMs here pounding their fists on the ground to get rid of Palmer, and DA.

    Thats the WORST way to build a franchise.

    +++++++===

    At this point you have neither.

    1. palmer is average, will never win a playoff game.
    2. DA is not very good.

  • dr_robert

    The wave of the future is floating ducks.

    FIRE MARK DAVIS NOW!

  • Marks hair

    Cork please…. this thing eats all my posts and wont load right after we go over 2000 posts.. give us a new thread.. we dont need a story

  • ray_d

    Please tell me they have also fired the Special Teams Coach, this unit was crap all year long.

  • J Hill

    LB coach????

    LOL

    Proof that ALL the LBs stunk!!!!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:58 am
    2457.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:55 am
    Tarver knew what he was doing when he said Norv was the best play-caller of all time…

    Planting the seed..
    —–

    He also said Peyton Manning was “unstoppable” a few weeks ago, maybe we might have a legit replacement for Palmer…

    —-

    Zing.

  • dr_robert

    Missdick thinks he watched an nfl caliber qb on Sunday.

    FIRE MISSDICK’S MOM NOW!

  • Thec

    Question, how long is it going to take the org to get to 8-8????

    2 years

    3 years

    5 years???

  • DennisAllensVisor

    OC – Norv Turner
    OL – Tony Sparano

    Power Scheme at its finest.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Dakota is always looking out for you

    ————————- True Dat

    How do I see the presser with DA oh sage one?

    Help a brother out.

  • Marks hair

    Next up hoffman and pollack…get the fuz out!!

  • ray_d

    If DA decides to keep Hoffman…… then DA should be fired because he has no clue.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Romonowski for LB coach.

  • dr_robert

    Missdick and priest are actually both fangs trying to make people think blacks are retarded.

    FIRE FANGS NOW!

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    DKnight007 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:56 am
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000119904/article/report-oakland-raiders-expected-to-fire-greg-knapp

    ^^^^^
    Bout time. McK better not let Tits DA alone hire the next OC either.

    Hire the guy who will go back to a power, trap, counter, pulling run blocking system and has an explosive pass attack who knows how to run an effcient screen game and utilize the strengths of his players skills.

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

    Hopefully, we stick with the ZBS and just hire better guys to implement it.

  • Gdog

    At this point you have neither.

    1. palmer is average, will never win a playoff game.
    2. DA is not very good

    >>>>>

    You didn’t read the post did you? The Ravens don’t have a great QB either, but they keep making the playoffs every year with Flacco.

    Did you see them fire 5 coaches in 4 years and have a turnstyle at QB before this??

  • hwnrdr

    So who is firing this staff? DA? Then DA gets fired by Reggie?

  • dr_robert

    Rex Ryan keeping his job cuz he was smart enuff to when a duck throwing qb isn’t starting material.

    I’m convinced now.

    FIRE DENNIS ALLEN NOW!

  • The_Judge37

    2484.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:03 am
    Romonowski for LB coach.
    ——

    Screw that, Romo for Strengh coach and training staff. Let’s get Burris on some “Natural” Supplements

  • eldiabs

    Greg Knapp and 3 other coaches fired by Raiders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reported

  • DKnight007

    2453.Dakota Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:53 am
    Raiders 2013 Home Opponents

    The Raiders face the Tennessee Titans in Oakland for the first time since a 40-35 Raiders win in 2004. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which dates backs to 1960, 23-19. The Titans were known as the Houston Oilers from 1960-1997.

    The Raiders host the Jacksonville Jaguars for the second time in two years. The Raiders came away with a 26-23 OT win October 21, 2011. The Jaguars lead the all-time series 4-2. The teams first met in 1996 in Oakland.

    The Washington Redskins travel to Oakland for the first time since a 34-13 win over the Raiders in 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series 7-4, which began in 1970, and defeated the Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII after the 1983 season.

    The Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time since a 13-9 Raiders win in 2009. The all-time series, which began in 1971, is tied at 5 wins apiece. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV after the 1980 season.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Oakland for the second time in two years. The Raiders lead the all-time series 11-9 after logging a 34-31 win in 2011. The two long-time rivals first met in 1970 and have been involved in some of the most memorable games in NFL history.

    The Kansas City Chiefs lead the all-time series 53-50-2. The teams first met in 1960 when the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans. The Raiders won the last meeting in Oakland, 15-0, only the second Raiders shutout of the Chiefs in the history of the series.

    The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1960 when the San Diego Chargers were based in Los Angeles, 57-47-2. The Chargers won the last meeting in Oakland, 22-14, on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

    The Raiders lead the all-time series against the Denver Broncos, which began in 1960, 59-44-2. The Broncos won the last meeting in Oakland, 26-13, on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.

    Raiders 2013 Road Opponents

    The Raiders will make their first ever appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium and their first visit to Indianapolis since 2004. The Colts faced the Raiders in Oakland in 2010. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1971, 7-5.

    The Raiders travel to Houston for the first time since defeating the Texans 25-20 the weekend Owner Al Davis passed away in 2011. Houston leads the all-time series, which began in 2004, 5-2.

    The Raiders will make their first appearance at MetLife Stadium when they face the Giants for the first time since 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1973, 7-4.

    The Dallas Cowboys host the Raiders for the first time since Thanksgiving 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1974, 6-4.

    The Raiders travel to New York to take on the Jets for the first time since 2006. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1960 when the Jets were known as the Titans, 21-15-2.

    The Raiders have won 6 straight games over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium dating back to 2007. In 2012, the Raiders defeated the Chiefs 26-16.

    The Denver Broncos snapped a 4-game home losing streak to the Raiders with a 37-6 win over the Silver and Black at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2012.

    The San Diego Chargers snapped a 2-game losing streak at home to the Raiders with a 24-21 win in the 2012 season finale.
    _________

    Well, at least we don’t play in miami.

    ^^^^^^^
    Me and some friends and relatives a mix of Raider and Cowboy fans will be taking that trip to Dallas for that game. Been hearing great things about that Dallas Stadium and the strip clubs in Dallas as well.

  • LA to TheBay

    2481.jesusraiderjim Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:02 am
    Dakota is always looking out for you

    ————————- True Dat

    How do I see the presser with DA oh sage one?

    Help a brother out.

    ——

    CSN may stream it. If not, radio should have. Either 95.7 the Game or go direct to Raiders.com and then go to Media Vault.

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    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???

  • eldiabs

    KNAPP FIRED KNAPP FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    If there was ever a HC that DESERVED to be fired, Smiling Titty Boy would be him.

    If there was ever an OC that, without doubt, HAD to be fired Krapp would be him.

    If Reggie doesn’t break his leg off kicking Krapp’s ass out the door (and Smiling Titty Boy’s too, if he protests), then there’s something really seriously wrong with this franchise – and it’s simply not worth supporting any longer.

    Anyone buying into Krapp needing another year and supporting his return is out of his phucking mind.

    TERMINATE WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    quack stupidest post of the day zbs…..

  • zopi

    Junior’s presser at 11:30, we’ll know Krappy’s faith.

  • Thec

    Gdog Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:03 am
    At this point you have neither.

    1. palmer is average, will never win a playoff game.
    2. DA is not very good

    >>>>>

    You didn’t read the post did you? The Ravens don’t have a great QB either, but they keep making the playoffs every year with Flacco.

    Did you see them fire 5 coaches in 4 years and have a turnstyle at QB before this??

    +++++++++=

    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.

  • The_Judge37

    Me and some friends and relatives a mix of Raider and Cowboy fans will be taking that trip to Dallas for that game. Been hearing great things about that Dallas Stadium and the strip clubs in Dallas as well.

    ——

    I heard Parking’s B!tch, even more than usual game day lots