Chargers Botch Short Game-Tying Field Goal With 2 Minutes Left

Bryan Brandom
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The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers appeared to be headed for either overtime or a final-drive win on a two-minute drill helmed by Derek Carr on Sunday.

But it never got that far.

After blowing an eight-point third quarter lead and falling down by 10, the Chargers had a chance to tie the game going to the two-minute warning. All they had to do was connect on a 36-yard field goal.

But kicker Josh Lambo never got that chance.

That's sixth-round draft pick and rookie punter Drew Kaser utterly botching a good pitch from long snapper Mike Wendt.

Both teams threw the ball all over the field in Oakland's 34-31 victory—Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns; the Raiders' Carr for 317 and two scores—but mistakes made the difference. San Diego turned it over four times, twice on picks and twice on fumbles, to Oakland's lone interception from Carr.

The Chargers are 1-4, with all four losses coming by less than a touchdown. With the Raiders win and a Denver Broncos loss, the two teams are tied for the AFC West lead at 4-1.

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