OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After too often finding themselves on the wrong end of close games a year ago, the Oakland Raiders have thrived in those situations this season.
Derek Carr and the Raiders found a new way to win Sunday, using a go-ahead, fourth-down 21-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree and a botched hold on a potential tying field goal to beat the San Diego Chargers 34-31 .
“Guys have a lot of confidence because we work really hard especially in those situations,” Carr said. “We spend a lot of time throwing routes, spend a lot of time going over coverages, spend a lot of time in two-minute drills, end of game situations. You hang our hat on we’ve done this before. Let’s be confident when we get on the field.”
After using a late 2-point conversion to win the opener, stopping a late Tennessee drive in a Week 3 win and using a late score and defensive stop to beat Baltimore last week, the Raiders (4-1) survived against the Chargers (1-4) to post their first three-game winning streak in five years.