Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers Full Report Card Grades for Oakland

In the same stadium where the Oakland Raiders played their last postseason game as the AFC Champion in Super Bowl 37, they clinched a 2017 playoff berth in a 19-16 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s football life came full circle after the final buzzer. He endured that Super Bowl loss with the 2002 team. On Sunday, his leg contributed 12 points in field goals, including a 44-yarder with 2:40 left in the game that put the Silver and Black in the lead for the win.

Janikowski deserves a game ball for his long-suffering commitment and the ability to go 4-of-4 in a postseason-clinching contest. At times, the Raiders offense moved the ball efficiently but committed turnovers or stalled in Chargers territory. The all-time leader in games played as a Raider remained steady and delivered in the clutch.

Clearly, quarterback Derek Carr has an issue with his finger. He continued to take snaps out of the shotgun or pistol formation and struggled with ball placement. 

Despite Carr’s struggles and Latavius Murray’s two uncharacteristic fumbles, the Raiders defense held firm. Oakland only allowed six points in the second half and didn’t allow any hope for a late comeback on the final drive. Pass-rushers Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack forced a final three-and-out with intense pocket pressure, which led to poor throws and an interception.

There’s some concern about Carr and the limitations for the offense in the shotgun or pistol formation, but the defense has shown the ability to limit opposing offenses with timely turnovers. As of late, they've also clamped down on the opponent in the second half.

Eventually, Carr must find his rhythm to propel his team to the Super Bowl. However, with defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and safety Karl Joseph on the mend, the Raiders could have a defense that’s capable of offsetting offensive lapses in a low-sco...

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