Nightmare season for Chargers continues with overtime loss in Black Hole

OAKLAND -- The AFC West still has the San Diego Chargers' number.

The Chargers have not won a game in their division in more than a year and have gone 0-7 during that span.

In possibly the final game for the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum, the Chargers suffered another gut-wrenching loss, this one a 23-20 setback in overtime on Thursday night.

“Our players fought till the bitter end,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get it done.”

San Diego appeared to have the game under control midway through the fourth quarter while up 17-12. However, a 30-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Ladarius Green was called back after replay officials ruled he did not have control of the ball.

The Chargers had to settle for a 48-yard field goal, which kicker Josh Lambo hooked wide left.

Still, San Diego’s defense held firm and forced an Oakland punt.

But the backbreaker came with 5:02 left in the game, when tight end David Johnson caught a pass out in the flat and was stripped of the ball by linebacker Malcolm Smith. Oakland defensive end Benson Mayowa recovered the ball and rumbled 40 yards to the San Diego 3-yard line.

Derek Carr then hit Michael Crabtree on a fade route one play later for a touchdown, and a catch by Seth Roberts for a two-point conversion gave the Raiders a 20-17 lead.

On the ensuing possession, the Chargers marched 53 yards on 11 plays, and Lambo made a 45-yard field goal with under a minute left to force overtime.

The Raiders won the toss and took the ball down the field, settling for a Sebastian Janikowski 31-yard field goal.

On the final possession, Rivers’ pass on fourth-and-3 from San Diego’s 27-yard line fell helplessly to the turf to end the game.

“It’s been the story of the year, just losing close games,” Rivers said. “And it doesn’t make it any easier on us to lose another one like that. We’ve got one more before we reload.”

The Chargers dropped to 4-11 on the year, while the Raiders improved to 7-8. San Diego was swept by Oakland in the season series for the first time since 2010.

Defense gets off of the field: The Chargers did a good job of getting off the field on third down, holding Oakland’s offense to 4-of-15 (27 percent) on the money down. The solid numbers continued a good trend for San Diego, who last week held the Miami Dolphins’ offense to 2-of-14 on third down.

Brown scores: While rookie running back Melvin Gordon had failed to get into the end zone in 14 games this season, Donald Brown scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown on Thursday during his first start of the year. Brown’s score was San Diego’s fourth rushing touchdown this season. Other than that, the Chargers once again struggled to run the football, finishing with just 72 rushing yards.

Rivers makes history: Rivers became the first San Diego quarterback in franchise history to eclipse 4,500 passing yards in three seasons. He finished 31 of 49 for 277 yards with a touchdown pass. Rivers now has 4,564 yards on the year.

Fantasy watch: Danny Woodhead finished with eight catches for 53 yards and 11 rushes for 55 yards for a total of 108 yards from scrimmage.

Ouch: Darrell Stuckey suffered a knee injury in the first half and did not return. Safety Eric Weddle (groin) and cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) suffered injuries in the second half and did not return. Tackle Chris Hairston (abdomen), receiver Javontee Herndon (chest) and guard Orlando Franklin (concussion) also left the game and did not return.