Asante Samuel Jr.'s clutch pick and Khalil Mack's six sacks save Chargers in win

Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — Las Vegas started the game without its quarterback, and the Chargers briefly saw theirs disappear into the medical tent.

Along the way, the Chargers built an early 17-point lead, eventually gave much of it back, survived another late fourth-down failure and held on for a 24-17 victory at SoFi Stadium.

Justin Herbert suffered an injury to his left hand near the end of the third quarter. He spent several minutes in the medical tent before returning for the Chargers' next possession.

After a three-and-out that included a sack, Herbert returned to the sideline and received additional medical attention while seated on the bench. When he returned to the game, he was wearing a glove on his left hand.

The Raiders were without Jimmy Garoppolo, who was unavailable because of a concussion suffered last weekend. In his place, rookie Aidan O'Connell started, making his NFL debut.

Khalil Mack feasted on the rookie, setting a franchise record with six sacks, two of which resulted in fumbles.


Still, the Chargers were unable to put the Raiders away as their offensive production dried up over the final two quarters.

Their failures included the inability to convert a late fourth-and-one for the second week in a row.

This time, Herbert attempted a sneak from the Charger 34-yard line with 3:30 remaining. He was ruled short and Las Vegas took over.

The Raiders moved to the Chargers' three-yard line, where they had first and goal.


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