Chargers vs. Raiders live score, updates, highlights from NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ game

The Raiders and Chargers have followed nearly identical paths this season, and neither has been ideal.

Las Vegas fired Josh McDaniels after a 3-5 start, climbed back to .500 and has since dropped to 5-8. Los Angeles started 2-4, climbed back to .500 and has also fallen out of the playoff conversation at 5-8. A coaching change may be in store for the Chargers as well in the coming weeks. 

The biggest storyline entering the “Thursday Night Football” matchup between these AFC West rivals is the absence of Chargers QB Justin Herbert, who is set to miss the remainder of the season. Herbert has never missed a start due to injury, but that will change when former fifth-round pick Easton Stick makes his first NFL start in Las Vegas.

MORE: What to know about Chargers QB Easton Stick’s roots

While the Chargers should be at a disadvantage with Stick having so little in-game experience at the NFL level, the Raiders are dealing with quarterback uncertainty of their own. Interim coach Antonio Pierce declined to commit to rookie Aidan O’Connell as his starter during the week, days after a 3-0 loss to the Vikings.

Whether it’s O’Connell or the veteran Jimmy Garoppolo under center for Las Vegas, offense might be hard to come by against a Chargers defense that taken positive steps even as the team has spiraled.

Both of these teams could look very different in 2024, and a loss on Thursday night might expedite some of those changes as the offseason approaches.

MORE: 8 best candidates to replace Brandon Staley if Chargers make a change

The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Chargers vs. Raiders on “Thursday Night Football.” Follow along with all of the key moments below.

Chargers vs. Raiders score

  1 2 3 4 F
Chargers 0 0
Raiders 21 21

Chargers vs. Raiders live updates, results, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’

(All times Eastern)

End of first half: Raiders 42, Chargers 0

9:55 p.m. — The Chargers will head to the break down by 42. Los Angeles’ defense looks inept against a Raiders offense playing without Josh Jacobs and with a majority backup offensive line. This next half might be Brandon Staley’s last as the team’s head coach. 

Raiders 42, Chargers 0

9:51 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — O’Connell had all the time in the world to throw, and he took advantage. It’s a touchdown for Tre Tucker to put the Raiders up by 42. An unreal first half on every level.

9:47 p.m. — Terrific effort by Ameer Abdullah to get a few extra yards, though the call of a first down is reversed and gives the Raiders 3rd & 1 well into Chargers territory. Las Vegas is in field goal range. 

9:45 p.m. — Austin Ekeler is stopped short of the first down marker, and Gerald Everett was offsides anyway. That’s the kind of night it’s been for the Chargers.

9:42 p.m. — The Chargers will go for it on 4th & 1, because what else can you do? Two minutes until halftime. 

Chargers 35, Raiders 0

9:36 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — What a call by the Raiders! Brandon Bolden takes a direct snap and runs into the end zone untouched. Mayer wasn’t touched on Las Vegas’ previous TD. It’s been that kind of night for the Chargers’ defense. 

9:34 p.m. — Davante Adams goes for 24 yards on a pass from O’Connell, and the Raiders follow it up with a Jakobi Meyers pass to Adams for nine. This offense is pulling out all of the stops tonight.

9:29 p.m. — Stick throws incomplete on third down, so it’ll be another punt for the Chargers down 28.

9:27 p.m. — Look who’s making an impact: Quentin Johnston finally gets on the board with a 17-yard grab to turn a 2nd & 22 into a 3rd & 5.

Raiders 28, Chargers 0

9:22 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — No one was even near Michael Mayer, who was able to waltz into the end zone. The Raiders are up by 28 after putting zero on the board last week. 

9:18 p.m. FUMBLE — The Chargers lose the ball AGAIN. Derius Davis gets stripped on the punt return, and the Raiders instantly have it in the red zone with a chance to go up by four touchdowns. 

9:17 p.m. — The Raiders go nowhere on their drive, so the Chargers’ defense is starting to show some life. Los Angeles will get the ball back.

9:12 p.m. — Stick comes under pressure and throws incomplete on third down. The Chargers will punt again. 

9:09 p.m. — Stick hits Stone Smartt for a first down, which isn’t a sentence Chargers fans were hoping to ever hear this season.

9:04 p.m. — Abdullah gets eight yards, but the Raiders aren’t in a position to go for it on 4th & 2. They will punt it away for the first time tonight.

9:02 p.m. — O’Connell comes under heavy pressure on second down, so it’ll be 3rd & 10 for Las Vegas with a chance for the Chargers to turn this into solid field position if they can get the stop.

End of first quarter: Raiders 21, Chargers 0

8:57 p.m. — Stick gets crushed by former teammate Jerry Tillery on third down to end the first quarter. The Chargers will punt, and they’d like to forget that quarter ever happened.

8:56 p.m. — Gerald Everett stiff arms his way to a first down for the Chargers. LA remains in its own territory. 

8:55 p.m. — It might feel like piling on at this point, but it’s worth noting Brandon Staley comes from a defensive background. The Chargers’ defense, like it has for much of Staley’s tenure, looks lifeless tonight.

8:54 p.m. — The Chargers fumble again but recover…that could have been another mess.

Raiders 21, Chargers 0

8:49 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Wow! A perfect throw by O’Connell, and a terrific diving catch by Jakobi Meyers for the Raiders’ third touchdown of the night. Three possessions, two set up by turnovers, and 21 points for Las Vegas after getting shut out last week.

8:46 p.m. FUMBLE — What a disaster for the Chargers. Joshua Kelley loses the football on the kick return, and Los Angeles has now committed two turnovers 11 minutes into the game. 

8:42 p.m. — The call is confirmed, and the Raiders lead by 14.

Raiders 14, Chargers 0

8:39 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — O’Connell is dropping dimes! He puts it right into Tre Tucker’s arms in the end zone, and the Raiders are in full control already. With the way the Chargers’ offense has played, this will be a serious uphill battle for Los Angeles. The play is under review.

8:38 p.m. — Michael Mayer helps the Raiders pick up a big first down, taking Las Vegas into Daniel Carlson’s range.

8:36 p.m. FUMBLE — Malcolm Koonce comes in and knocks the ball free from Stick. The rookie Tyree Wilson recovers, and the Raiders will take over with a chance to work their way into field goal range.

8:34 p.m. — Stick has settled in a bit, hitting Jalen Guyton and Gerald Everett for back-to-back first downs. 

Raiders 7, Chargers 0

8:28 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — After Michael Mayer sets up 1st & Goal, the Raiders drive it in on a run by Zamir White! They didn’t score last week, but it’s already 7-0, Las Vegas.

8:25 p.m. — O’Connell got the job partly because Jimmy Garoppolo couldn’t get the ball to Davante Adams, and now O’Connell connects with Adams for a big 24-yard gain. The Raiders are in the red zone after getting shut out last week.

8:22 p.m. — Ameer Abdullah pushes forward for the first 1st down of the night.

8:21 p.m. — Aidan O’Connell goes for it all on 2nd & 2, but Tre Tucker didn’t gain enough separation from Michael Davis. 

8:20 p.m. — Zamir White, filling in for Jacobs, gets started with an impressive 8-yard run. 

8:18 p.m. — The Chargers work it to 3rd & 3, but Stick’s third down pass to Gerald Everett falls incomplete. The Raiders force a quick three-and-out. We could see a few of those tonight.

8:15 p.m. — The Chargers will start with the ball, so Stick will get an opportunity right away.

7:45 p.m. — Unlike some of this season’s notable backup quarterbacks, Easton Stick isn’t a rookie. In fact, he’s waited almost five full years for the opportunity to start. 

7:15 p.m. — The job status of Chargers coach Brandon Staley is one of the major storyline entering tonight’s game, but it feels as though the franchise would’ve made a change already is a firing was coming midseason. Win or lose, Staley is likely on his last legs in Los Angeles.

6:45 p.m. — Easton Stick won’t have a whole lot to work with in his first NFL start. Could this be rookie Quentin Johnston’s opportunity for a breakthrough?

6:20 p.m. — There were a few notable injury updates before tonight’s game, with Keenan Allen and Josh Jacobs both out but Raiders stars Davante Adams and Maxx Crosby slated to play. 

Chargers vs. Raiders start time

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 14
  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET (5:15 p.m. PT)

Thursday night’s game between the Chargers and Raiders will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. 

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What channel is Chargers vs. Raiders on today?

  • Game: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 14
  • TV channel (Los Angeles): KTTV (Channel 11)
  • TV channel (Las Vegas): KNTV (Channel 13)
  • Live stream: Amazon Prime Video | DAZN (in Canada)

Thursday’s clash between the Steelers and the Patriots will air exclusively on Amazon Prime outside of the Pittsburgh and Boston local markets. Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Kirk Herbstreit (color analyst) will be on the call from Acrisure Stadium, while Kaylee Hartung will offer her musings as a sideline reporter.

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Viewers in Los Angeles can watch the game on KTTV (Channel 11), while viewers in Las Vegas can watch on KNTV (Channel 13). 

Audience members in Canada can stream it on DAZN, which carries every NFL game of the season.

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