Chargers close Raiders out, 34-10

With the Kansas City Chiefs winning earlier in the day, the Chargers had to keep the pressure on. A 34-10 victory pushed the Raiders to elimination from playoff contention and pushed the Chargers to 8-4, their fifth win in a row.

Oakland opened the scoring on the first drive of the game with a 37-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski. It was matched by a 41-yard kick through the uprights from Nate Kaeding on the ensuing possession.

After safety Clinton Hart, getting snaps in place of Terrence Kiel, caused LaMont Jordan to fumble deep in Raider territory, Drew Brees hit Antonio Gates in the back of the end zone for a touchdown from nine yards out. It was originally ruled that Gates bobbled the ball before landing out of bounds but San Diego challenged the call on the field and were rewarded with a 10-3 lead.

Oakland tied the game with a strike from Kerry Collins to Courtney Anderson from 16 yards out. Anderson made the reception with Randall Godfrey in tight coverage. The drive was setup by a 34-yard reception from Randal Williams over the middle.

The Raiders had scored just one touchdown in the first half of the last five games.

The Bolts methodically marched down the field, using nearly all of the seven minutes left in the half to take a seven point lead. The 13-play, 72-yard drive was capped off with a two-yard touchdown run by Michael Turner.

Janikowski attempted a 61-yard field goal that had the distance but went wide right as time expired to end the half.

The Chargers opened up a 14-point lead in the third quarter on a five minute drive that was capped by a pass from Brees to Eric Parker from a yard out. Brees was 4-for-4 for 25 yards on the drive.

San Diego tacked on three more to start the fourth quarter, a 27-10 lead, on a 32-yard field goal.

Hart intercepted a Collins pass in the fourth quarter and ran it back 70 yards for a touchdown to increase the lead to 34-10.

Lightning Quicks:

It has been three years since there has been no enforced penalties in the first half of a football game, until Sunday when the Chargers and Raiders played flag-free ball.

For the game only one penalty was called – and it was on the Chargers.


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