Oakland pouting after loss

It was the fumble caused by Clinton Hart that changed the face of the game and swung the momentum to the Chargers side and Oakland believes they gave the game away

LaMont Jordan didn't attempt to hide his culpability in the Raiders' embarrassing loss to San Diego, citing a first-half fumble and poor pass blocking as primary reasons for the 34-10 defeat.

Jordan fumbled on a perfect hit by San Diego's Clinton Hart, who drove his helmet directly into the ball and popped it free, giving the Chargers a short field. San Diego promptly drove 34 yards for a touchdown and a 10-3 lead.

"It was a terrible feeling, like dropping an infant," Jordan said. "Once that happened, that was it. Those guys (San Diego) just went for it. It all started with the fumble. We had the momentum."

As San Diego took control in the second half, the Chargers rushed quarterback Kerry Collins hard, and Jordan had a difficult time in protection, with San Diego rookie linebacker Shawne Merriman in particular getting the better of him.

"Norv talked about it, you've got to win your individual battles," Jordan said. "I was definitely defeated."

Quarterback Kerry Collins struggled in the second half but did not duck responsibility for the 70-yard interception return by Hart that put the game away in the second half.

"It was a misread on my part," Collins said. "I thought we were hot. I tried to throw the ball quick, but I was wrong."

Tight end Courtney Anderson had run out of the pattern and was just starting to look back at the time Hart intercepted the pass.

"Every week our d-line and linebacker put so much pressure on the quarterback," Hart said. "We knew that if they could do it this week, Kerry Collins was going to overthrow some balls and give the DBs a chance to get their hands on some. Up in Oakland he hit me right in the face with one. I had to make up for it."


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