Chargers blank Raiders in Oakland

The San Diego Chargers scored on its first three drives and LaDainian Tomlinson topped 100 yards midway through the second quarter in Oakland, shutting out the Raiders by a score of 27-0.

The Chargers capped an 11-play, 51-yard drive with a 47-yard field goal from Nate Kaeding on their first series of the game. Of the ten plays San Diego ran to open the game, nine were rushes and the one pass was a swing from Philip Rivers to LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson touched the ball eight times, accounting for 40 yards.

Running behind a crushing block by Lorenzo Neal and a nice turn outside by Shane Olivea to open round two, Tomlinson cut to the sideline and took it 58 yards to the Oakland eight-yard line to setup the next score. Tomlinson connected from a yard out with his Superman leap over the pile on fourth and goal to put the Chargers up 10-0.

Given new life after Oakland was penalized for running into the kicker on a missed field goal attempt, San Diego would make good when Kaeding's aim was true on a 29-yarder.

After starting the second half with 17 rushing plays and three passes, Rivers finally got a chance to show whether he had an arm – and he apparently does. Rivers fired a bullet to Eric Parker with Warren Sapp bearing down on the middle of his chest for a 38-yard completion to the Oakland seven. He then hit Antonio Gates in the end zone to push the score to 20-0 – his first touchdown as a starting quarterback.

The Bolts would capitalize on a LaMont Jordan fumble inside the Raiders' 15 when Michael Turner scored from a yard out to give the Bolts the final margin of victory, 27-0.

Lightning Quicks:

After each big play, the Chargers honored Steve Foley by mimicking his bull stomp – holding horns up with one hand and sweeping the leg backwards over dirt as a bull does when he is about to rush.

The San Diego defense collected nine sacks on the day.

The last time the Chargers pitched a shutout came on December 19, 2004 in a 21-0 thumping of the Cleveland Browns.

Oakland was last shutout on October 4, 1981 when they lost 17-0 to Denver – the only time in history they had been whiffed at home until Monday.


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