If the Chargers were to go three-and-out on that drive, the Raiders would get the ball back in excellent field position and the thousands of Raiders fans in attendance would go wild.
"They looked like they had as many fans as us," Chris Chambers said.
QB Philip Rivers
The play kept alive a drive that lasted 15 plays and eight minutes. Nate Kaeding capped the drive with a 28-yard field goal to give the Chargers an eight-point lead, leaving Oakland time for only one drive to try to tie the game.
"I think Chris' catch was the biggest play of the game," Rivers said. "It was one catch for 20 yards, but to me that play right there allowed us to get going on that drive. If not, we're punting backed up."
Chambers needed a big play like that after getting out to a rocky start this season. He had his worst game of the season the week prior in Kansas City, where he dropped two passes, and lost his starting job this week to Malcom Floyd.
Chambers, who has been a full-time starter since 2002, is not happy about his move to the bench. But, as demonstrated by his big play against the Raiders, he is not going to let that affect his performance.
"It's been a weird year for Chris trying to get involved," Rivers said. "He's not getting the production he's used to getting, or that he'd like to get. But for us, it can be any guy on any week.
"It was Legedu [Naanee] in Week 1. It's been Vincent [Jackson] a bunch, and it's been [Antonio] Gates. Today, Chris came up with the big play. The guys have such a great approach and really care for one another. As a quarterback, it's fun to work with a group like that."
It is especially fun using a group like that to work the Raiders. Rivers hit on 16 of 25 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown to improve to 8-0 in his career against the Raiders. The streak of eight straight wins over one team for a quarterback starting his career is the third longest in NFL history.
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