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Chargers grind out win vs. Raiders, pull even with Dolphins and Ravens

Eddie Royal, Keenan Allen AP

The Chargers did what they needed to do on Sunday, defeating the visiting Raiders 26-13 in San Diego.

With Miami and Baltimore losing, San Diego (8-7) has now edged into a three-way tie for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

The Chargers host the Chiefs, who have clinched the AFC’s No. 5 seed, in the season finale on Dec. 29.

The Chargers edged away with 13 straight points after halftime. San Diego took the lead for good on a four-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers to rookie wideout Keenan Allen in the third quarter. The Chargers converted 6-of-11 third downs and scored all five red-zone trips in avenging an October loss at Oakland (4-11).

Tailback Ryan Mathews, who rushed for 99 yards on 25 carries for the Chargers, was wearing a medical boot on his left foot after the game, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. According to Gehlken, Mathews went inside the stadium, ostensibly to have the injury examined, but he returned to the game.

The Raiders’ lone touchdown came on a five-yard second-quarter TD run from Darren McFadden. They put together two good fourth-quarter drives, but they resulted in a combined three points.

The Raiders finish their season by hosting Denver next Sunday.

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23 Responses to “Chargers grind out win vs. Raiders, pull even with Dolphins and Ravens”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    I watched Phillip Rivers’ Sound FX the other night, and that dude is awesome. I became a fan because of seeing that.

    I also looked up his career numbers to compare him to Eli, and I came away knowing why Archie didn’t want Eli in SD. Rivers actually has better numbers other than yards, but because Eli was on 2 Superbowl winners he’s considered elite (somehow).

  2. raiderapologist says: Dec 22, 2013 10:16 PM

    detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    I also looked up his career numbers to compare him to Eli, and I came away knowing why Archie didn’t want Eli in SD. Rivers actually has better numbers other than yards, but because Eli was on 2 Superbowl winners he’s considered elite (somehow).
    ——————–
    Maybe it’s because winning Super Bowls is the goal. Unless you’re a Charger fan, of course.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 22, 2013 10:18 PM

    Mike McCoy for Coach of the Year if he wins next week! And I don’t care if they make the playoffs or not, he’s getting my non-counting vote!

  4. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 22, 2013 10:48 PM

    Wow once again the Raiders hire the coordinator..

  5. lance19 says: Dec 22, 2013 10:49 PM

    It was a win-win:
    Archie was right that his his second-best QB son
    (81.3 career passer rating) could never carry a club, and would only be successful on a team with a very good D. The Chargers, on the other hand,
    got the better QB (career passer rating: 95.9…
    [Brady = 95.8 Peyton = 97.0)…
    There’s two entirely different questions here: “Who has 2 Lombardi Trophies?” and who is the better football player?” Both answers are clear-cut.

  6. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 22, 2013 10:49 PM

    Once again the Raiders hire the wrong coordinator

  7. robgilman says: Dec 22, 2013 11:06 PM

    Probably the WORST and most biased officating I have ever seen, and as a Raider fan that is saying something.

    1) Streater’s obvious touchdown catch (plus no call on the facemask)
    2) Clear and bad holding of Holmes in the endzone (no call while Raiders were called for holding all day)
    3) No call for setting up a pick to get Keenan Allen open for a touchdown
    4) Clear video evidence of Jenkins recovering his own fumble on the kickoff, plus questionably knee was down anyways- reviewed and ball awarded to Chargers
    5) The multitude of knit picky drive killing calls all day on the Raiders, while non were called on San Diego

    Another joke of a game. This one made me sick. Even the Charger fans at the bar agreed we were getting screwed. The worst part was they would call these against Oakland in real time, then go back and look at the replay and still come back and say the play stands. I lost all faith and credibility in the NFL today.

  8. natelan says: Dec 22, 2013 11:08 PM

    GO CHARGERS!!!

  9. vetelmo says: Dec 22, 2013 11:17 PM

    The only thing the Raiders are committed to do is lose every year.

  10. heeeeelzfan says: Dec 22, 2013 11:29 PM

    Dangerous team if they get in. To “strategyexpert:” I’ll take Bruce Arians as my Coach of the Year.

  11. dougydougdoug says: Dec 22, 2013 11:32 PM

    raiderapologist says: Dec 22, 2013 10:16 PM

    detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    I also looked up his career numbers to compare him to Eli, and I came away knowing why Archie didn’t want Eli in SD. Rivers actually has better numbers other than yards, but because Eli was on 2 Superbowl winners he’s considered elite (somehow).
    ——————–
    Maybe it’s because winning Super Bowls is the goal. Unless you’re a Charger fan, of course.

    - – -

    You can’t win a SuperBowl if you can’t win in the playoffs. You can’t get to the playoffs if you don’t beat other teams during the regular season. And you can’t beat other teams if you’re the Raiders. Apparently. But maybe I’m just missing something? Maybe they’re on a super-sneaky ten-year deal, trying to hustle everyone else in the league? They’re going to spring their BIG surprise winning season on the AFC come 2014? Perhaps that’s it.

  12. chodetoranto says: Dec 22, 2013 11:57 PM

    The raiders last play of the game:

    Ahahahahahahahahahhaha

  13. 49erfan44 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:19 AM

    The raiders are terrible.

  14. nflfolly says: Dec 23, 2013 1:23 AM

    Mark Davis admit you made a mistake and fire McKenzie this team after 2 years of drafts and signings looks like slop.

  15. mrcosio says: Dec 23, 2013 2:09 AM

    Charger fans have long given up that their team will ever win a Super Bowl so they have to rely on stats and other nonsense to make themselves feel better.

  16. carlsbadboltfan says: Dec 23, 2013 2:09 AM

    raiderapologist says: Dec 22, 2013 10:16 PM

    Maybe it’s because winning Super Bowls is the goal. Unless you’re a Charger fan, of course.

    —————————————————————-
    And the Raider fan’s goal is to hear those wonderful words:

    “And with the 4th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select…”

  17. mpoles says: Dec 23, 2013 5:41 AM

    Can someone explain to me why the Streater catch late in the fourth quarter wasn’t a touchdown? As far as I can see, he caught it at something like the four or five yard line, had two hands firmly on the ball, had clearly established possession, made at least one football move to get into the endzone…

    At that point, isn’t he a runner crossing the plane of the goal? I get the point that the catch rule is that you have to maintain possession throughout the process of the catch all the way to the ground, but surely the “catch” all happened well before he got into the endzone. Had that play been nowhere near the endzone, we’d be applauding the defender for a forced fumble at the end of the play.

    As it is, Streater loses possession something like seven yards after he appears to make the catch. He’s not still “making the catch” at that point, he’s run into the endzone.

  18. therolandobottom says: Dec 23, 2013 9:53 AM

    There was no explanation on the Streater TD called back because the refs had to cover the spread. Others teams get explanations, not the Raiders….Plus, a four team wildcard race is good tv for the NFL. That game was rigged plain and simple. I’ve been watching football for 31 years and as much as I wanted the Raiders to lose for personal reasons, they never stood a chance against that officiating.

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    heeeeelzfan:

    Well if Arians wins against SF and SD loses, then I have no choice but to agree with you! Arians has surprised me this year and he is my second choice right now. Great pick!

  20. txraiderfan says: Dec 23, 2013 2:15 PM

    Disgrace.
    Roger “God”ell is killing the NFL. The refs were told that the Chargers “had” to win. Playoff drama was then created. Otherwise, there could be NO explanation for the Streater TD call. Horrible! This might as well be pro wrestling. Hell, even wrestling is more fair and competitive than that crap yesterday was

  21. rabidboy says: Dec 23, 2013 2:42 PM

    Got that right, txraiderfan, Roger’s legacy is that of creating a NFL driven by lawyers, Vegas and TV ratings.

    The officiating was so one-sided that the Raiders could not have possibly won that game. Why? Because the TV ratings are better when the Chiefs and Chargers have something to play for.

    Until the Raiders are relevant and have something to offer the NFL, in terms of marketing and viewer ratings, then Raiders fans will have to be forced to watch games determined by officials and the NFL.

  22. zeddicuszorander says: Dec 23, 2013 2:53 PM

    Raider fan tears…..must be December.

  23. sanityinsd says: Dec 23, 2013 2:53 PM

    The Chargers played a horrible game…and still won by a large margin. Rivers was way off yesterday missing throw after throw, throwing behind his receivers and coming up waaaay short when he threw his INT. Turnovers nearly did the Chargers in, but the schedule makers ensured them that wouldn’t happen. It helps playing another team that tries, and usually succeeds, in beating themselves.

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