Final

Raiders 7

(3-10, 2-5 away)

Chargers 34

(5-8, 4-3 home)

Coverage: NFL

8:15 PM ET, December 4, 2008

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 0 7 0 07
SD 10 17 0 734

Top Performers

Passing: P. Rivers (SD) - 214 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (SD) - 25 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: V. Jackson (SD) - 5 REC, 148 YDS, 1 TD

Rivers tosses 3 TDs as Chargers dismantle Raiders

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- LaDainian Tomlinson can still run the ball and his San Diego Chargers finally looked like world-beaters.

It might not matter, though, because the Chargers still need a miracle to get to the playoffs.

Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run against his favorite punching bag and Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Vincent Jackson, to give the Chargers a 34-7 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.

Fast Facts

• The Chargers won their 11th straight vs. the Raiders, the longest active win streak in the league against a single opponent. San Diego's win snapped a season-long three-game skid.

• The Raiders have lost six of seven to fall to 3-10 on the year, securing their sixth straight season with at least 10 losses. The streak is the longest active in the league and tied for the second-longest in league history.

• JaMarcus Russell (9-13, 68 Yards, two interceptions) left the game prior to halftime with an ankle injury and did not return.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

The Chargers beat their archrivals for the 11th straight time in a series dating to the birth of the AFL in 1960.

The Chargers (5-8) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games. Once considered favorites to reach the Super Bowl, they're still in deep trouble, trailing Denver by 2 1/2 games in the AFC West. The Broncos have four to play.

"It was desperately needed but it was one win for us," Tomlinson said. "We don't want to make it more than what it is."

On Sunday, Tomlinson was held to 24 yards, the second-lowest total of his brilliant eight-year career, in a listless 22-16 home loss to Atlanta.

"After the showing last week, I think we wanted to prove to everyone that that wasn't us," said Tomlinson, who's having the worst season of his career. "It's good that it was a short week. We got to show people who we are as a group."

Just Win, Baby?

Thursday's loss marked the sixth straight season the Raiders will finish with 10 or more losses, tying them with the 2001-06 Lions for the second-longest such streak in NFL history.


Most Consecutive 10-Loss Seasons NFL History
Tampa Bay 12 1983-94
Oakland 6 2003-08
Detroit 6 2001-06

San Diego's Darren Sproles caught two TD passes. His 87-yard touchdown on a punt return in the fourth quarter was called back after rookie Antoine Cason was called for an illegal block in the back.

Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell was intercepted twice by linebacker Stephen Cooper and also lost a fumble, leading to 17 points for the Chargers. Russell sprained his right ankle after his second pickoff and didn't return. X-rays were negative, and Russell left the locker room on crutches.

Andrew Walter replaced Russell at the start of the third quarter. Walter was intercepted by Matt Wilhelm late in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders (3-10) reached double digit losses for the sixth straight year. They are 22-71 since being routed by Tampa Bay and former Raiders coach Jon Gruden in the Super Bowl in San Diego on Jan. 26, 2003.

"It's clear that we're not close," cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. "We don't play good football, we don't play sound football. We've been undisciplined. You just wonder how many people care and how many people are upset."

Tomlinson's TD midway through the first quarter was his 137th, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on the career list. He had been tied with Marshall Faulk, who was at the game working for the NFL Network.

L.T. had 91 yards on 25 carries. He has 1,906 career rushing yards and 22 total touchdowns, 19 on the ground, in 16 games against the Raiders. They are his most yards and touchdowns against any opponent.

"I think there are always certain teams that you enjoy playing and you seem to match up well against and seem to have a great game against," Tomlinson said. "I can't explain it."

San Diego Chargers Oakland Raiders

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Three plays into Oakland's first possession, Russell fumbled as he was being sacked by outside linebacker Shaun Phillips, and inside linebacker Jyles Tucker recovered at the 12-yard line. Tomlinson carried three straight times, scoring untouched off left tackle for a 10-0 lead.

Rivers threw an 8-yard TD pass to Sproles early in the second quarter, capping a 15-play, 96-yard drive that took 8 minutes, 29 seconds. Tomlinson and Sproles carried five times each and Rivers had three carries on the drive.

San Diego got the ball back on Cooper's first pickoff. Jackson got behind two defenders and hauled in Rivers' scoring pass down the right sideline to make it 24-0.

Russell was hit by Phillips while passing late in the second quarter and the ball went straight to Cooper, who lateralled to Antonio Cromartie for a 14-yard gain. Russell was hurt on that play.

San Diego's Nate Kaeding kicked field goals of 20 ad 39 yards.

After Kaeding's second field goal, Oakland's Justin Miller returned the kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.

Rivers was 10-of-22 for 214 yards. Jackson had five catches for a career-high 148 yards.

"I'm sick of losing, especially like that," Raiders tight end Zach Miller said. "We never really got going on offense and when we did, penalties and interceptions and fumbles killed us. As an offense we were inept again."

Game notes


The Raiders gained 163 yards, 59 of them in the second half. ... Raiders T Cornell Green left with a knee injury. ... Head linesman John McGrath hurt his right leg midway through the second quarter and missed a few plays while his leg was taped by the Oakland training staff.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Oakland
San Diego
1st Downs918
3rd down efficiency
2-129-18
4th down efficiency
0-12-2
Total Yards163372
Yards per play3.35.5
Total Drives01
Passing109214
Comp-Att
17-3010-22
Yards per pass
3.69.7
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-200-0
Rushing54158
Rushing Attempts
1646
Yards per rush
3.43.4
Penalties6-709-51
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
30
Possession25:4734:13

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Russell9/13685.2021-0
Walter8/17613.6012-20
SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rivers10/222149.7300-0

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fargas12504.208
Bush242.004
SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson25913.619
Sproles9303.3011

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller8648.0021
Higgins22211.0012
SDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson514829.6159
Sproles33411.3218

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROAKSD
FG11:47Nate Kaeding 20 Yd 03
TD08:43LaDainian Tomlinson 3 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTEROAKSD
TD12:58Darren Sproles 8 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick) 017
TD09:02Vincent Jackson 59 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick) 024
FG00:23Nate Kaeding 39 Yd 027
TD00:10Justin Miller 92 Yd Kickoff Return (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 727
FOURTH QUARTEROAKSD
TD07:19Darren Sproles 18 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick) 734