Chargers make it lucky number 13

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers
Tomlinson doesn't torch the Raiders, but he does score two touchdowns on the day.

LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t rush for over 100 yards on the day, but the end result was the same. Tomlinson scored two touchdowns rushing and helped the Chargers (4-3) defeat the Raiders (2-5) 24-16–extending their winning streak over the silver and black to 13 games in over six seasons. The streak the Chargers are on is the longest active NFL streak of one team’s dominance over another.

Most disappointing for the Raiders was their inability to stop Philip Rivers on third down. Rivers and the Chargers converted seven of their 11 third downs for a 63% conversion rate. Rivers was 16-25 for 249 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the day, but more importantly he was rarely pressured and only suffered one sack for the game.

Embattled Raiders’ quarterback, JaMarcus Russell, wasn’t as fortunate as his counterpart on the Chargers. Rarely was Russell not pressured and he was sacked five times on the day, two by Shawne Merriman. Russell ended the day passing 14-22 for 109 yards, with one interception.

It was Russell’s only interception that started the Chargers on their way to the victory. Russell, throwing to an area where Louis Murphy was behind Zach Miller, ended up being picked off by Antonio Cromartie.

Miller, leaping to make the catch, couldn’t reach the high pass. The pass sailed over his head and into the waiting arms of Cromartie who had been covering Murphy. Murphy, who fell on the play when he attempted to block Cromartie before the pass reached Miller, was most likely the intended receiver and would’ve been in place to catch the pass if not for the fall.

Russell couldn’t defend the pass play the Chargers had ready for the Raiders. On first and 10 from their own 41, Rivers tossed a bomb that Al Davis would be proud of. Rivers’ pass landed in the hands of Malcom Floyd 53 yards down field at the Raiders’ six yard line. On the next play, Tomlinson would take it in from the Wildcat formation.

The Raiders were unable to move the ball, going three and out on their following two drives, until Chris Johnson picked off a dropped pass from Vincent Jackson and returned it to the Chargers’ 27 yard line. Justin Fargas would cap the 27 yard, seven play drive with a three-yard touchdown score to tie the game. The touchdown ended a nine quarter drought spanning two-plus games.

Tied 7-7, the Raiders’ defense wasn’t able to stop Rivers and the Chargers. Touchdowns would be the result of the Chargers’ next two drives. Of the 20 plays it took to score two touchdowns, only four of them were on third down–which were all converted for first downs or resulting in a touchdown. The two drives ate up 11:05 of the second quarter and gave the Chargers a 21-7 lead.

The Raiders were able to get a late-half field goal from Sebastian Janikowski, thanks in large part to a 60-yard return by Jonathan Holland. Holland, who had not been able to get past the 25 yard line much this season on kickoffs, finally got loose to get the Raiders to the 37. It would’ve been a touchdown score had kicker Nate Kaeding caught the speedy receiver from behind.

The field goal left the Raiders trailing 21-10 going into the locker room at the half. That would be too much for the Raiders to come back from in the second half.

In the second half, the defense would tighten up and only allow one field goal by the Chargers, but the offense stalled every time they were able to get the ball across the fifty. With two minutes left in the game, and the Raiders trailing by eight, Russell got behind center at the San Diego 44 on first and 10.

He was sacked, fumbled, and after recovering the ball, the Raiders were faced with a second and 23. Khalif Barnes, filling in for Cornell Green at right tackle, was called for a false start and the Raiders were moved back another five yards. If that weren’t enough, Russell was sacked after the penalty for a loss of three yards, setting up a third and 31 play. After an 11-yard pass to Miller to make it fourth and 20, Russell passed it to Johnnie Lee Higgins, who attempted to bat it into Darrius Heyward-Bey’s hands, but the ball fell incomplete.

Justin Fargas led all rushers with 59 yards on 18 carries and Sebastian Janikowski nailed all three of his field goal attempts.

Next up for the Raiders will be a home game against the Chiefs in two weeks.

FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
Raiders 0 10 3 3
Chargers 7 14 0 3

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Next Game: Raiders – 11/15 vs. KC | Chargers – 11/08 vs. NYG
Team Statistics
Raiders Chargers
Time of Possession 29:31 30:29
First Downs 13 20
Rushing 8 8
Passing 5 11
Penalty 0 1
3rd-Down efficiency 5-13-38% 7-11-64%
4th-Down efficiency 1-2-50% 0-0-0%
Red-Zone Efficiency 1-2-50% 3-4-75%
Goal-To-Go Efficiency 1-1-100% 2-3-67%
Total net yards 180 346
Total plays 54 56
Average gain 3.3 6.2
Net yards rushing 99 100
Rushes 27 30
Average yards per rush 3.7 3.3
Rushing TDs 1 2
Net yards passing 81 246
Completed-attempted 14-22 16-25
Average yards per pass 3.0 9.5
Passing TDs 0 1
Sacked-yards lost 5-28 1-3
Had intercepted 1 1
Return Yardage 174 100
Punts-returns 1-9 3-17
Punt-Return TDs 0 0
Kickoffs-returns 5-145 3-67
Kickoff-return TDs 0 0
Interceptions-returns 1-20 1-16
Interception-Return TDs 0 0
Field Goals Made 3-3-100% 1-1-100%
Extra Points Made 1-1-100% 3-3-100%
Two-Point Conversions Made 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Penalties-yards 6-31 5-40
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Own-Recovered-yards 1-0 0-0
Own-Recovered-TDs 0 0
Opp-Recovered-Yards 1-0 0-0
Opp-Recovered-TDs 0 0
1st Quarter
TD 11:13 LaDainian Tomlinson 6 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick)
Plays: 2 | Yards: 59 | Time: 0:55
2nd Quarter
TD 13:40 Justin Fargas 3 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick)
Plays: 7 | Yards: 27 | Time: 3:35
TD 6:09 Vincent Jackson 8 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick)
Plays: 12 | Yards: 78 | Time: 7:31
TD 0:54 LaDainian Tomlinson 10 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick)
Plays: 8 | Yards: 80 | Time: 3:34
FG 0:11 Sebastian Janikowski 48 yd FG
Plays: 4 | Yards: 7 | Time: 0:43
3rd Quarter
FG 9:09 Sebastian Janikowski 41 yd FG
Plays: 8 | Yards: 29 | Time: 4:24
4th Quarter
FG 12:39 Sebastian Janikowski 28 yd FG
Plays: 11 | Yards: 43 | Time: 6:25
FG 4:43 Nate Kaeding 28 yd FG
Plays: 1