Rivers rallies Chargers past Raiders
Rivers answered a pair of go-ahead scores by Oakland by leading two touchdown drives and
This might have been the toughest one of the bunch.
“One thing I know is no team in this league can practice 2-minute situations as much as we do,” Rivers said. “It’s a little different executing it on Murphy Canyon Road as it is in Oakland. … I said: ‘Well, we’ve done this a million times, let’s go score. All we need is three.”‘
Rivers was six for seven for 79 yards on the winning drive before Sproles silenced the crowd with his run up the middle. This marked the
“Our football team played its guts out and didn’t finish the game,” coach Tom Cable said. “That’s the bottom line.”
They took a 13-10 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard field goal by
But the two last drives were the reason why the
“People talk about quarterbacks that handle pressure, that respond and lead their teams from behind,”
Russell nearly had overcome a rough night with that one pass to Murphy. Russell was 12 for 30 for 208 yards and two interceptions, including one on a desperation heave following Sproles’ TD.
Oakland got a big boost from Seymour, who arrived from New England two days ago and didn’t even go through a full practice with his new team. He sacked Rivers twice in the first half and helped Oakland keep longtime nemesis
Tomlinson, who averaged 119 yards rushing per game against Oakland coming into the game, managed only 55 on 13 carries and rolled his ankle. But Sproles helped out with two long kickoff returns, five catches for 43 yards and the winning touchdown.
“It was like two completely different games with what we did in the beginning and those last two drives,”
With the offensive line creating big holes,
Oakland was on the wrong end of a replay review at the end of the half, when an apparent 19-yard touchdown pass to Murphy was overturned because the ball came loose as he hit the ground. Oakland settled for a 37-yard field goal by Janikowski with 40 seconds left.
“By definition in our rule book, he’s going to the ground and has to maintain possession of the ball throughout the entire act of the catch,” referee Carl Cheffers told a pool reporter. “And in this case, he lost possession and the ball hit the ground. Therefore, it’s incomplete.”
Sproles returned the ensuing kickoff 59 yards, setting up
Tomlinson’s lost fumble in the first quarter was his first since Oct. 22, 2006, against Kansas City. … Former first-round pick