View Full Version : Regular season Week 5- Chargers @ Raiders- 10/10/10

08-20-2010, 02:08 PM
Raiders 35 Chargers 27


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Just when it looked as if Philip Rivers would lead another late drive to crush the Raiders, Oakland's beleaguered defense came up with the big play.

Michael Huff knocked the ball out of Rivers' hand and Tyvon Branch returned the fumble 64 yards for a score to help the Raiders snap their 13-game losing streak to San Diego with a 35-27 Sunday over their AFC West rivals.
"That's a heck of a team, and it's been nemesis for a number of years, obviously dating back to 2003," coach Tom Cable said. "They've been the champ. And if you ever want to be that, you've got to beat the champ. So it's just a good win."

It sure didn't come easy. The Raiders (2-3) used two blocked two punts, two long touchdown drives in the second half led by backup quarterback Jason Campbell, and the play at the end by Branch and Huff for their first win over the Chargers (2-3) in more than seven years.

That was the second-longest active streak to Buffalo's 14-game slide against New England. While only a handful of players endured all 13 losses, even the newcomers felt how big an albatross the skid had become.

"It definitely meant a lot, just seeing the guys on the sideline, how hard they were fighting," said Campbell, who replaced an injured Bruce Gradkowski. "The one thing I said was, 'You didn't give up.' And guys said maybe in years past they would have tucked it in, but this time they didn't."

After Michael Bush gave the Raiders a 29-28 lead with a 3-yard TD run with 3:39 remaining, the Chargers were driving, something they did in beating Oakland in the 2009 season opener.

Unable to cover the Chargers' talented receivers, the Raiders blitzed on play after play. Huff beat Darren Sproles and got to Rivers to hit him just before his arm went forward, knocking the ball loose. Branch raced for the score to make it 35-27 with 58 seconds left.

"I knew I had to beat the one on one," Huff said. "I had to beat Sproles. I did that and just got a hand up and luckily I hit his arm. Once I saw Tyvon running I knew he wasn't going to get caught, so I started celebrating."

When referee Clete Blakeman upheld the call on replay, years of frustration were let out by the small but enthusiastic crowd of Raiders fans.

Rivers threw for 431 yards and two touchdowns and Malcom Floyd had a career-high 213 yards receiving, but the Chargers have only themselves to blame for their third straight road loss this season, losing three fumbles deep in Raiders territory.

10-10-2010, 12:56 AM
Gut call - Raiders win this one. Chargers are playing soft.

10-10-2010, 01:06 AM
I think the Chargers start their comeback now. I'll pick SD, but it won't be a blowout. Love to be wrong though.

10-10-2010, 09:56 PM
Wow what a finish! Nice to see Rivers whining to the ref instead of making an attempt to stop the game winning TD return. Reminded me of Knoblauch a few years ago for NYY

10-10-2010, 11:17 PM
Happy to be wrong here. Way to go Raiders.

10-10-2010, 11:59 PM
Happy to be wrong here. Way to go Raiders.

c'mon man, as a Pats fan you should be rooting for the Raiders to lose every game.

10-11-2010, 12:27 AM
First off, folks like Colts01 get my continued Props and Respect for keeping up with the updates on the threads. Nice Work Crew!

I like how the Raiders were able to win it today! They needed that win and should be able to thread more together this year; I know some folks had them winning about 8 games this year but I don't think they will. I see them improving greatly over last year like they are starting to do in games like against the Chargers who are legit. Nice Win.

10-11-2010, 12:48 AM
c'mon man, as a Pats fan you should be rooting for the Raiders to lose every game.

As opposed to the Chargers, who actually do present the option of kicking our a$$es in the playoffs? Besides, I'm a Bay area girl, so they will always get a small amt. of love as long as they pose no real threat to the Pats.