Raiders 10

(4-8, 2-4 away)

Chargers 34

(8-4, 4-2 home)

8:30 PM ET, December 4, 2005

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 3 7 0 010
SD 3 14 7 1034

Top Performers

Passing: K. Collins (OAK) - 236 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (SD) - 25 CAR, 86 YDS

Receiving: R. Moss (OAK) - 7 REC, 74 YDS

Brees throws 2 TDs as Chargers blow out Raiders

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It isn't even close anymore, this rivalry between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

But hey -- at least it's clean.

It was over when ...
San Diego defensive back Clinton Hart returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown to make the score 34-10 with 6½ left in the game.
Game ball goes to ...
Drew Brees. Efficient as ever, Brees was 17-of-22 for 160 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. Over the course of the season, Brees has really learned how to use all of his weapons on offense.

Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes and LaDainian Tomlinson bounced back from an injury scare as the Chargers ran their winning streak to five games and brightened their playoff hopes with a 34-10 win Sunday night.

The most amazing thing, though, was that there was only one penalty -- against the Chargers, not the Raiders, the NFL's most-penalized team.

"I cannot remember the last time I coached a football game in the NFL that there was only one penalty," said San Diego's Marty Schottenheimer, who's in his 19th full season as a head coach and improved to 25-7 against the Raiders. "That is absolutely remarkable, and unfortunately we had the one."

Chargers center Nick Hardwick was whistled for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter. Oakland's Fabian Washington was called for illegal contact, also in the third quarter, but it was declined.

"You could have made a lot of money betting that," Schottenheimer said about the Raiders' clean slate. "I couldn't believe it."

The Chargers (8-4) pulled within one victory of the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos.

The Broncos lost 31-27 at Kansas City, which is tied for second place -- as well as the last wild-card spot -- with the Chargers. The defending division champion Chargers beat the Chiefs 28-20 on Oct. 30, and the teams will play again in Kansas City on Dec. 24. The Chargers will host Denver in the season finale on Dec. 31.

Of course, San Diego must still play at undefeated Indianapolis, on Dec. 18.

The Raiders (4-8) lost their fifth straight to the Chargers. Oakland is 0-5 in the AFC West.

"We've been able to get up on them and just continue to pound them and pound them," Brees said. "I think we know that if we go out and play our game and execute that that should be the result."

San Diego got a scare when Tomlinson came out with a rib injury late in the second quarter. After talking with the team's medical staff on the sideline, he jogged to the locker room, accompanied by a doctor, with 22 seconds left before halftime.

A few seconds later, Michael Turner ran in from the 2 to put the Chargers ahead 17-10.

Tomlinson was back for the start of the second half, carrying on the Chargers' first two plays. He finished with 86 yards on 25 carries.

"He wanted to finish but I decided it was time to give Michael a few shots," Schottenheimer said.

San Diego safety Clinton Hart, subbing for the injured Terrence Kiel, put the game away when he intercepted Kerry Collins' pass and returned it 70 yards for a score with 6:29 to play. Oakland didn't get its first first down of the second half until that drive.

"Their defense took control in the third quarter," Collins said. "They forced us three-and-out and put pressure on the quarterback."

The Chargers had gone up 24-10 on Brees' 1-yard throw to Eric Parker in the third quarter. Brees was 4-for-4 for 49 yards on the 13-play, 57-yard drive.

Nate Kaeding added a 32-yard field goal. He kicked a 41-yarder in the first quarter.

Brees was 17-of-22 for 160 yards with no interceptions. He was coming off one of the worst games of his career, when he threw three interceptions and was just 22-of-44 for 215 yards and no touchdowns in a 23-17 overtime win at Washington.

Keenan McCardell became the 13th player in NFL history with 800 catches, reaching the milestone with an 8-yard reception late in the second quarter.

The Chargers' first touchdown came courtesy of instant replay.

Tight end Antonio Gates caught a 6-yard pass from a scrambling Brees before falling out of the back of the end zone early in the second quarter, but the nearest official ruled that he was juggling the ball.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer threw his red flag, and, after reviewing the play, referee Bill Vinovich ruled it a score, giving San Diego a 10-3 lead.

That drive was set up when Hart forced LaMont Jordan's fumble, which was recovered by Randall Godfrey at the Oakland 34.

The Raiders came right back as Collins picked apart the Chargers' defense on a crisp eight-play, 67-yard drive, capping it with a 16-yard TD throw to tight end Courtney Anderson to tie it at 10.

Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Game Notes
Mike Scifres' 71-yard punt in the first quarter tied for third-longest in Chargers history. Paul Maguire, who had the longest punt in club history, 82 yards in 1962, broadcast the game for ESPN.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1619
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6062
Total Yards291274
Yards per play4.94.4
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

oakFG11:37Sebastian Janikowski 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yds, 3:16
sdFG8:53Nate Kaeding 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 37 yds, 2:32
sdTD11:21Antonio Gates, 6 yd pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 39 yds, 10:52
oakTD7:04Courtney Anderson, 16 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yds, 3:59
sdTD0:22Michael Turner, 2 yd run (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 70 yds, 6:32
sdTD4:59Eric Parker, 1 yd pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 53 yds, 7:28
sdFG13:36Nate Kaeding 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 51 yds, 9:10
sdTD6:45Clinton Hart, 70 yd interception return (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 70 yds, 4:04