Initially, it was a hard-fought battle between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on Monday night, but the Chargers managed to pull away with a 22-16 victory in the second half.
Philip Rivers was San Diego's only hope on offense, throwing for 231 yards and a touchdown. San Diego's running game collected just 32 yards, forcing Rivers to step up and lead his team to victory.
Oakland, on the other hand, looked strong early, but costly turnovers and miscues caused the Raiders to fall apart in the second half. The biggest story of the night was the loss of Oakland long snapper John Condo to a concussion, which resulted in the Raiders using LB Travis Goethel as a replacement. Unfortunately, Goethel's lack of experience snapping the ball resulted in a blocked punt and loss of field position on several botched snaps.
The good news for Oakland, however, was the performances of Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden. Palmer threw for one touchdown pass and 297 yards, while McFadden was equally efficient running the ball and catching passes. Obviously, these two are in sync, but it wasn't enough to get them the win. Also, Oakland's defense was impressive in stopping the Chargers' running game from getting going at all.
Overall, it was just another heated rivalry between the Chargers and Raiders on Monday Night Football.