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Raiders vs. Chargers: Instant Grades, Analysis for San Diego

Ryan HeidrichCorrespondent IIDecember 30, 2012

Raiders vs. Chargers: Instant Grades, Analysis for San Diego

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    Final Score: 24-21 Chargers

     

    The end. 

    The end to yet another disappointing San Diego Chargers season is here, along with the end of the Norv Turner era.  

    It was not the season that Charger fans hoped that it would be, but the Oakland Raiders coming to town and starting Terrelle Pryor at quarterback gives the Chargers a chance to win three out of their last four heading into a offseason that will be filled with change. 

    Keep this page open as we provide instant analysis and quarter grades as the Chargers look to send Turner out on a win against division rival the Oakland Raiders. 

Quarterback

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    4th Quarter Grade: B 

    Philip Rivers ended a disappointing season on a high note with a solid performance against division foe. Rivers was consistent throughout the game and that did not change in the fourth quarter. Big changes ahead for the Chargers coming but at least they will have No. 17 back. 

    3rd Quarter Grade: A 

    Philip Rivers is having one of his best games of the season. He continues to make beautiful throws all over the field. If Rivers can make these throws under this kind of pressure, imagine what he could do with a solid offensive line. 

    2nd Quarter Grade: A 

    Rivers continued a great performance in the second quarter. With Gates finally healthy and the offensive line giving Rivers just enough time to make throws it seems that the quarterback/tight end connection is finally showing up. 

    1st Quarter Grade: B

    Rivers looked solid in the first quarter, despite once again being under huge amounts of pressure. Rivers made a wonderful throw to Eddie Royal despite being blasted on the throw. If Rivers can get into a groove he should have no problem picking apart the Raiders defense. 

Offense

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    4th Quarter Grade: A- 

    The Chargers' offense played well in the fourth quarter. They got the job done and ran the clock out in the fourth quarter. It would have been nice to see what this offense could of accomplished with a healthy offensive line. 

    3rd Quarter Grade: A 

    The offense continues to click against the Raiders defense. Danario Alexander continues to have a monster season as the wide receiver has found the end zone seven times in just half a season. 

    2nd Quarter Grade: A 

    Antonio Gates has finally come alive. It is really the impact of the Danario Alexander that has opened up looks for the future Hall of Fame tight end. While the offensive line is not performing well they are capable of giving Rivers just enough help for Rivers to keep this offensive afloat. 

    1st Quarter Grade: B

    The Chargers defense struggled to get going in the first quarter. With the lack of a run game the Chargers are not able to get anything going through the air. They need to find a way to get Jackie Battle going in the second quarter. 

Defense

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    4th Quarter Grade: B- 

    The Chargers defense came up short in the fourth quarter, giving up 14 points to the Raiders. It was a disappointing last quarter for a defense that played really well all season. 

    3rd Quarter Grade: B+ 

    The Chargers defense stepped up in the third quarter. Quentin Jammer got an interception and the front seven did a great job at controlling the line of scrimmage. 

    2nd Quarter Grade: B 

    The Chargers defense gave up a touchdown early in the second quarter. They lost containment on Pyror allowing him to get outside of the pocket, where is much more comfortable. It is time to unleash the young Charger pass rushers and let them get after the Raiders Quarterback. 

    1st Quarter Grade: A- 

    The Chargers did a great job against the Raiders in the first quarter. They did an excellent job at keeping the Raiders contained, forcing them to move the ball inside the pocket. If they can keep constant pressure on Pryor, they should have no problem stopping the Raiders' attack. 

Special Teams

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    4th Quarter Grade: C+ 

    Michael Spurlock came up big again, recovering the Raiders onside kick. However, they would not have needed that play if the Chargers did not have a punt blocked. 

    3rd Quarter Grade: A

    The special team unit had a quiet third quarter but continued their strong play in kick coverage. 

    2nd Quarter Grade: A 

    The special team unit is playing fantastic today. They perfectly executed a fake punt that allowed the Chargers offense to come back onto the field. Special teams play has been a huge improvement this year from years past. 

    1st Quarter Grade: A+ 

    Michael Spurlock not only has won himself special team MVP in my opinion, he has earned his roster spot on next years team. He is exceptionally versatile  in the return game and has shown that he is a valuable part of the offense. 

Coaching

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    4th Quarter Grade: A

    The Chargers got the job done and Norv Turner leaves San Diego on a good note. Even though the Chargers almost blew it, it was a solid performance from a team that did not have anything to play for. 

    3rd Quarter Grade: B 

    Chargers have done an excellent job, dominating the game in basically every aspect of the game. 

    2nd Quarter Grade: B 

    The Chargers continued to look solid against the lowly Raiders. A win in this game and the Chargers finish 2nd in the awful AFC West. 

    1st Quarter Grade: B 

    In Norv Turner's last game of his Charger career his first quarter was decent. The Chargers lead the Raiders but only have a kickoff return for a touchdown and a field goal. So far so good. 

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