The San Diego Chargers needed a lot of help to keep their playoff hopes alive in the AFC wild-card hunt, but the first order of business was handling the pesky Oakland Raiders at home, which they did by a score of 26-13.
Philip Rivers threw for 201 yards and a touchdown while Ryan Mathews rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown for San Diego (8-7), which has won three straight games. Nick Novak kicked four field goals and the Chargers defense held Oakland to just 13 total points, including three in the second half.
Matt McGloin passed for 206 yards and Andre Holmes had 71 yards receiving on five catches for Oakland (4-11), which has lost five straight games. Rashad Jennings led the Raiders rushing attack with 45 yards and Darren McFadden had the team's only touchdown.
Oakland had a 7-3 lead at one point during the second quarter, but Mathews found the end zone from seven yards out to give San Diego the lead. The Raiders tied the game before halftime on a 20-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski as the Chargers committed three turnovers.
The Chargers scored 13 unanswered points in the second half courtesy of a Keenan Allen touchdown and two field goals from Novak. Oakland failed to generate a comeback in the second half and allowed the rival Chargers to even the score in the series this season.
Miami and Baltimore suffered losses on Sunday, which means San Diego is officially still in the hunt for a wild-card berth.