The Raiders fell victim to a second-half comeback fueled by confusion and bad calls by the officials.
It was the Chargers' fifth-straight win over the Raiders, and seemed to be the start of something special for San Diego, which would eventually finish 14-2 with several notable comeback victories.
"It seems like it's magical, the way things are happening for us. It's kind of just going right for us," said LaDainian Tomlinson.
More like luck.
The Raiders were victimized by a dropped pass by Eric Parker that was called a catch on fourth down during the Chargers last-ditch, game-winning touchdown drive.
The game also inspired an NFL rule change when Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson caught a diving 13-yard pass on 4th-and-2 from the Raiders' 40. Jackson's subsequent celebratory spike was ruled an illegal forward pass.
The Chargers proceeded to score and extend their winning streak against the Raiders.