The San Diego Chargers figure that it eventually stops being a "classic" matchup if only one team is doing the winning.
After an awful start, the Bolts overcame a 15-point deficit in Oakland to extend their personal winning streak to 10 against the Oakland Raiders.
LaDainian Tomlinson exploded in the fourth quarter and capped off a San Diego comeback with a 41-yard touchdown run with 1:04 remaining. L.T. picked up 106 yards on 20 carries, victimizing Oakland for the umpteenth time in his Hall-of-Fame-worthy career.
Philip Rivers put up his worst individual numbers of the season, getting picked off twice and muffing a hand-off in his own end zone that resulted in a safety for the Raider defense. Rivers threw for 180 yards on 14 completions and 25 attempts.
However, it was Rivers and the San Diego receiving corps that got the Bolts in position to win a tough, gritty match (through three quarters, anyway) at McAfee Coliseum.
Antonio Gates, Chris Chambers, and Vincent Jackson all had at least one reception over 20 yards in the second half, with Gates catching a nine-yard route early in the fourth quarter for a TD, pulling San Diego within five points.
On the Chargers' next possession, Rivers and Darren Sproles hooked up for a pivotal two-point conversion after L.T. galloped to the end zone after a 13-yard run, pulling the Bolts up 18-15.
San Diego never looked back, and eventually outscored the Raiders 28-3 in the second half.
The Raiders have not beaten the Chargers since 2003 and are 4-11 against LaDainian Tomlinson since he entered the league in 2001.
Whereas San Diego has had four winning seasons beginning in 2004, the Raiders have had zero.
Oakland shot itself in the foot in the second quarter, negating a one-yard TD run by Michael Bush with a holding call that pushed them back to the 11. Eventually, Sebastian Janikowski would kick a field goal to put the Raiders up by 15.
Nate Kaeding missed two field goals, going 2-for-4 on the day. Janikowski attempted a 76-yard field goal at the end of the first half and missed.
The NFL record is 63 yards, shared by Jason Elam and Tom Dempsey.
San Diego will have a chance to make it 11 against Oakland at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 4.
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