Chargers finish the season at 8-8

By Kenny Gardner

The San Diego Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders by a final score of 38-26 to finish the season at .500, and finish second in the AFC West.  Philip Rivers picked apart the Raiders by completing 19 of his 26 passes for 310 yards, three touchdowns and only one interception.  The Chargers were able to gain 153 yards on the ground without the NFL’s 10th leading rusher Ryan Mathews, who missed the game to due a calf injury.  Mike Tolbert and Curtis Brinkley combined for 25 carries, 110 yards and a touchdown.  Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates combined to catch 12 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns.

After Darrius Hayward-Bey scored a touchdown in the first quarter, the Chargers held Oakland to one touchdown and four field goals for the game.  Richard Goodman scored San Diego’s first kick return touchdown of the season on a 105 yard run.  San Diego’s offensive line protected Rivers as he was not sacked by the Raiders, and their defense sealed the win with an interception by Antoine Cason in the fourth quarter.  There were extremely high expectations for the Chargers going into this season, and an 8-8 second place finish is very disappointing.  The only silver lining for San Diego is they avoided their first losing season since 2003 by winning today’s game.

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