Chargers Sick of Same Losing Script - Ricky Henne
"It sucks. It’s tough. (We) can’t turn the ball over (like we did) couple times there in the fourth quarter…. We made some mistakes early on. We missed some opportunities. Too many errors in the kicking game whether it’s penalties, decisions, blocked extra point, kicking the ball out of bounds to start the second half. Mistakes like that."
Travis Benjamin: "Continue to Play" - Chargers.com (video)
Wide receiver Travis Benjamin talks to the media following the loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Oakland holds off San Diego Chargers in Raiders' takeover of Qualcomm - Eric Williams
The key play came with 11:35 left in the game. Oakland linebacker Perry Riley Jr. stripped running back Kenneth Farrow of the ball on first-and-10 from San Diego’s 16-yard line, with fellow linebacker Malcolm Smith recovering the loose ball.
OAK-SD grades: Mack leads Raiders’ defense in postseason-clinching win - John Breitenbach
While he may not have made many spectacular throws, Philip Rivers did avoid mistakes, too, as his lone interception came on a pass where he was hit during the throwing motion. Besides that, Rivers did not put the ball in harms way; he kept his poise and was patient to find open receivers. However, he did not get a lot of help from his supporting cast, as he was under pressure on 45.5 percent of his dropbacks and was victimized by three drops. Although the Chargers lost to the Raiders, this was a solid bounce-back game for Rivers after his poor outing against Carolina last week.
5 PFF stats you need to know from NFL Week 15 - Chase Howell
Oakland clinched a playoff berth in Week 15 with a 19-16 win over San Diego. Earning the highest grade (88.2) on defense for Oakland was defensive end Khalil Mack, who recorded a league-high eight QB pressures (three hits and five hurries). For the season, Mack remains PFF’s top-graded edge defender, with a 93.5 mark, and a key component in Oakland’s success.