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Rivers: No 'wiggle room' for team

By Bernie Wilson / Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:33 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2010


SAN DIEGO » It was such a bad day for the San Diego Chargers that even their cheerleaders were booed by Oakland Raiders fans who had Qualcomm Stadium all to themselves after the local fans bolted in the fourth quarter.

A 28-13 beatdown Sunday by the hated Raiders -- who shredded San Diego's defense for 251 yards rushing -- left the Chargers' playoff hopes bruised and bloodied.

The Chargers need to win out and get some help from other teams to win their fifth straight AFC West title after they were outmuscled by the Raiders on both sides of the ball.

The Chargers are tied with Oakland at 6-6, two games behind Kansas City (8-4) with four to play. The Chargers host the Chiefs on Sunday, needing a win to remain in contention. The Chiefs beat the Chargers 21-14 on opening night.

"I think the disappointment ought to eat at you here for a little while longer, then you've got to shift gears quickly to Kansas City," quarterback Philip Rivers said yesterday. "We are still alive. Again, is it best-case scenario? No, but we've put ourselves in that by this game yesterday and games in September and October to where you don't have any wiggle room."

Besides trying to reel in the Chiefs, the Chargers need to be concerned about the Raiders. Oakland doesn't have room for error, either, but it swept the Chargers for the first time since 2001, so it holds the tiebreaker. Oakland plays at Kansas City on Jan. 2, the final day of the regular season.

After hosting the Chiefs, the Chargers host the San Francisco 49ers four days later, then finish with games at Cincinnati and at Denver. The Chargers are 1-3 in the division, while Oakland is 4-0 and Kansas City is 2-2.

The Chargers had won four straight, including what they termed as their most complete game, a 36-14 victory at Indianapolis in which they intercepted Peyton Manning four times.

But against the Raiders, they looked more like the bumbling Bolts who staggered to a 2-5 start due to special teams blunders and turnovers. A fumbled punt by Darren Sproles and an interception by Rivers helped spot the Raiders a quick 14-0 lead.

"We didn't play our best game," Rivers said. "I would imagine numerous guys in that locker room would say individually that they didn't play their best. I know I didn't. As a whole, we didn't. Oakland had a lot to do with it. They outplayed us. It certainly wasn't just our lack of execution. It was a combination. And they had something to do with our lack of execution, certainly.

"They played a great game and they whipped us."

While Darren McFadden ran for 97 yards and a TD, and Michael Bush ran for 95 yards and a score, Oakland stopped San Diego's running game.

San Diego had 21 yards rushing, tied for seventh-lowest in team history.

 

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Patriots 45, Jets 3

N.Y. Jets 0 3 0 0 -- 3
New England 17 7 7 14 -- 45

First Quarter
NE--FG Graham 41, 10:57.
NE--Green-Ellis 1 run (Graham kick), 4:02.
NE--Branch 25 pass from Brady (Graham kick), 1:01.

Second Quarter
NYJ--FG Folk 39, 12:14.
NE--Tate 4 pass from Brady (Graham kick), 8:15.

Third Quarter
NE--Welker 18 pass from Brady (Graham kick), 4:40.

Fourth Quarter
NE--Hernandez 1 pass from Brady (Graham kick), 14:57.
NE--Green-Ellis 5 run (Graham kick), 9:20.
A--68,756.

  NYJ NE
First downs 18 23
Total Net Yards 301 405
Rushes-yards 31-152 26-101
Passing 149 304
Punt Returns 2-26 1-13
Kickoff Returns 8-158 2-42
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 3-33
Comp-Att-Int 17-33-3 21-29-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-15 3-22
Punts 3-30.7 3-46.7
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-56 1-10
Time of Possession 28:59 31:01

RUSHING--N.Y. Jets, Greene 13-64, Tomlinson 10-47, Sanchez 4-20, McKnight 3-19, B.Smith 1-2. New England, Green-Ellis 18-72, Woodhead 2-11, Taylor 4-9, Tate 1-6, Brady 1-3.

PASSING--N.Y. Jets, Sanchez 17-33-3-164. New England, Brady 21-29-0-326.

RECEIVING--N.Y. Jets, Holmes 7-72, Keller 3-27, Edwards 2-39, Tomlinson 2-14, Cotchery 2-9, Greene 1-3. New England, Welker 7-80, Woodhead 4-104, Branch 3-64, Hernandez 3-51, Gronkowski 1-12, Green-Ellis 1-7, Morris 1-4, Tate 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--N.Y. Jets, Folk 53 (SH).

 

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East W L T Pct PF PA
New England 10 2 0 .833 379 269
N.Y. Jets 9 3 0 .750 267 232
Miami 6 6 0 .500 215 238
Buffalo 2 10 0 .167 243 333
South W L T Pct PF PA
Jacksonville 7 5 0 .583 257 300
Indianapolis 6 6 0 .500 317 290
Houston 5 7 0 .417 288 321
Tennessee 5 7 0 .417 263 235
North W L T Pct PF PA
Pittsburgh 9 3 0 .750 267 191
Baltimore 8 4 0 .667 260 201
Cleveland 5 7 0 .417 229 239
Cincinnati 2 10 0 .167 255 322
West W L T Pct PF PA
Kansas City 8 4 0 .667 295 237
Oakland 6 6 0 .500 283 269
San Diego 6 6 0 .500 323 253
Denver 3 9 0 .250 256 333

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East W L T Pct PF PA
N.Y. Giants 8 4 0 .667 308 247
Philadelphia 8 4 0 .667 344 281
Washington 5 7 0 .417 222 293
Dallas 4 8 0 .333 294 336
South W L T Pct PF PA
Atlanta 10 2 0 .833 304 233
New Orleans 9 3 0 .750 299 227
Tampa Bay 7 5 0 .583 243 251
Carolina 1 11 0 .083 154 307
North W L T Pct PF PA
Chicago 9 3 0 .750 246 192
Green Bay 8 4 0 .667 303 182
Minnesota 5 7 0 .417 227 253
Detroit 2 10 0 .167 278 306
West W L T Pct PF PA
Seattle 6 6 0 .500 240 289
St. Louis 6 6 0 .500 232 237
San Francisco 4 8 0 .333 203 259
Arizona 3 9 0 .250 200 338

Last Thursday
» Philadelphia 34, Houston 24

Sunday
» Green Bay 34, San Francisco 16
» Kansas City 10, Denver 6
» Minnesota 38, Buffalo 14
» Jacksonville 17, Tennessee 6
» Cleveland 13, Miami 10
» Chicago 24, Detroit 20
» N.Y. Giants 31, Washington 7
» New Orleans 34, Cincinnati 30
» Oakland 28, San Diego 13
» Seattle 31, Carolina 14
» St. Louis 19, Arizona 6
» Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 24
» Dallas 38, Indianapolis 35, OT
» Pittsburgh 13, Baltimore 10

Yesterday
» New England 45, N.Y. Jets 3

Thursday
» Indianapolis at Tennessee, 3:20 p.m.

Sunday
» N.Y. Giants at Minnesota, 8 a.m.
» Tampa Bay at Washington, 8 a.m.
» Cleveland at Buffalo, 8 a.m.
» Green Bay at Detroit, 8 a.m.
» Oakland at Jacksonville, 8 a.m.
» Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8 a.m.
» Atlanta at Carolina, 8 a.m.
» Seattle at San Francisco, 11:05 a.m.
» St. Louis at New Orleans, 11:05 a.m.
» Kansas City at San Diego, 11:15 a.m.
» Denver at Arizona, 11:15 a.m.
» New England at Chicago, 11:15 a.m.
» Miami at N.Y. Jets, 11:15 a.m.
» Philadelphia at Dallas, 3:20 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 13
» Baltimore at Houston, 3:30 p.m.

 






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