POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2010
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.
NYJ--FG Folk 39, 12:14.
NE--Tate 4 pass from Brady (Graham kick), 8:15.
NE--Welker 18 pass from Brady (Graham kick), 4:40.
NE--Hernandez 1 pass from Brady (Graham kick), 14:57.
NE--Green-Ellis 5 run (Graham kick), 9:20.
|Total Net Yards||301||405|
|Time of Possession||28:59||31:01|
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).
» 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
» New England 45, N.Y. Jets 3
» Indianapolis at Tennessee, 3:20 p.m.
» 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.