Raiders Hold Off Chargers 24-17

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RB Michael Bush dives over the pile for a 2-yard touchdown.AP Photo

RB Michael Bush finished the game with 242 yards from the line of scrimmage, including 30 carries for 157 yards and a score, WR Denarius Moore caught two TD passes and the Raiders relentless pass rush secured a 24-17 win over the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

K Nick Novak's opening kickoff was fielded and downed by WR Jacoby Ford five yards deep for a touchback. The Chargers held the Raiders to a three and out, P Shane Lechler crushed a 60-yard punt that was fielded and thrown across the field to Marcus Ghilcrist or a lateral. After a 40-yard return, the Chargers set up at the Raiders 40. San Diego was forced to settle for a 20-yard Novak field goal attempt. The kick was good and the Chargers took a 3-0 lead with 10:40 left in the 1st quarter.

Ford was dropped at the 13 after a 19-yard kickoff return. The drive stalled in Chargers territory and a fake punt failed. The Raiders then held the Chargers to a three and out and the Raiders got the ball back at their own 13 after the punt.

Bush capped an 11-play, 86-yard drive with a 2-yard TD dive. The extra point was good and the Raiders led 7-3 with 41 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Chargers took over at their own 28 after the kickoff return.  The Raiders forced a three and out and got the ball back at their own 25 after the punt. Janikowski capped a 7-play, 70-yard drive with a 23-yard field goal to give the Raiders a 10-3 lead with 11:02 left in the second quarter.

The Raiders defense forced a three-and-out and Scifres came on to punt. The Raiders drive was derailed by penalties and Patrick Crayton returned Lechler's punt to the Chargers 22. The Raiders forced another three and out and Scifres came on to punt.

The Raiders took over at their own 44 after a 21-yard WR Denarius Moore punt return. Two plays later, Moore hauled in a 33-yard TD pass from QB Carson Palmer. The extra point was good and the Raiders led 17-3 with 1:51 left 2nd quarter.

The Raiders forced a punt and took a 17-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Janikowski's opening kickoff of the second half bounced through the end zone for a touchback and the Chargers started at their own 20. The Chargers capped an 8-play, 80-yard drive with a 30-yard TD pass. The extra point was good and the Raiders lead was cut to 17-10 with 11:48 left in the 3rd quarter.

After RB Taiwan Jones returned the ensuing kickoff, Palmer capped a 5-play, 85-yard drive with a 26-yard TD pass to Moore. The extra point was good and the Raiders led 24-10 with 9:01 to go in the 3rd quarter.

The ensuing kickoff was returned to the San Diego 30. The Chargers were forced to settle for a 46-yard FG attempt. The kick was no good and the Raiders took over at their own 36. San Diego got the ball back when they recovered a Palmer fumble at their own 49.

Rivers capped a 51-yard drive with a 7-yard TD pass to RB Jacob Hester. The extra point was good and the Raiders lead was cut to 24-17 as the 3rd quarter came to a close.

The ensuing kickoff was fielded in the end zone for a touchback and the Raiders took over at their own 20. The Raiders drove deep into Chargers territory, but Palmer was hit as he threw and his pass was intercepted. The Chargers took over at their own 6.

The Raiders forced a punt on 4th and 10 at the San Diego 22. A penalty on the Raiders during the punt gave the Chargers a fresh set of downs. The Raiders didn't budge and forced another punt. The Raiders took over at their own 31 after a Moore punt return.

The Chargers forced a punt and took over at their own 10.  Safety Matt Giordano intercepted a Rivers pass in the end zone and brought it out to the Oakland 26 where the Raiders took over with just over 3:00 left.

The Raiders kept their drive alive on 3rd and 11 with a 24-yard pass to TE Kevin Boss. At the two-minute warning the Raiders faced 3rd and 12 at their own 47. The Chargers forced a punt and took over at their own 11 with 1:04 to go.

The Raiders sacked Rivers on the final two plays of the game to secure the win and claim sole possession of first place in the AFC West with a 5-4 record.

The Raiders head to Minnesota to face the Vikings in 2011 Regular Season Week 11 action.

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