Chargers 26 – Raiders 13: Chargers Still Alive

By Ernie Padaon

Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates after a touchdown reception during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsThe first half of the game was tough to watch for the Chargers and it seemed like it could turn into one of those ugly games for the Chargers. With 3 turnovers in the first half, the Chargers were shooting themselves in the foot over and over again. The half ended tied at 10, but the Chargers came out strong in the second half.

Philip Rivers wasn’t particularly sharp in the game, but the running game was strong behind Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.Both backs earned their money behind the offensive line and they were able to milk out that clock and pick up some tough yards on offense.

Keenan Allen and Ryan Mathews both scored touchdowns in the game and Eric Weddle made a big interception to shift the momentum.

The Chargers must have been watching the scoreboard today a little. The Miami Dolphins lost to the Bills earlier in the day and the Baltimore Ravens are losing to the Patriots right now. Hopefully the Patriots can hold onto that lead and make week 17 relevant for us.