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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers, 8:15 p.m. ET Thursday
What's almost as frustrating as watching the San Diego Chargers fall just short week after week and seeing themselves fall out of the AFC playoff hunt?
Trying to explain why it's happening.
"We're not playing bad, I'll tell you that," San Diego linebacker Jyles Tucker said. "We're not bad. It's just trying to figure why those one or two plays always happen in a game. It's so frustrating to try to figure out why we are not winning because we are still a good team."
San Diego is 4-8. Four of the losses have come in the final minute. All eight losses are by a total of 34 points -- an average margin of defeat of just 4.5 points.
Close calls or not, the truth is San Diego is on the cusp of being knocked out of contention in the AFC West. The Chargers trail Denver (7-5) by three games in the division. If the Chargers lose to Oakland and Denver beats visiting Kansas City on Sunday, the Broncos will win the division.
The Chargers vow not to give up, though. They will fight against the Raiders. San Diego had to outscore Oakland 25-3 in the fourth quarter to secure a 28-18 win in Oakland in September, which turned out to be Lane Kiffin's final game as the Raiders' coach.
"You won't see this team give up," San Diego safety Eric Weddle said. "We'll be ready for Oakland and we'll stick together. And then we'll see what happens. That's all we can do at this point."