Final

Raiders 14

(2-9, 0-6 away)

Chargers 21

(9-2, 5-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, November 26, 2006

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 0 7 7 014
SD 0 7 0 1421

Top Performers

Passing: A. Brooks (OAK) - 187 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (SD) - 19 CAR, 109 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Gates (SD) - 6 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Tomlinson runs for two TDs, passes for one in comeback win

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Once all the confusion was sorted out and the ball still belonged to the San Diego Chargers, they made sure to get it into LaDainian Tomlinson's hands.

Most TDs scored, one season
Player Team Year TDs
Shaun Alexander SEA 2005 28
Priest Holmes KC 2003 27
Marshall Faulk STL 2000 26
Emmitt Smith DAL 1995 25
LaDainian Tomlinson SDG 2006 24
Priest Holmes KC 2002 24
John Riggins WAS 1983 24

L.T. has been a touchdown waiting to happen for nearly two months, by running, catching or throwing. The star running back once again saved San Diego, keying yet another second-half rally to give the AFC West-leading Chargers a 21-14 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, their fifth straight victory.

The way they've been rallying and winning, even with boneheaded plays such as the one receiver Vincent Jackson made, the Chargers (9-2) might have something special going after so many seasons of false hopes and brutal play.

"I certainly hope so, because I might have a heart attack pretty soon," said Tomlinson, who's in the midst of an MVP-type season. "It seems like it's magical, the way things are happening for us. It's kind of just going right for us."

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
It was clear after two emotional road wins that the Chargers were looking past this Raider football team. Oakland did a real nice job of controlling the line of scrimmage for the first three and a half quarters. But when push came to shove, it was LT to the rescue again. LaDainian Tomlinson (above) accounted for three touchdowns on the day, two on the ground and one via the pass. Even though the Chargers were not firing on all cylinders, they did a nice job of sticking with their game plan. It shows a lot of character for a team to still win a game when they don't bring their "A" game.

Tomlinson rushed for two touchdowns and broke out a favorite San Diego trick by throwing for another. He has 24 touchdowns this season, and needs five in the last five games to break the NFL record of 28 set by Shaun Alexander during his MVP season of 2005.

Tomlinson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Antonio Gates to tie the game at 14 with 9:46 left. The running back has thrown for two touchdowns this season and six in his career, three against the archrival Raiders.

The latest came four plays after Jackson nearly gave away the ball.

With the Chargers (9-2) trailing 14-7 and facing fourth-and-2 from the Raiders 40, Jackson made a diving catch of a 13-yard pass from Philip Rivers, rolled to the ground untouched, then stood up and spun the ball forward in celebration. Oakland's Fabian Washington jumped on the ball.

"My emotions just got me for a second," said Jackson, a second-year pro.

Referee Mike Carey originally signaled Oakland's possession and the Raiders' offense came on the field. The Raiders (2-9) rushed to the line of scrimmage, but umpire Garth DeFelice told them to hold up while Carey huddled with other officials.

Then it was ruled an illegal forward pass, with Carey saying that with the penalty, the Chargers didn't have enough yardage for the first down, and it was Raiders ball.

Then he ruled the Chargers did have enough yards for a first down, at the 32.

"Once we got the yardage set correctly ... they had the first down," Carey said.

"I think we have a new rule about to happen," Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks said. "What's the difference between a spike and a little flippity-flip, or whatever he did?"

Brooks felt the Raiders would have won if they had gotten the ball. Instead, they lost their seventh straight to San Diego.

"No question, the momentum turns back around in our favor," Brooks said.

Four plays later, Rivers flipped the ball back to Tomlinson, who waited for Gates to get wide open, then lobbed to him in the end zone.

Elias Says
LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns in the Chargers' 21-14 win over the Raiders. Tomlinson has scored at least twice in each of his last five games, and his total of 16 TDs during that time is the highest five-game total in NFL history. Jim Brown held that mark for 48 years -- with 14 TDs over five games in 1958 -- until L.T. broke it with 15 TDs over five games from Oct. 15 to Nov. 12.

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"Shoot, if I ain't throwing it good, let him," said Rivers, who had his worst game as a starter.

"We've done that plenty of enough times where you kick it to me and I just run around the end," Tomlinson said. "So they're thinking that was a run play and they come up to try to support the run and Gates just slipped right through them. You see the cornerbacks, they run up, and the next thing they see Gates and they're saying, 'Oh no!' "

Said Gates: "When you give the ball to No. 21, the whole defense better run to him."

After the Chargers forced a punt, Tomlinson broke a 44-yard run on first down, starting up the middle before bouncing outside. He capped the drive with a 10-yard run, easing up as he crossed the goal line untouched.

It was his 21st touchdown in seven games.

The home comeback followed the Chargers' 42-point performance in the second half two weeks ago in a 49-41 win at Cincinnati, and their rally from 17 points down at Denver last week.

Tomlinson recorded his career-best fifth straight 100-yard game, finishing with 109 yards on 19 carries.

Rivers, meanwhile, was just 14-of-31 for 133 yards, with one interception and no touchdowns, for a rating of 44.2.

After Oakland's ReShard Lee scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter, Chargers rookie Antonio Cromartie had a 91-yard kickoff return to set up Tomlinson's 4-yard scoring run.

Brooks threw a 2-yard TD pass to wide-open tight end John Madsen midway through the third quarter to put the Raiders up 14-7. It came one play after Madsen stepped out of bounds after a 56-yard reception.

Brooks was 17-of-30 for 187 yards and one TD, with two interceptions. ^Notes:@ Tomlinson came out for one play after tweaking a hamstring in the third quarter. He set Chargers single-season records with his 20th TD rushing, and 138 points. ... Tomlinson's 14 TDs against Oakland are his most against any opponent. ... Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer got his 200th career win.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Oakland
San Diego
1st Downs1515
3rd down efficiency
5-152-11
4th down efficiency
1-21-2
Total Yards245260
Yards per play4.04.5
Total Drives20
Passing161150
Comp-Att
17-3015-32
Yards per pass
5.44.7
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-261-2
Rushing84110
Rushing Attempts
2625
Yards per rush
3.24.4
Penalties8-565-49
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
21
Possession32:2527:35

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brooks17/301876.2125-26
SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rivers14/311334.3011-2
Tomlinson1/11919.0100-0

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fargas14322.306
Brooks4297.3011
SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson191095.7244
Pinnock122.002

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Madsen36923.0157
Williams4297.309
SDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gates68113.5127
Jackson33210.7013

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTEROAKSD
TD0:46Reshard Lee 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 70 yds, 3:19
70
TD1:33Ladainian Tomlinson 2 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 12 yds, :47
77
THIRD QUARTEROAKSD
TD7:20John Madsen 2 Yd Pass From Aaron Brooks (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 67 yds, 1:39
147
FOURTH QUARTEROAKSD
TD5:14Antonio Gates 19 Yd Pass From Ladainian Tomlinson (Nate Kaeding Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 48 yds, 3:40
1414
TD11:21Ladainian Tomlinson 10 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 67 yds, 3:15
1421