4:15 PM ET, December 30, 2007
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Norv Turner won in his return to Oakland, LaDainian Tomlinson captured his second straight rushing title, and most importantly, the San Diego Chargers clinched the third seed in the AFC playoffs.After struggling at the start of the season, the Chargers have hit their stride heading into the postseason.
The Chargers were up and down for much of the season, but they've won six straight as LaDainian Tomlinson caught fire and the defense stepped up.
|Tomlinson 100-yd games||2||4|
Oakland's Shane Lechler set a single-season record for net punting. Lechler averaged 41.1 net yards per punt, narrowly edging San Francisco's Andy Lee at 41.0. The previous record was 39.9 by Mike Horan of the New York Giants in 1993. ... Olshansky's interception was the first of his four-year career.
The San Diego Chargers clearly wanted to lock up the No. 3 seed in the AFC as they played most of their starters for much of the contest. The normally poor run defense of the Raiders crowded the line of scrimmage with some eight-man fronts and zone run blitzes to stop LaDainian Tomlinson and the Chargersí ground attack, but San Diego QB Philip Rivers was able to exploit the Raidersí secondary on all levels of the field. High-profile Oakland rookie QB JaMarcus Russell improved as the contest progressed but clearly needs better timing, footwork, weight transfer and experience to become a consistent signal-caller in the NFL.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.1||4.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||09:53||Ladainian Tomlinson 7 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||7||0|
|TD||04:31||Dominic Rhodes 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||7||7|
|TD||00:38||Chris Chambers 19 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||14||7|
|FG||00:00||Sebastian Janikowski 53 Yd||14||10|
|FG||12:51||Nate Kaeding 36 Yd||17||10|
|TD||07:12||Jyles Tucker Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Nate Kaeding Kick)||24||10|
|TD||01:19||Jerry Porter 32 Yd Pass From Jamarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||24||17|
|FG||13:36||Nate Kaeding 31 Yd||27||17|
|FG||01:46||Nate Kaeding 24 Yd||30||17|