Chargers have 5 turnovers in 27-17 loss to Raiders

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 7, 2013 at 2:59 am •  Published: October 7, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers' first drive and last one ended with interceptions.

That kind of mistake-filled night for the San Diego Chargers overshadowed another prolific passing game from their quarterback.

Rivers had his third 400-yard passing game in four weeks but also committed three of San Diego's five turnovers in a 27-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night.

"There was a lot more than just turnovers, but certainly offensively, we've got to make sure we don't turn the ball over," Rivers said. "One went for a touchdown and one, the first turnover of the game, the very next play was a touchdown. So there's your 14 points directly off turnovers."

Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and Charles Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown as the Raiders (2-3) broke out to a 24-3 lead before hanging on in the fourth quarter for the win over the Chargers (2-3).

"You've got to show up and play your best every week," coach Mike McCoy said. "If you don't, if you turn the ball over five times on the road, it's going to be tough to beat any team in this league. That's where it all starts."

Pryor got the Raiders off to a fast start in the latest West Coast game in NFL history with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater on Oakland's first play from scrimmage. He completed his first 10 passes and led TD drives on the first two possessions, also connecting with Denarius Moore.

The Raiders then used five turnovers, a goal-line stand, Woodson's 25-yard return of Danny Woodhead's fumble and two long field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to finish the win.

"We made the plays when they were there for us to make them," Woodson said.

Rivers went 36 for 49 for 411 yards and two touchdowns. But he also had three interceptions as the Chargers played without injured starting offensive linemen King Dunlap and Chad Rinehart.

They also lost running back Ryan Mathews to a concussion in the first half.

"Digging a 17-0 hole, it's hard to come back and win," Rivers said. "We fought — you can't question the effort — but we obviously didn't do enough to get it done."

The Raiders were without starting offensive linemen Stefen Wisniewski and Tony Pashos, as well as running back Darren McFadden. But Pryor and Woodson helped make sure that didn't matter.

The game was shifted to a late-night start to allow time to convert the Coliseum to its football configuration after the Oakland Athletics played a baseball playoff game here Saturday night. The process took about 18 hours and was completed around 3:30 p.m., more than five hours before kickoff at 8:35 p.m. PDT.

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