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Chargers 24, Raiders 21

Oakland drops its 2012 regular-season finale against San Diego despite the Raiders' Terrelle Pryor accounting for three touchdowns.

Philip Rivers throws for two touchdowns to propel the host Chargers (7-9) to a third straight victory over the rival Raiders before an announced crowd of 66,486 at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 30, 2012. The Chargers are 16-3 the past 19 games against the rival Raiders.

Starting his first NFL game, Pryor throws for two touchdowns and runs for another for Oakland (4-12), which loses eight of its final nine games under first-year head coach Dennis Allen.

Pryor's 9-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey early in the second period is Oakland's first touchdown in over nine quarters.

San Diego's Michael Spurlock returns the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Rivers' touchdown passes to Antonio Gates (11 yards) in the second quarter and Danario Alexander (34 yards) in the third quarter give the Chargers a 24-7 advantage.

Pryor rallies the Raiders in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore in the final 7:43.

The Raiders equal their worst record since going 4-12 in 1997.


San Diego
QB Philip Rivers — Has a whopping 142.0 efficiency rating on 13 of 17 passing for a 151 yards and two touchdowns.

KR Michael Spurlock — Returns the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.

CB Quentin Jammer — His interception of a Terrelle Pryor pass in the end zone early in the second half stops a potential Oakland scoring drive.

QB Terrelle Pryor — Is 13 of 28 passing for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns with an interception. He also has 49 rushing yards on 9 carries, including a 3-yard scoring run, and avoids being sacked.

DE Lamarr Houston — Has 1.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hits and 9 total tackles (5 solo).

WR Rod Streater — Contributes 4 catches for 77 yards.

The Raiders do not allow any sacks. The Chargers tied a franchise record with 11 sacks against the New York Jets in Week 16.

The Chargers are 1 of 10 on third-down conversion and have only 210 total yards.
The teams combine for 17 penalties for 127 yards. Oakland has 9 infractions for 67 yards while San Diego has 8 for 60.

"With Terrelle (Pryor), like any young quarterback, you take a little bit of the good with the bad but overall I thought, not bad."

Raiders coach Dennis Allen

"Like I told you guys (reporters) before, I will be great at the quarterback position, but I have to just let things slow down for me. We’ve got to go out and work hard, and make you guys write some good things, and we’re going to come back strong next year, I promise you guys that.”

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor

1-7: Raiders' road record in the 2012 season.
9-3: Norv Turner's win-loss record against the Raiders as Chargers coach. Turner had a 9-23 record in two seasons (2004 & 2005) as Raiders coach.
10: Consecutive non-winning seasons for Oakland.

The Chargers' Philip Rivers improves to 11-3 as a starter against the Raiders.

Michael Spurlock becomes the first Chargers player to have a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns in consecutive games. He returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in a 27-17 victory against the New York Jets in Week 16.

Updated: 12-30-2012


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