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Raiders Close Out Season with 30-17 Loss to Chargers

Russell hands off to Rhodes

The 2007 Oakland Raiders looked as if they made strides, but Sunday a costly JaMarcus Russell turnover that resulted in a score and note enough big plays did in Oakland, as they lost to the rival Chargers 30-17. San Diego wrapped up the AFC’s number three seed on Sunday with a win over the Raiders, and they also clinched a playoff game vs the number 6 seed in the AFC, either the Tennessee Titans or the Cleveland Browns. Sunday Oakland actually outgained San Diego 316 to 253, but did not do enough to pull out a win.

Phillip Rivers threw a pair of TD passes, one to running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the other to Chris Chambers, as the team built a 14-10 halftime lead, then added 10 more in the third quarter and two Nate Kaeding field goals in the fourth as the defense held Oakland in check as they took home their 11th win of the season.

As for the Raiders, they end the 2007 season at 4-12, and under Lane Kiffin they showed glimpses of being a better football team, but overall they have a long way to go. They may have gotten a showing of the future on Sunday, as number one pick JaMarcus Rusell started and went 23-for-31 for 224 yards with one TD and one pick. He also was helped by the running of Dominic Rhodes, who rushed for 122 yards on 29 carries with a score.

The Raiders will sit back and look at their team closely over the next few days, and will start to make decisions on their roster as players clean out their lockers on Monday in Oakland.

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