OAKLAND — Philip Rivers passed for 231 yards and one touchdown, and Nate Kaeding kicked five field goals, leading the San Diego Chargers to a 22-14 victory Monday night over the Raiders, ruining the debut of Oakland coach Dennis Allen.
The Chargers took advantage of two special teams gaffes by Oakland to extend their 10-6 halftime lead to 16-6 in the third quarter on two Kaeding field goals.
The Raiders lost long snapper Jon Condo to a head injury early in the second quarter, and backup Travis Goethel — a middle linebacker by trade — had a nightmare.
Goethel bounced his first punt snap, and the Chargers smothered Raiders punter Shane Lechler at the Oakland 39-yard line. That set up Kaeding’s 28-yard field goal, making it 13-6 with 6:01 left in the third.
Later in the third, Goethel made a good snap to Lechler, but tight end Dante Rosario raced through a huge gap up the middle to his right and blocked Lechler’s punt. Chargers safety Corey Lynch recovered at the Raiders’ 8, setting up Kaeding’s 19-yard field goal, putting San Diego ahead 16-6 with 2:31 left in the third.
Kaeding’s 41-yard field goal put San Diego ahead 19-6 with 12:48 left to play.
Early in the fourth, Goethel rolled a snap to Lechler, and the Chargers took over at the Oakland 43. That set up Kaeding’s fifth field goal of the night, a 45-yarder, putting San Diego up 22-14.
The Raiders cut the gap to 22-14 when Carson Palmer hit rookie wide receiver Rod Streater on a 3-yard touchdown pass, then connected again on the two-point try with 54 seconds left. However, San Diego recovered the onside kick.
Palmer, who was missing injured wide receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, completed 32 of 46 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown. Running back Darren McFadden caught 13 passes for 86 yards, setting a Raiders single-game record for catches by a running back. He finished one shy of tying wide receiver Tim Brown’s franchise record of 14 catches, set in 1997 against Jacksonville.
Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Linebacker Shaun Phillips had two sacks.
The Chargers built a 10-6 halftime lead on the strength of Kaeding’s 23-yard field goal and Rivers’ 6-yard touchdown pass to Floyd.
The Raiders had a pair of first-half field goals from Sebastian Janikowski. The first was from 51 yards out, putting Oakland up 3-0 with 4:56 left in the first quarter, and the second was a 19-yards with four seconds left in the half.
After the Raiders and Chargers swapped field goals in the first quarter, Rivers orchestrated a 13-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that took just over eight minutes in the second. The drive looked dead early when Rivers threw incomplete to Antonio Gates on third-and-3 from the Chargers’ 36, but Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was flagged for jumping offside.
Three plays later, Rivers hit Gates for 10 yards, and then he found fullback Le’Ron McClain for 8. On third-and-five from the 24, Rivers connected with Gates for 17 more yards to the 7. Then on third-and-6, Floyd broke open over the middle in the end zone, ahead of Raiders safety Matt Giordano, and Rivers hit him with a strike.
That put San Diego up 10-3 with 3:10 left in the half.
The Raiders drove inside the Chargers’ 2 late in the first half, as Palmer and McFadden played catch, but had to settle for a field goal.
NOTES: Moore (hamstring) and Ford (foot) were inactive for Monday night’s game. Ford is also Oakland’s No. 1 kick and punt returner. Moore practiced Thursday for the first time since Aug. 4. … Streater, an undrafted rookie from Temple, started in place of Moore in his NFL debut. … Center Alex Parsons, who spent the past two years on Oakland’s practice squad, started in his NFL debut. He played ahead of Stefen Wisniewski, who missed most of training camp with a calf injury. … Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews was out with a broken collarbone, while starting left tackle Jared Gaither missed the game with a back injury. Ronnie Brown started for Mathews, and rookie Mike Harris replaced Gaither.