Tomlinson powers Chargers' win vs. Raiders

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Oct 14, 2005

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- LaDainian Tomlinson and San Diego are dominating the Oakland Raiders in a way they haven't since Al Davis was on the Chargers' side of this rivalry.

Tomlinson ran, caught and threw for a touchdown Sunday and the Chargers shut down an Oakland offense slowed by an injury to Randy Moss, winning their fourth straight over the Raiders, 27-14.

The Chargers (3-3) hadn't won four straight in a rivalry dominated by the Raiders (1-4) since taking the first six meetings from 1960-62, when Al Davis was their defensive ends coach.

Then again, San Diego hasn't had Tomlinson for most of those years. He showed off his all-around skills as never before in his career, with his three first-half touchdowns, 140 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving.

The Raiders, who had been competitive in their first three losses, regressed coming out of the bye week. Oakland committed penalties to extend San Diego's first two touchdown drives, Kerry Collins was just 24-for-48 and threw his first interception of the season, and the Raiders had only 39 yards rushing.

Operating out of the no-huddle offense at times, the Chargers scored 24 points in the opening half. After a third-down holding call on Nnamdi Asomugha gave San Diego a first down on its second drive of the game, the Chargers drove down to Oakland's 35.

Tomlinson came out of the backfield uncovered and caught a pass from Drew Brees at about the 20 and jogged into the end zone, tying Lenny Moore's NFL record by scoring a touchdown in his 18th straight game. Brees was 14-for-20 for 164 yards.

On Oakland's next play from scrimmage, rookie Shawne Merriman drilled Collins as he threw deep to Moss. The ball was intercepted by Bhawoh Jue and returned 20 yards to San Diego's 45. Tomlinson ran three times for 26 yards on the next three plays and the Chargers drove it to the 7, with help from a roughing the passer call on Derrick Burgess.

Tomlinson then ran it in from there, extending his NFL record of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 18.

Late in the second quarter, Tomlinson took a handoff from Brees, ran to his right, stopped and threw to Justin Peelle for a 4-yard score and his second TD pass of the season. He is the first player to pull off the touchdown trifecta since David Patten did it for New England in 2001.

Oakland lost Moss late in the first quarter when Collins underthrew him on a deep pass. Moss leaped in between Jue and Sammy Davis before falling awkwardly to the ground. Moss was attended to by trainers and limped off the field with an injured groin. He played only one more play the rest of the game, finishing with no catches.

Oakland scored on that drive on LaMont Jordan's 4-yard run but didn't score again until Jordan's 1-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter made it 27-14. The Raiders' last chance at a comeback ended when they drove to the 9 with about 5 minutes left before turning it over on downs.

Game notes
Tomlinson became the first player in NFL history to have at least 10 rushing TDs in each of his first five seasons. ... Collins had gone a career-high 150 consecutive passes without an interception, dating to last season. ... Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer improved to 24-7 in his career against the Raiders.