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OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - Philip Rivers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd and the San Diego Chargers took a 16-6 lead over the mistake-prone Oakland Raiders through three quarters Monday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Chargers took advantage of three Raiders penalties that led to first downs on a 13-play, 90-yard drive late in the second quarter. Rivers completed a 17-yard pass to Antonio Gates on third-and-5 to move to Oakland’s 7-yard line before finding Floyd on a short toss on another third down.
Gates went to the locker room briefly with a rib injury in the third quarter but returned for San Diego’s next drive.
Travis Goethel took over at long snapper and rolled a snap in the third quarter to punter Shane Lechler, who was gang tackled at Oakland’s 39. Nate Kaeding kicked a 28-yard field goal to extend San Diego’s lead to 13-6.
The Raiders offense stalled again and Goethel’s next snap stayed straight, although Lechler appeared to stand closer to the line of scrimmage. Dante Rosario ran through the middle to block the punt, giving San Diego possession at Oakland’s 8.
It was the first time the Raiders had a punt blocked since Oct. 8, 2006, at San Francisco. Condo had never had a punt blocked while at long snapper. The Chargers had not blocked a punt since Oct. 25, 2009, at Kansas City.
Oakland relied on a mostly one-man show on offense.
Darren McFadden, out with a right foot injury most of last season, already caught a career-high 10 passes for 76 yards to go with 76 yards rushing for the Raiders, who settled for field goals of 51 and 20 yards by Sebastian Janikowski.
Familiar mistakes flared up again for the Raiders.
Nose tackle Tommy Kelly handed San Diego two first downs on the touchdown drive when he jumped offside on two short third downs. Tyvon Branch gave the Chargers another first down on a holding penalty.
The Raiders set an NFL record with 163 penalties last season, giving opponents 58 first downs by penalties.
Rivers avoided a sack and bought time in the pocket to find Floyd in the front of the end zone. Floyd dunked the ball through the uprights and waved his hands at the Black Hole side of the Oakland Coliseum after giving San Diego a 10-3 lead.
The Raiders nearly rallied for a tying touchdown before halftime.
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