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Question of the Day
On third-and-15 from San Diego’s 16, McFadden took a short pass from Rivers and burst up the middle, splitting two defenders and diving a yard short of a first down with 7 seconds left. The replacement referees initially ruled McFadden had the first down until the replay booth overturned the call and set up a fourth-and-short.
The 14-play, 77-drive ended with Janikowski’s 20-yard field goal.
Robert Meachem made a diving, 46-yard catch from Rivers at Oakland’s 20 in the first quarter. After Rivers sailed passes to Floyd and Gates in the end zone, the Chargers settled for tying 23-yard field goal by Kaeding.
Oakland had plenty of production from the offense but no points.
Darrius Heyward-Bey took a short pass from Carson Palmer for 13 yards and McFadden caught a 9-yard pass before the drive stalled. Janikowski stayed steady despite a high snap and kicking from the infield dirt at the Coliseum _ shared by baseball’s Oakland Athletics _ to boot a wobbly line drive through the uprights.
On Oakland’s opening possession, Rod Streater caught Palmer’s pass over the middle for what would have been a first down on third-and-4. As Streater spun around, Melvin Ingram came from behind to knock the ball lose and Antwan Barnes recovered at San Diego’s 29.
The Raiders took over and Palmer led the seven-play, 33-yard drive that ended with Janikowski’s field goal from the infield dirt. With the Miami Marlins getting a new ballpark this year, Oakland is the only stadium still shared by NFL and Major League Baseball teams.
The Raiders spiced up the home opener with a performance by rapper Ice Cube, who overcame a glitch on his microphone before getting a sold-out Coliseum crowd on its feet, singing lyrics and waving in unison. Gene Simmons from “Kiss” sang the national anthem, and former coach Tom Flores ignited the eternal flame in memory of owner Al Davis.
The season started the way last season ended for these two California franchises.
The Raiders would have won the AFC West had they beaten San Diego at home in the season finale. Instead, they lost 38-26 at home and missed the postseason for the ninth straight season.
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