Raiders run over Chargers 28-13 in San Diego


Raiders run over Chargers 28-13 in San Diego


SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers are mortal in December, after all.They found out at the hands of the Oakland Raiders, of all teams.Jason Campbell ran for one touchdownand threw for another, Darren McFadden ran for 97 yards and a TD, andthe Raiders took advantage of more mistakes by the Chargers to stun SanDiego 28-13 on Sunday.The loss puts a serious crimp in theplayoff hopes for the four-time defending AFC West champion Chargers(6-6), who trail the Kansas City Chiefs by two games with four to play.Oakland (6-6) revived a running game that had been stopped cold in twostraight losses, ripping through the Chargers for 251 yards. MichaelBush ran for 95 yards and a score.San Diego gained just 21 yardsrushing. Mike Tolbert, who had consecutive 100-yard games, was stuffedfor 16 yards on seven carries. Rookie Ryan Mathews didn't play,apparently still bothered by a high ankle sprain.The Raiders swept the season series for the first time since 2001.The Chargers' streak of 18 straightDecember victories - which tied an NFL record for most victories in anymonth - came to a thudding end. Their last December loss was on Dec.31, 2005. San Diego had been tied with the 1970-74 Miami Dolphins, whowon 18 straight in Novembers.The Raiders beat the Chargers 35-27at Oakland on Oct. 10 when consecutive blocked punts early in the gameled to a touchdown and a safety. That victory snapped Oakland's 13-gamelosing streak to the Chargers.The Chargers corrected their problemsduring a four-game winning streak, but then reverted to the form thatshowed during an ugly 2-5 start. San Diego had two early turnovers inthis game, leading to a 14-0 Oakland lead.Darren Sproles fumbled a punt earlyin the first quarter and Hiram Eugene recovered at the San Diego 18. Onfourth-and-1 from the 9, the Raiders fooled the Chargers with a fakehandoff to fullback Marcel Reece while Campbell ran a naked bootleg tothe left for an easy touchdown.On the next Chargers possession,Rivers overthrew Malcom Floyd and the ball went right to safety MichaelHuff, who returned it 15 yards to the San Diego 41. Campbell completedthe drive with a 4-yard TD pass to rookie Jacoby Ford in the rightcorner of the end zone for a 14-0 lead.After San Diego's Nate Kaedingkicked a 39-yard field goal, Campbell showed that the Raiders didn'tneed a turnover to score. He led an 80-yard, 11-play drive that wascapped by Bush's 7-yard TD run, when he used a spin move and a strongsecond effort to power into the end zone for a 21-3 lead. Among the bigplays on the drive, Reece hurdled safety Eric Weddle to finish a22-yard catch-and-run, Darrius Heyward-Bey had a 14-yard end-around andCampbell had a 9-yard scramble on third down for a first-and-goal fromthe 10.Campbell was back at quarterbackafter Bruce Gradkowski was hurt late in the fourth quarter of lastSunday's 33-17 loss to Miami, which led the Raiders to put him oninjured reserve, ending his season.After taking a 21-3 halftime lead,Oakland's offense stalled and the Chargers cut the gap to 21-13 on a33-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding in the third quarter and PhilipRivers' 4-yard scoring pass to wide-open Antonio Gates with 9:59 left.Campbell then led a drive capped byMcFadden's 7-yard run with 4:35 left. The highlight was Campbell's37-yard completion to Louis Murphy. McFadden carried 19 times whileBush ran 23 times.Campbell outgained the Chargers' running game all by himself, with 38 yards on six carries.Sproles sustained a concussion whenhe was knocked down by a helmet-to-helmet hit by Oakland's RolandoMcClain just before halftime. Sproles caught a pass from Rivers and wasturning to run when he was hit by McClain. The Raiders linebacker ledwith his shoulder, but the side of his helmet hit Sproles' helmet.Sproles was on the ground for a few minutes before walking off thefield.Kaeding was short on a 50-yard field goal try in the last minute of the second quarter.

Broncos' defense proves to be too much for Bortles, Jaguars


Broncos' defense proves to be too much for Bortles, Jaguars


JACKSONVILLE -- Bradley Roby returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, helping the Denver Broncos beat the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars 20-10 on Sunday and gain ground in the AFC playoff picture.

Roby picked off Blake Bortles' wobbler across the middle in the third quarter and went untouched the other way. Star linebacker Von Miller hit Bortles as he released the ball.

It was the 11th pick-6 of Bortles' three-year career and his third in the last four games. Houston and Detroit also returned interceptions for touchdowns in games the Jaguars lost by less than seven points.

The latest one resulted in a seventh consecutive loss for Jacksonville (2-10) and secured another miserable milestone for the small-market franchise. The Jaguars became the fifth team in NFL history to post double-digit losses in six consecutive seasons, joining Tampa Bay (1983-94), Detroit (2001-06), Oakland (2003-09) and Cleveland (2008-13).

Jacksonville had a chance to tie in the final minutes, but Bortles fumbled trying to make a play in the pocket.

The Broncos (8-4) rebounded from an overtime loss against Kansas City, and with Miami's loss at Baltimore, moved into position to get one of the conference's wild-card spots.

They did it without quarterback Trevor Siemian , who missed the game with a sprained left foot. Rookie Paxton Lynch made his second career start and first on the road. Denver didn't ask him to do too much. He didn't need to, either, not against the self-destructing Jaguars.

The Broncos scored all 20 points with help from Jacksonville.

Aside from the pick-6, the Jaguars committed two 15-yard penalties that led to a touchdown and a field goal. Linebacker Telvin Smith was flagged for roughing the passes on third-and-5 in the second quarter. Lynch's pass was incomplete, but Smith grazed his facemask. Devontae Booker scored six plays later, breaking Smith's tackle near the line of scrimmage and carrying safety Johnathan Cyprien across the goal line.

Reserve tight end Alex Ellis was flagged for unnecessary roughness on a punt return in the final minute of the half. His 15-yarder set up Brandon McManus' 32-yard field goal and put the Broncos ahead 10-3.

And Denver's final field goal in the waning seconds came after Bortles' fumble.

But Roby's interception was the dagger. It was huge for Roby, who gave up a late touchdown to New Orleans two weeks ago and surrendered an 11-yard catch on fourth-and-10 last week against the Chiefs.


The Jaguars continued their streak of special teams gaffes. Ellis' unnecessary roughness foul gave Jacksonville a major meltdown on special teams for the seventh consecutive week. The streak includes five muffed punts - including three turnovers - a punt return for a touchdown and two long punt returns that set up scores.


Harris' interception was his second of the year, giving him five consecutive seasons with multiple picks. He's the fifth cornerback in the NFL to accomplish the feat, joining teammate Aqib Talib, Arizona's Patrick Peterson, New York Giants' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Seattle's Richard Sherman.


Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson continues to help his opponents. Robinson dropped his sixth pass of the season and his third that resulted in an interception.

Robinson bobbled a deep pass from Bortles down the left sideline, and it landed Harris Jr.'s hands for Bortles' 14th interception of the season. Robinson, a Pro Bowler last season, also bobbled passes that ended up as picks against Chicago and Oakland earlier this season.


Broncos: at Tennessee on Sunday.

Jaguars: Host Minnesota on Sunday.

Berry saves the day with conversion return, Chiefs move to 9-3

Berry saves the day with conversion return, Chiefs move to 9-3


ATLANTA — Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Kansas City Chiefs an improbable 29-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Falcons, rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan's 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining.

Atlanta decided to go for 2, looking to stretch the margin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan's pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their winning margin. It came after Denver won a game in similar fashion last month, returning a blocked PAT for the winning points at New Orleans.

Berry had another huge play with less than a minute to go in the first half, picking off Ryan's pass over the middle and bringing it back 37 yards for a touchdown. After reaching the end zone, the suburban Atlanta native handed the ball to his mother sitting in the stands at the Georgia Dome.

Those weren't the only big plays for the Chiefs. On fourth-and-2 from their own 45, Kansas City faked a punt and snapped the ball directly to Albert Wilson , who played his college ball in the same stadium for Georgia State. Wilson burst up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown that extended Kansas City's lead in the third quarter.

Alex Smith completed 21 of 25 passes for 270 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown to Spencer Ware. Travis Kelce was Kansas City's top receiver, hauling in eight passes for 140 yards.

Ryan was 22 of 34 for 297 yards, but his two huge mistakes cost the Falcons (7-5). Julio Jones hauled in seven passes for 113 yards, while Devonta Freeman had a couple of 1-yard touchdown runs.

Forty-one-year-old Matt Bryant closed out the first half with the second-longest field goal of his career for the Falcons.

Barely across midfield, Bryant booted a 59-yarder that easily clear the crossbar, cutting Kansas City's lead to 20-16 at the break. The only longer kick for Bryant was a 62-yarder with Tampa Bay in 2006.

He also tied Atlanta's franchise record for longest field goal. Morten Andersen made a 59-yarder in 1995.

The Falcons lost left tackle Jake Matthews to a left knee injury in the first half.

Trainers put a sleeve over the knee, and Matthews tested it out on the sideline with some runs and cuts. But he headed to the locker room just before halftime and didn't return. Tom Compton finished out the game protecting Ryan's blind side.

Kansas City was again missing Jeremy Maclin, its leading receiver. He returned to practice Wednesday and it was thought he'd be able to play after sitting out three straight games with a groin injury. But he didn't dress against the Falcons.

Chiefs: Return home for a huge Thursday night game against AFC West rival Oakland, the first of three straight games at Arrowhead Stadium before the season finale at San Diego.

Falcons: Travel to Los Angeles next Sunday to take on the Rams.