Finding out afterward that the Raiders got the help they needed to win the division when Denver lost, left Jackson fuming at his team's shoddy performance.
"At some point in time as a group of men, you go in the game, and you can say whatever you want about coaches, you win the game," Jackson said. "Here's your time. Here's your time to make plays. We didn't get them stopped. And we didn't make enough plays, so yeah, I'm (angry) at the team. .... When you have those kinds of opportunities, you've got to do it, and we didn't do it."
"It wasn't our goal to end their season, but it is kind of nice because we're going home as well," San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson said.
"It's special because a lot of people think there's nothing to play for," said Turner, who wouldn't address if he thought he'd be back next season. "Every time you walk out of the locker room onto the field as a player or coach, there's a lot to play for."
Rivers completed 19 for 26 passes for 310 yards and was at his best on a key drive in the fourth quarter after Oakland cut San Diego's lead to 31-26 with 9:37 to go.
"If you can't stop a team with everything on the line, you don't deserve to be a playoff team," defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. "We didn't get it done. So this one hurts. It stings for sure. It's disappointing. It's frustrating."
Oakland seemed in control in the AFC West after beating Chicago 25-20 on Nov. 27 to improve to 7-4. But they lost four of their final five games, including squandering a late 13-point lead at home to Detroit two weeks ago to finish out of the postseason for the ninth straight year.
"We came into the game hoping and wishing and with your fingers crossed about other games," Palmer said. "Then to find out it worked out the way you needed it to and to lose this one and the Detroit game. It's going to be a long offseason."
The Raiders set single-season records for penalties and yards penalized by committing eight for 64 yards. That gave them 163 for 1,358 yards, surpassing the totals of 158 for 1,304 set by the 1998 Chiefs. The record-setting penalty was a hold by Rock Cartwright on the opening kick of the second half.
The day got off to a bad start for the Raiders, who were eliminated from the wild-card chase when Tennessee held on to beat Houston 23-22 and the New York Jets lost 19-17 at Miami. But there were no score updates given all day at the Coliseum as Jackson wanted his team to keep focused on the task at hand.
The game started off well as Oakland drove 95 yards on its first possession to score on Palmer's 3-yard TD pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey. The drive was aided by a pair of personal fouls against San Diego, including one that got San Diego's leading sacker, Antwan Barnes, ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
But Oakland then allowed a 38-yard TD pass from Rivers to Antonio Gates, a 1-yard run by Tolbert after a pass interference call in the end zone against Stanford Routt tied the single-season penalty record and Goodman's 105-yard kickoff return for a score.