It was over when ...
Kassim Osgood recovered a muffed punt deep in Raiders territory with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Jyles Tucker sacked and stripped JaMarcus Russell of the football, then recovered the fumble in the end zone to give the Chargers a 24-10 lead in the third quarter. Tucker's touchdown ignited the frustrated Chargers, who were able to finally gain control of the game. Tucker sacked and stripped Russell again on the Raiders' final play from scrimmage. Tucker finished with three sacks.
The Chargers wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the AFC -- the same spot the Colts were in last season when they won Super Bowl XLI. ... The Chargers have won nine consecutive games against Oakland, which last defeated San Diego in 2003, the year before Norv Turner was hired as coach of the Raiders. ... Making his first start of the season, top-pick Russell completed 23 of 31 passes for 224 yards, one TD and one INT.