SAN DIEGO -- There was no way the Chargers could get through Sunday without doing some serious scoreboard watching.
Buffalo's 19-0 win against Miami was being shown on the scoreboard video screen while the Chargers were warming up for their game against Oakland. Updates of New England's 41-7 victory against Baltimore were shown during the game.
"All three went our way today, including the one we had our control in," Rivers said. "Same boat next week. We need all three to go our way. The only one we can control is the one here against the Chiefs."
Mathews limped to the locker room in the fourth quarter but later returned to the game. He left the stadium wearing a protective boot on his left foot.
"It shouldn't have been close, but they don't give you any extra points for winning by a bigger margin," Rivers said. "Just find a way to win."
Oakland (4-11) helped San Diego, too, by committing a dozen penalties. Mike Jenkins was penalized 15 yards for taunting Mathews after he pushed the running back out of bounds. Allen scored six plays later.
The only score of the first half that wasn't set up by a turnover was a 27-yard field goal by Novak in the first quarter.
"Really, the series of the game was us holding them to a field goal at the end of the half," Weddle said. "That gave us some momentum. We made it interesting for a while but the better team won today. Just a great team win to have everything on the line and to struggle for a little bit but to show some character and toughness to overcome those issues we had.
Novak kicked three more field goals in the second half, from 48, 28 and 33 yards. Janikowski added a 42-yarder.
"We were right there in the game," Oakland's Charles Woodson said, referring to the halftime tie. "There really wasn't a whole lot that needed to be fixed. It was a close ballgame, our game to go out there and win."
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