Raiders finished the season in a loss against the Chargers 24-21, in hope for a turn around in the in 2013.
On a wet gloomy day in San Diego wide receiver Micheal Spurlock returned the opening kickoff for 99 yards for a touchdown to begin the day on what's expected to be Norv Turner's final game as Chargers coach.
The game continued on tensions built up in the second quarter of the AFC west rivalry game. Emotions heated as Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes engaged in an extended shoving match with running back Mike Goodson. Both players were ejected for ignoring the referees attempt to break them apart as they clawed at each other's face mask. In Spikes 15-year career in the NFL he has never been ejected in a game. As the teams went into their locker-room at half time the score was 17-7 with Chargers claiming the lead.
But that did not keep Raiders from battling away. The Silver and Black continued to move the ball were able to move the ball and slow down the Chargers attack in the second half but it wasn’t quiet enough to finish with a win.
The Raiders were led by their young quarterback Terrel Pryor, who made his first start in the NFL and did fairly well. Pryor hooked up for two touchdowns and rushed in for another only giving up one interception on a pass at the end-zone intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Pryor to DHB began the new era for the Silver and Black. With his first touchdown to Darrius Heyward-Bey, he continued to stay composed and as he showed a degree of maturity while playing from behind. He had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Pryor scored on a 3-yard run and a 5-yard pass to Denarius Moore that was set up by a blocked punt.
The Chargers had a historic day themselves as quarterback Phillip Rivers and tight-end Antonio Gates who hook up for the 56th Touchdown, the most-ever in NFL history between a QB and TE. Gates has 83 career Touchdowns and is tied with WR Lance Alworth for the second most touchdowns in franchise history.
For the Raiders this season wasn't a step backwards even if the team finished with a losing record. Both Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen agree they have lots of work and improvements to make on their part come the off-season and a winning season wasn’t expected to come quickly to this organization that is a building mode. Now all the Raiders fans can look forward to the exciting off-season and the NFL draft.