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                  === Mathews leads Chargers over Oakland ===
 
 San  Diego, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Ryan  Mathews ran  for 99  yards and  a
 touchdown  while  surpassing his  previous career-high for  rushing yards in a
 season  as the San  Diego Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 26-13
 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
 
 The  Chargers (8-7), who have won four of five, can clinch the sixth and final
 playoff  spot in the  AFC with a win over the Chiefs next Sunday and losses by
 Baltimore and Miami.
 
 San  Diego defeated  Kansas City  41-38 at  Arrowhead Stadium  earlier in  the
 season.
 
 Philip  Rivers  completed 19-of-29  passes for  201 yards,  a touchdown and an
 interception  for  San Diego. Danny Woodhead  gained 52 yards on eight carries
 and  rookie Keenan Allen hauled in his fifth touchdown catch in the last three
 games.
 
 "We  just kept on fighting," said San Diego head coach Mike McCoy. "That's the
 thing,  we just  kept  on going.  Running the  ball  efficiently, making  good
 decisions in the passing game. We just kept on fighting."
 
 Mathews'  previous  career-high for yards on  the ground came in 2011, when he
 collected  1,091. The fourth-year pro out of Fresno State now has 1,111 on the
 year with a game to go.
 
 Matt  McGloin threw for  206 yards and a pick in his sixth start of the season
 for Oakland (4-11), which lost its fifth straight game. Darren McFadden scored
 the  lone Raiders  touchdown, his first since Oct. 27, and Andre Holmes caught
 five passes for 71 yards.
 
 "Obviously, I'm disappointed that we lost the game," said Oakland coach Dennis
 Allen. "There's multiple factors that go into that. We had too many penalties,
 third downs."
 
 Nick  Novak opened the  scoring late in the first quarter with a 27-yard field
 goal to give the Chargers an early lead. Novak went 4-of-4 for the game.
 
 Early  in the second quarter, the Chargers were driving again when center Nick
 Hardwick  snapped the  ball while  Rivers  was making  an adjustment,  causing
 it  to trickle free. Miles Burris recovered for Oakland at the Raiders 42-yard
 line.
 
 The  Raiders took advantage of the miscue. On 3rd-and-5 from the San Diego 42,
 McGloin  went up  top for Mychal Rivera,  who hauled in a 37-yard reception to
 set up McFadden's 5-yard touchdown run.
 
 After Eric Weddle tipped and juggled an errant McGloin throw before reeling in
 a  diving  pick, a roughing the  passer penalty on Oakland set up 1st-and-goal
 from  the 7. Mathews took a handoff and absorbed a hit in the backfield before
 falling into the end zone on his second effort to put San Diego in front.
 
 Sebastian  Janikowski's  20-yard field goal late  in the half made it 10-10 at
 intermission.
 
 San  Diego went  back in front on Allen's short touchdown reception 10 minutes
 into  the third period and then padded the lead with a 48-yard Novak kick with
 56 ticks left in the frame.
 
 Novak  added two  more field goals around a Janikowski 3-pointer for the final
 margin.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Chargers are hoping to avoid missing the postseason for a fourth straight
 season  ...  The Chargers  have now  taken nine  of the  last 11 meetings with
 Oakland  at Qualcomm  Stadium ...  Rivers  improved to  29-6 as  a starter  in
 December ... Oakland went just 4-of-13 on third down.
 
 
 
 
 12/22 23:04:47 ET