Raiders 15, Chargers 13
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Oakland rookie Sebastian Janikowski didn’t miss when it counted, leaving the San Diego Chargers stunned and still winless.
Janikowski kicked a 24-yard field goal with 13 seconds left _ his fifth of the night _ to give the Oakland Raiders a wild 15-13 win on Sunday night.
Janikowski finished 5-for-6 and the Raiders won their fifth straight game to improve to 7-1. The Chargers fell to 0-8 and are three games shy of matching their worst start ever, 0-11 in 1975.
The Chargers appeared to have the game in hand when Jim Harbaugh threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Freddie Jones, which gave them a 13-12 lead with 5:58 to play.
That drive was set up when Chargers star linebacker Junior Seau intercepted Rich Gannon’s shovel pass midway through the fourth quarter.
But Gannon came back and moved the Raiders downfield with precision, gaining 68 yards on 13 plays. The big play was a 9-yard pass to Andre Rison on third down to get the Raiders into field goal range. The Raiders ran down the clock and sent in Janikowski for the winning kick.
Janikowski missed a 42-yard attempt in the third quarter that would have given Oakland a 15-7 lead. But he had given the Raiders a 12-0 halftime lead with kicks of 40, 40, 54 and 29 yards.
Janikowski, who struggled early in the season, kicked a 47-yard field goal to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 20-17 on Oct. 15.
After Chargers rookie Ronney Jenkins had a 47-yard kickoff return to the 50 with five seconds left, Harbaugh’s desperation pass was picked off.