Bolts beat Oakland to stay alive in playoff race

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Philip Rivers threw a go-ahead, 4-yard touchdown
pass to rookie Keenan Allen in the third quarter and the San Diego
Chargers remained alive in the playoff race by overcoming three
turnovers to beat Oakland 26-13 on Sunday.

The Chargers also got help from Buffalo, which beat
Miami 19-0, and was getting help from New England, which was leading

The Chargers (8-7), who have won three straight
games for the first time this season, need more help to end a three-year
playoff drought. They have to beat Kansas City at home next Sunday and
have Miami and Baltimore both lose.

Oakland (4-11) helped San Diego, too, by committing
12 penalties for 73 yards. Mike Jenkins was penalized 15 yards for
taunting Ryan Mathews after he pushed the running back out of bounds.
Allen scored six plays later.

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