Oakland, California (AP) -- Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers opened the season doing what they do best: beating the Oakland Raiders.
Rivers answered a pair of go-ahead scored by Oakland by leading two touchdown drives. He completed six of seven passes for 79 yards on the final drive that was capped by Darren Sproles' 5-yard run with 18 seconds left that gave the Chargers their 12th straight victory in this one-sided rivalry, 24-20.
This might have been the toughest one of the bunch. JaMarcus Russell had given Oakland a 20-17 lead with a 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie Louis Murphy with 2:34 left. But Rivers calmly led the Chargers down the field for the winning score for the defending AFC West champions.