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NFL: San Diego 38, Oakland 26

Jan. 1, 2012 at 8:28 PM

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Philip Rivers tossed three touchdown passes Sunday and the San Diego Chargers dashed Oakland's playoff hopes with a 38-26 win over the Raiders.

Rivers amassed 310 yards, connecting with Malcolm Floyd seven times for 127 yards and a touchdown, while finding Antonio Gates with five passes for 106 yards and a score.

The Chargers (8-8) finished the season with four wins in five games.

The Raiders (8-8) lost for fourth time in five games and came up short in their bid to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002. They needed a win to take the AFC West title outright, but Denver, which also lost Sunday, took the crown in a tie-breaker.

Carson Palmer went 28-of-43 through the air for 417 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Oakland.

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