Check a box score and you'll see that San Diego went down 12-0 in the first quarter against the lowly Raiders today. But how they did it is the part that is amazing.â†µ
First, the Chargers went three and out, and the Raiders blocked a punt for a safety. Then Mike Scifres kicked the safety punt out of bounds, giving Oakland the ball at midfield; the Raiders turned that drive into a field goal. San Diego responded with another three and out — but that punt got blocked and returned for a touchdown. Fortunately, the Chargers went on to put two long drives together in the quarter. Unfortunately, both of them ended with fumbles in the Oakland red zone.
It could have been one of those terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days for the Chargers, but they've righted the ship since that disastrous first period. The Chargers now lead 14-12 in the second quarter, and are otherwise throttling the still-hapless Raiders.