Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/11/12
The late Monday night game showcasing the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers was probably missed by fans of either team who reside on the East Coast as the contest ended after one in the morning. That was probably for the best as Oakland lost what looked to be a battle of ineptitude 22-14.Early risers might have been fooled initially by the final score into thinking it was a close game, but don't be mistaken, this was an ugly one overall for both sides.Despite the lack of entertainment value, one player stood out as the hero of the game.That man would be Raiders' quarterback Carson Palmer.For all the questions surrounding him, his age, his injuries, the conspicuous absence of offensive firepower and the apparent determination of some of his teammates to hand over the game, Palmer managed to keep the Raiders in it until the bitter end with his 297 yards and one touchdown in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.Even a collapsing offensive line as the clock wound down didn't se...
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