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Terrelle Pryor, Charles Woodson lead Raiders past Chargers 27-17

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) passes as San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te'o (50) applies pressure during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — Terrelle Pryor's day began with talk that the Oakland Raiders were interested in acquiring another quarterback in Josh Freeman.

It ended with perhaps his best game yet as an NFL quarterback.

Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and then set up a late field goal by turning a potential sack into a third-and-long conversion that gave the Raiders a 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.

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"That's what the kid brings to us," coach Dennis Allen said. "Terrelle brings that ability when things aren't right, when things break down, he brings that ability to make plays."

Despite that ability that has Oakland fans as excited as they have been for years about their quarterback, Pryor apparently still has some doubters to win over. The Raiders (2-3) were reportedly one of the teams interested in signing Freeman before the former Tampa Bay quarterback reached a deal with Minnesota instead late Sunday night.

"I heard some of it and at the end of the day I can't really control what I can't control," Pryor said. "Whatever happens, happens. No one's going to work harder than me, so I try not to focus on things I can't control."

Charles Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown and then sealed the win with a late interception as the two most popular Raiders turned this rare late-night start into a celebration.

Philip Rivers had his third 400-yard passing game of the season, throwing for 411 yards and two touchdowns. But he also had three interceptions as the Chargers (2-3) turned the ball over five times in the loss.

Here are five things to take away from the Raiders win over the Chargers:

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