Once again, it was Vincent and Vincent, a two-man show that often plays in the end zone. For sheer spectacle, there was rookie wide receiver Vincent Brown, the San Diego State product who might’ve had two acrobatic, high-wire touchdown catches against the Oakland Raiders. Only one of them counted, though, as the other was nullified by one of the darndest calls you’ll ever see. And then there was Vincent Jackson, coming off an eight-catch, three-touchdown game against the Green Bay Packers, but pretty much silenced by the Raiders until Philip Rivers again went looking for him in the end zone with a deep ball. Instead, the catch of the golden-arch throw was made by Oakland safety Matt Giordano for the play that essentially quashed whatever reasonable chance the Chargers had of at least tying the game before its finish. Two defensive backs clearly had position on Jackson as the ball floated downward. Because Jackson is a powerful 6-foot-5, accustomed to using his size advantage, the Hail Mary had more hope that zoom on it. The 5-foot-11 Giordano came down with it, though, in a jump-off that never really materialized. Jackson never left the ground. “He didn’t see it,” said Rivers in Jackson’s defense. “It’s unfortunate because I think we might have had a chance. If he had seen it, I think he might have been able to go up and get it. Conversely, Jackson wasn’t to be seen in the locker room. For the second straight week, his stall was devoid of clothing and player when the locker room door opened to the media. All that was left for assessment was Jackson’s stat line on the final scoring sheet: Seven times targeted, he caught one pass, a 22-yarder in the fourth quarter. The intimation, perpetuated by television replays, that Jackson’s flat-footedness on the crucial reflected any lack of effort was quickly scotched. “I don’t know how it looked,” said one teammate, “but I don’t believe that could be said of anyone in this locker room.” The other Vincent, on this night, was the Vincent. Brown called it his “breakthrough” when he caught four passes for 79 yards, setting up two of Jackson’s scores against Green Bay. Again starting in place of the injured Malcom Floyd, Brown had five receptions for 97 yards, including the TD play on which he went up between two Raiders and simply wrestled it away from them. “You’ve just gotta try to make a play,” said Brown. “You do whatever you can to get your team out of the hole.” Win, lose on appeal For what it’s worth, Raiders head coach Hue Jackson’s wrong decision to challenge a fumble caused by Antwan Barnes’ sack of quarterback Carson Palmer left the Chargers one of only two teams in the NFL that hasn’t had an officials’ ruling overturned by a toss of the red flag. However, it was a later review by the officals that took away Brown’s second touchdown, another play wherein he went airborne and used his strength to pull the ball away from corner Lito Sheppard. According to referee Ed Hochuli, the TD call was overruled because of what happened in that half-instant before Brown took control of the ball from Sheppard. “”The ball was still loose, and it was touched by the defender (Sheppard) who was out of bounds,” said referee Ed Hochuli. “Therefore, you have a loose ball; being touched by a player out of bounds. That makes the ball out of bounds and makes it an incomplete pass.” The call surely would’ve been much more controversial if the Chargers hadn’t gone on to score on the same drive. Ed Who? As if the crowd for any Chargers-Raiders game isn’t volatile enough, the referee assigned to this prime-time game was Hochuli, the introduction of whose name was roundly booed. Hochuli’s name has pretty much been mud in San Diego since his admittedly wrong call – for which he issued a written apology — that cost the Chargers a 2008 loss to the Broncos in Denver. It was the Hochuli’s first assignment in San Diego since, though he’d worked a couple of Chargers road games in the preseason. Hochuli may have taught the crowd something with his announcement midway through the first quarter, too. Even the Chargers fans in attendance might’ve thought it looked like Chargers corner Quentin Jammer had interfered with wide receiver Jacoby Ford on a lame and incomplete pass by punter Shane Lechler. Hochuli made a point of informing the crowd that pass-interference may not be called on a fake punt. Hint, ,hint At the same time, the Chargers should’ve been alerted to something different when Lechler came into the game on fourth-and-1 at the Chargers 34-yard line. Ordinarily, the Raiders would’ve sent out thunder-footed placekicker Sebastian Janikowski for a 51-yarder, a veritable chip shot for him. Janikowski’s carrying around a strained hamstring, though, and was forced to use a one-step walk-up to kickoffs. And still he managed to get one of his kickoffs through the end zone. Conversely, while Chargers placekicker Nick Novak provided a 3-0 lead with a 20-yard field goal, he missed a three-point try at Qualcomm for the first time since taking over for the injured Nate Kaeding. “I didn’t finish the kick,” said Novak. “The big thing for me is finishing my kick. I felt like I punched it.” Away, away! Back on the road the weekend after next, the Chargers might find more of their own fans at Soldier Field. To be sure, the word “homestand” could be used loosely for the two straight games against the Green Bay Packers and Raiders at Qualcomm. There seemed to be even more black-clad fans than Green Bay greens, presuming Chargers season-ticket holders would want to see the defending Super Bowl champions and more inclined to sell their seats to avoid three hours surrounded by Raiders fans. There wasn’t such a preponderance of Raider-backers fans, though, that the Chargers didn’t get booed (loudly) off the field at halftime. Long time coming When Raiders return man Denarius Moore let a booming punt skitter into the end zone in the second quarter, the public-address announcer put some extra oomph into revealing that Mike Scifres had unloaded a 71-yard punt. Scifres smacked himself in the helmet, though, as if he’d made a mistake. It was his 24th punt of the season, coming in the ninth game – and the first Scifres boot that resulted in a touchback. That guy, that song If the voice singing the protracted version of “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” before the game sounded familiar to those in attendance, it’s probable one they’ve heard before, over and over and over again for decades. The singer was Leonard Tucker, who made the recording of the “San Diego SuperChargers” song that’s been played at games since 1979.