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Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley returns an interception 74 yards against the Bears. Oakland picks off new Chicago starter Caleb Hanie three times.

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Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley returns an interception 74 yards against the Bears. Oakland picks off new Chicago starter Caleb Hanie three times.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Missing some of their biggest playmakers and unable to get the ball into the end zone for much of the day, the Raiders held the Bears and their fill-in quarterback in large part because of their kicking game.

Former Florida State standout Sebastian Janikowski kicked a team-record six field goals, Shane Lechler had an 80-yard punt and neutralized ace returner Devin Hester, and Oakland took advantage of three interceptions from Chicago's Caleb Hanie to beat the Bears 25-20 Sunday.

Janikowski made field goals of 40, 47, 42, 19, 37 and 44 yards to break the team record he shared with Jeff Jaeger.

Lechler helped control field position with a 49.2 yard net average, pinning Hester and the Bears inside the 20 on three of five punts and booming the team-record 80-yarder over his head with a boot that generated "oohs" and "aahs" from the crowd and his teammates.

The two kickers are the only remaining ties to the teams that won three straight AFC West titles from 2000-02.

"Our two kickers are fantastic," coach Hue Jackson said. "There's not another punter or kicker in the National Football League I would ever want to have on the football team. I said to the team when this was over, those were the two men who were here the last time this team was 7-4. Those guys have a lot to do with it."

Oakland's Carson Palmer threw for 301 yards and Michael Bush iced the game with a touchdown run in the fourth.

Hanie struggled in his first career start for the Bears in place of Jay Cutler, who broke his right thumb last week in Chicago's fifth straight win.

Hanie had thrown only 14 regular-season passes since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He threw for 254 yards but had three interceptions, including a crusher late in the first half deep in Oakland territory.

"I was a little antsy early on," he said. "A little bit too amped, I feel like. Just kind of felt a little pressure and sailed it on him."

The game ended when Hanie botched a play with four seconds left. Instead of immediately spiking the ball to stop the clock, he took an extra step back and hesitated, leading to a game-ending intentional grounding call.

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Raiders 25, Bears 20 11/27/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 27, 2011 11:03pm]
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