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Chargers: In a nutshell

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Dec 19, 2005.

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    December 19, 2005

    The Chargers can thank a fierce pass rush – which drove Peyton Manning bonkers – and big plays for spoiling the Colts' perfect season and keeping their own playoff hopes alive.

    Sack time

    The Chargers' pass rushers – who had four sacks – made the life of Colts QB Peyton Manning miserable. His numbers yesterday compared to his average game going into the loss:

    ATTCOMPPCT.YDSSK/YDTD INT RAT.

    Yesterday452657.83364/221270.2

    Year30.320.768.3253.1.9/4.52.1.6108.2

    Tim Sullivan's report card

    Quarterback

    C

    Drew Brees threw two baffling interceptions and made one untimely fumble, but he persevered and prevailed.

    Running back

    A 7/8

    LaDainian Tomlinson is still not himself, but Michael Turner is a more than reasonable facsimile.

    Receiver

    A

    Showed sure hands despite some huge hits. Keenan McCardell made the biggest plays, but Eric Parker deserves a special commendation.

    Offensive line

    B+

    Hearing was hard, Indy was unbeaten, but except for Nick Hardwick's back-to-back holding penalties, Bolts' blockers came up big.

    Defensive line

    A+

    No place to run. No place to hide. Mighty Colts managed just 1.6 yards per running play.

    Linebacker

    A

    Just a dominant day for Shawne Merriman. Still just a rookie.

    Secondary

    B+

    Peyton Manning threw for 336 yards, all of them earned. Quentin Jammer makes his first interception of the season.

    Special teams

    A

    Nate Kaeding's four field goals were progressively pressurized. McCardell rates a demerit for fielding a punt at his 1-yard line.

    Coaching

    A+

    Chargers mounted more pressure on Peyton Manning than he has seen all season. Wade Phillips, take a bow.

    Next opportunity (at Kansas City)

    B

    Chargers have an outside chance at the playoffs, Chiefs only a remote possibility.

    by the numbers

    2

    Interceptions by Chargers cornerbacks Drayton Florence and Quentin Jammer, their first of the season.

    4

    Times the Chargers sacked Peyton Manning, for the second straight season. No other team has more than three since 2003.

    25

    Rushing yards by Edgerrin James, the second-lowest total of his career in a game where he had more than one carry. He had at least 100 yards in all six previous Colts home games.

    83

    Yards covered by Michael Turner on his touchdown run, the longest TD run by a Charger since 1962 and the third-longest ever.

    113

    Career-high rushing yards by Turner, the first 100-yard game against the Colts this year.

    7/8 Jay Posner

    24-7

    Marty Schottenheimer's coaching record against the Raiders.

    190

    Yards rushing by the Chargers, the third time in the last four games they have had at least 183.

    1,129

    Yards rushing in nine career games by Tomlinson against the Raiders (125.4 average).

    – JAY POSNER
     

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