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Chargers look for sixth straight

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- LaDainian Tomlinson and the red-hot San Diego Chargers look to win their sixth straight game and continue their push for an AFC postseason berth when they host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

    Since dropping a heartbreaking 20-17 decision to the Philadelphia Eagles on October 23, the Chargers have re-established themselves as legitimate playoff contenders.

    San Diego enters this contest tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the sixth and final postseason berth. The Chargers trail first-place Denver by one game in the AFC West Division.

    In order to reach the playoffs for the second straight season, the Chargers will have to survive a difficult remaining schedule which includes consecutive road games against unbeaten Indianapolis and Kansas City and a home contest to conclude the season against Denver.

    San Diego's brutal schedule makes this contest a virtual must-win. The Chargers have lost five straight against the Dolphins since posting a 22-21 victory in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on January 8, 1995.

    Tomlinson has been San Diego's primary offensive catalyst, averaging 131 all-purpose yards and scoring a total of eight touchdowns during the team's recent hot streak.

    A four-time Pro Bowler, Tomlinson needs just 28 rushing yards to join Eric Dickerson and Eddie George as the only players in NFL history to reach 1,200 yards in each of his first five seasons.

    Despite getting just 86 yards from Tomlinson last week, the Chargers cruised to an easy 34-10 triumph over the Oakland Raiders.

    Drew Brees completed 17-of-22 attempts for 160 yards and two TDs for San Diego, which improved to 4-2 at home this season.

    The Dolphins have won consecutive games and still have a slim shot at catching New England in the AFC East.

    With a thrilling 24-23 victory over the Buffalo Bills last week, Miami remained two games behind the New England with four games remaining.

    Chris Chambers finished with 15 receptions for 238 yards and caught the game-winning four-yard TD pass last Sunday for the Dolphins, who erased a 21-point first-quarter deficit.

    This game also will serve as a homecoming of sorts for Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, a San Diego native who has shown signs of improvement over the last three weeks.

    Williams ran for 46 yards and a TD last week and has gained a total of 211 yards on the ground over his last three games.

    Matchup to watch: Chambers, who set single-game franchise records in both receptions and yards last week, lines up against Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer.

    Series: Tied, 10-10.

    Next week: Miami hosts NY Jets, December 18 San Diego visits Indianapolis, December 18
     

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