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Chargers Outlast Bengals 49-41

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <img title="CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 12: LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers dives for a touchdown in front of Tory James #20 and Landon Johnson #59 of Cincinnati Bengals on November 12, 2006 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)" height="221" alt="CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 12: LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers dives for a touchdown in front of Tory James #20 and Landon Johnson #59 of Cincinnati Bengals on November 12, 2006 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)" src="http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/58/full.getty-71465394jm005_san_diego_cha_3_04_39_pm.jpg" width="331" />

    By Boltarious
    <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    Cincinnati, by way of CBSHD

    Don Coryell and Sid Gilman are both smiling today, Don being in Hawaii, and Sid, coaching up in the heavens. They are smiling because the Chargers won an old fashioned shoot out in Cincy, to the tune of 49 - 41. This was the kind of game that I was weaned on, a "who has the ball last" thriller.

    It seems that whenever the Bengals (4-5) and Chargers (7-2) get together, the points fly onto the board. This was the AFL at its best, with big hits and bigger plays. "It took me back to the old AFL days where you just try to find a way to have one more point than they do," Chargers General Marty Schottenheimer said. "It was the kind of game that makes the NFL the most popular sport in the world. If you couldn't enjoy this -- other than coach Lewis and his crowd -- then you might not enjoy football."

    This was Ladainian Tomlinson putting the Chargers on his back once again, scoring a team record tying 4 TD's; in helping the Bolts overcome a massive early deficit. LT was spent afterwards, and told the post game press- "Being involved in that game, it was about like it was a cartoon or something, Exhausting. I can't wait until I get on the bus, where I can think and wonder what happened today."

    This was also QB phenom Phillip Rivers best Dan Fouts impression to date, throwing for 337 yards and 3 TD's while under tremendous pressure all day. The kid can play."  Said Antonio Gates about Rivers great afternoon- " As he grows as a player, he's (Rivers) unbelievable, he's doing a tremendous job leading this team. He was on the sideline saying they were going to need to score more than 28 points to beat us. What more could you ask for in a leader?"
    Dan Fouts would be proud, and I bet he is...

    The Bengals got off to the quick start, one that the Chargers had better not let happen in Denver on Sunday.

    Lets see...
    TD J. Johnson
    7-0 Cincy
    TD R. Johnson
    14-0 Cincy
    TD C. Johnson
    21-0 Cincy

    Hell, the only Johnson who did not score for the Bengals was Pete Johnson, and that's only because he is retired.

    21-0 is not a good way to start ones football morning.

    But I knew that it was going to be different today, and told everyone within earshot that we would still win the game.
    B E L I E V E !!

    LT put San Diego back on the comeback trail, scoring from 9 yards out, and reinforcing my belief that Cincinnati would need a lot more points to beat us.

    21-7 Bengals...

    Chris Henry scored for the Bengals almost instantly, hauling in a 7-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer. Said Palmer about his losing afternoon-"  31 of 42 for 440 yards, with 3 touchdowns. "It's not good, it's a tough situation to be in. We just have to keep fighting and we might be able to scrape into the playoffs. You never know -- 9-7 could get in."
    Bring it on, see ya at the Q..

    28-7 Bengals, time to get to work.

    Call that the half, a wild one that would get wilder.
    This game reminded me of a certain 44-41 1985 victory by the Bolts over the Bengals at Cincy,
    A great Little Train afternoon- aka Lionel James.

    San Diego got busy from this point on, an incredible offensive display. The only things missing were Wes Chandler, and Chuck Muncie

    Let the scoring cavalcade commence...
    TD Tomlinson from 4 yards out
    28-14"  Bengals
    TD Malcolm Floyd, a great catch and run for 46 yards
    28-21"  Bengals
    FG Shayne Graham from 21 yards
    31-21 Bengals
    TD Brandon Malumaleuna reception from 9 yards out.
    31-28 Bengals- one could actually hear the sphincters tightening all around Paul Brown Stadium.
    TD Chad Johnson again, this time from 74 yards out, on a BLOWN coverage.
    38-28 Bengals, you gotta believe...

    End of the 3rd quarter- never give up...

    The 4th Quarter was as entertaining as any I have ever seen, at least if you are a Charger fan, but if you are a Bengal fan, that was U G L Y ...

    Ladainian Tomlinson Scored again from 2 yards out, drawing the Bolts back within 3 points, with 14:55 still on the clock.

    38-35 Bengals- one more big play baby...

    The Defense finally made that play, with Shawn Phillips sacking Palmer, stripping him of the ball, and recovering it himself. Phillips gave the Ball back to PR and LT at the Cincy 9 yard line- easy pickens.

    TD Tomlinson from 9 yards- how hard was that? .

    42-38 CHARGERS!!!!!! magnificent!!!!

    Cincy managed one more FG from Graham, drawing within 42-41, and forcing me to wear a hole in the living room flooring...

    Now comes the knockout blow, a great drive that culminated with Malumaleuna hauling in his 2nd TD pass from Rivers, a great scramble and toss by Rivers. " I was going to run it, then I remembered how fast guys are in this league," PR pontificated afterward, "I just flipped it." Legends are born on such flips...

    49-41 Chargers- all we gotta do now is finish the job...

    Cincinnati drove all the way to the SD 14 yard line, on the strength of Palmers arm, but his 8th consecutive pass on the drive was batted down on 4th and 9, and San Diego could run out the clock with a couple kneel downs. :) :) :)


    No matter what I write, I will never be able to fully capture what a great ballgame this was, one that is the reason I starter watching football for in the first place.
    Watching the exodus of Bengal fans after we took the lead was sweeeeet. Quitters...

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other time the Chargers have overcome a 21-point deficit was Oct. 9, 1983, when they fell behind 21-0 before beating Seattle 28-21 in San Diego. I was there, and only 20 years old-
    I think Ronnie Reagan was prez...
    Gawd I'm OLD, and yet not...

    It was San Diego's highest point total since a 50-28 win over Miami on Sept. 7, 1986. that was the Gary Anderson game- it was also Don Coryell's last coaching win..

    It was the seventh 400-yard passing game by a Bengals quarterback and the first since Jon Kitna did it in 2001. ...
    Thanks NFL.com for quotes and stats.

    Next Week is Denver- in the BIG game of the season so far,
    Kickoff at 1 pm pacific...

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