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Chargers postgame show

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/10/03/sports/professional/chargers/10205192310.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    KEY STAT: 41 - Most points scored on the Patriots in nearly seven years.

    TURNING POINT

    For almost nine minutes in the fourth quarter, the Chargers hogged the ball on a drive that demoralized the Pats and delivered a 34-17 lead.

    NEXT GAME

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    > 6 p.m. Monday

    QUOTABLE

    "There is so much character on this football team. I've been on a team that won a Super Bowl, and it didn't have as much character as this team.'' ---- Chargers left tackle Roman Oben

    SIDELINES

    WHO'S HOT

    Chargers' offensive line

    No sacks for QB Drew Brees, plus 183 rushing yards and two TDs. Enough said.

    WHO'S NOT

    Patriots' defense

    Good thing the other patriots provided a stiffer fight against the British.

    INJURY REPORT

    > RB/KR Darren Sproles (ankle)

    > S Hanik Milligan (ankle)

    > S Bhawoh Jue (shoulder)

    > DB Eric Parker (neck)

    > RT Shane Olivea (cramps)

    YEP, IT'S CALDWELL

    Didn't you used to be Reche Caldwell? The forgotten Chargers receiver entered the game with one catch for 9 yards this year. He exited it with two more receptions for 36 yards, which included a 28-yard touchdown.

    "It felt good to get out there and run around and make a few catches,'' Caldwell said. "It was frustrating (not playing), but I just continued to work and continued to show them I can make plays when I would have the opportunity.''

    OL, OH YEAH

    Brees showered the offensive line with praise, as did RB LaDainian Tomlinson and coach Marty Schottenheimer.

    Despite going against the Pats' nasty front, and playing with a left guard, Kris Dielman, making his second NFL start, the Chargers' blockers were dominant.

    "Our OL did a heck of a job,'' Brees said. "They battled all game.''

    That battle was made tougher with a Chargers scheme that was up-tempo and often no-huddle.

    "I don't know if you understand how hard it is to go no-huddle as an offensive linemen, play after play, and keep going and going,'' Brees said.

    Added Schottenheimer: "It's important to note that the offensive line did a terrific job. We didn't have a sack and they probably played as good a game today as they have all season.''

    HIT MAN MISSING

    Although the Pats say otherwise, it was obvious the defense wasn't as physical without All-Pro S Rodney Harrison. The former Charger seriously injured his knee last week and will miss the season.

    "Any time a leader goes down like him, it's hard to come back and be the same defense,'' Brees said. "We all know Rodney and the type of player he is and the type of leader he was for that team and that defense. It's tough to lose a guy like that."

    QUICK HITS

    > The Chargers outgained the Pats 431 yards to 304.

    > On third downs, the Chargers were successful on 7-of-12 (58 percent) and held the Pats to 4-of-11 (36 percent). The Chargers were 5-of-6 on third downs in the second half, and that included a touchdown.

    > Tomlinson scored a touchdown for the 16th consecutive game.

    > The Patriots wore their silver jerseys for the only time this season, and fourth time ever. They are 3-1 in the duds.

    > LB Ben Leber and DE Luis Castillo avoided fines for their rouging the quarterback penalties last week against Giants QB Eli Manning.
     

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