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Chargers postgame

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/11/28/sports/professional/chargers/112705193050.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    KEY STAT: 41 - Number of yards LaDainian Tomlinson ran for the game-winning TD.


    When Casey Rabach was called for holding on the Redskins' last series, it forced John Hall to attempt a 52-yard field goal. He missed.


    Oakland Raiders

    + 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium


    "This is what championship teams are made of, and that's our goal ---- to be the world champs." ---- LB Steve Foley on the Chargers' fortitude.



    LaDainian Tomlinson

    Hotter than a partisan debate in an election year.


    Nate Kaeding

    Acted too much like a staunch liberal ---- wide left on two of three field-goal tries.


    > DE DeQuincy Scott (leg)

    > TE Justin Peelle (shoulder)

    > LB Steve Foley (neck)


    The key block that sprang Tomlinson for the winning touchdown was delivered by RG Mike Goff. The Chargers were running a power gap play, where the left side of the line walls off the defenders, then Goff pulls from his side to clear the way for Tomlinson.

    "I hit the first person I saw pulling around,'' Goff said of nailing FS Sean Taylor. "Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw L.T. go and I didn't see anybody there. I said, 'Man, score and lets go home before it gets cold.' ''


    Foley, the Chargers' sack leader last season, was back in the starting lineup after missing three games because of an abdominal strain.

    "I kind of felt like a newborn coming out of the womb and seeing this big, bright light and you don't know how to react to it,'' Foley said of returning to the field. "It took me a little while to really get into it and to get fluid.''

    Foley finished with five tackles and a sack.


    Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer is careful not to call any game a must-win, unless it really is. But the reality was if the Chargers would have lost and fallen to 6-5, their playoff hopes would have become super-model slim.

    "This win is huge,'' said Schottenheimer, the second former Redskins coach in two weeks to beat his old employer, following Oakland's Norv Turner. "I don't ever like to put 'you must win' on any football game. Because if you should fail, then what do you tell the players? Having said that, this was clearly a big, big victory for us.''


    Tomlinson returned to an old pair of cleats in rushing for his second-highest of total of yards this season.

    Afterward, he slipped on a dark suit with a black-and-red pair of dress shoes, which reminded some of bowling shoes.

    "I can't bowl that good,'' he said. "I usually get around 100.''


    > Washington DT Joe Salave'a, an Oceanside High alumnus, left the game in the third quarter because of a foot injury.

    > Chargers WR Eric Parker took over for Darren Sproles on punt returns and averaged 6.4 yards on five efforts.

    > The Chargers' inactives were LB Ben Leber, TE Landon Trusty, S Jerry Wilson, DE Derreck Robinson and OL Roman Oben, Wes Sims and Cory Lekkerkerker.

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