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Chargers roast Cardinals 27-20, clinch AFC home-field advantage

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <img width="338" height="225" alt="Shawne Merriman and Roman Oben dunk coach Marty Schottenheimer after a win against the Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium. K.C. ALFRED / Union-Tribune" title="Shawne Merriman and Roman Oben dunk coach Marty Schottenheimer after a win against the Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium. K.C. ALFRED / Union-Tribune" src="http://photos.signonsandiego.com/gallery1.5/albums/061231cardinals/KC_Cardinals260226x488.jpg" />

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

    San Diego - Sunday was a tale of two franchises traveling along opposite roads. The Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals came to the Q, with problems aplenty. While the Chargers have gone back and forth between dismal failure and soaring success, the Cards have been perennial losers for DECADES. The Bolts outlasted the Cardinals 27-20, making me glad once again that I did not stick with the Cardinals as a fan, after they fired Don Coryell back in 76- hey, wasn't that the last time the Cardinals were any good?

    San Diego had EVERYTHING to play for; Arizona had TEE TIMES lined up. A pretty game, this was not. But, it's still on the schedule, so lets git-r-dun.

    Arizona scored first; with 2 time LEAGUE MVP Kurt Warner looking sharp. Warner took advantage of LB Monty Beisel's interception of Phillip Rivers, driving the Cards 78 yards, with Edgerrin James getting an 8-yard TD.
    The entire stadium BOOOOED this TD, letting the Defense know that we were not about to let them take a day off.

    7-0 Cardinals... booooooooooooo

    Phillip Rivers suffered a sprained ankle on the Chargers second possession, but still managed to bring the Chargers into FG range, which Nate Kaeding drilled from 47 yards.

    7-3 Arizona....

    The Chargers finally got busy in the second quarter, with Rivers returning from the sideline to throw 2 TD passes, one to Antonio Gates and one to Vincent Jackson. Jackson has quietly become a go to guy for Rivers, and has taken some of the heat off LT.

    17-7 Chargers- halftime

    Arizona battled in the second half, but were outmanned at almost every position. The play that killed them was the muffed punt by Bryant Johnson; this was the result of Mike Scifres perfect twisting spiral 50-yard punt.
    Tim Dobbins recovered the ball in the endzone- a great play by the special teams!!!

    24-7 Chargers.

    While Arizona managed to make things interesting with 13 late points, San Diego closed them out when it counted, and called it a win.
    27-20 Chargers- happy New Year!!!

    Lets see- AFC West Champs, MVP LT, Home-field advantage, 14-2 best record ever by San Diego, 8-0 at home, just like I wanted, 492 points, most in team history, 17 sacks by Shawne Merriman to lead the NFL, 186 points by LT- all time NFL record, 1815 yards rushing by LT to lead the NFL, 28 rushing TD's by LT, 31 total TD's by LT- did I leave anything out? The GREATEST SEASON IN CHARGER HISTORY- period.

    Now- we wait, as wild card weekend unfolds, I predict a Chargers-Patriots playoff game- we will see if I'm right...
    See ya at the q next week!!!!

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