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Chargers shock Seahawks 20-17

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
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    By Boltarious
    <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    Seattle- by way of CBSHD

    Phillip Rivers stood looking at the Seattle defense, trailing 17-13 with less than a minute to play, with all of America waiting to see what the kid could do in this situation. Rivers looked over the D, and knew he had the Seahawks right where he wanted them, coverage wise. Vincent Jackson also felt it, and ran the post on a play the Chargers like to call FLUTIE, in honor of one Doug Flutie- who's veteran leadership is still vibrating throughout the Chargers organization. Jackson said,"That thing just was hanging up there. All I saw was rain and the ball, I was like 'Come on. Come on down!' " Christmas came early for Charger fans all over the world on this play, as Jackson split the Seattle D, and Rivers threw a strike, giving the Chargers (13-2) an incredible 20-17 victory, over a stunned Seattle Seahawks (8-7) team and crowd, who gave the Chargers fits all afternoon. Seattle's 12th man was in full throat, I was impressed with their desire to beat us, and it felt just like a division game, which it was for decades.

    LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 123 yards, including a 62-yard scamper, but was held out of the end zone, ending his record setting scoring streak. LT was pleased with Jackson's efforts, saying "I'm just as happy seeing other guys score than when I score, People expect me to score so much sometimes that it's kind of a relief when other people do it." The Chargers should have no problem taking some of that weight off LT's back, as this is the best offense in the NFL.

    Seattle's gameplan was to keep LT under control, and force the Chargers to beat them with Rivers. And for 59 minutes, it worked to perfection, with the leagues highest scoring offense held to a TD and 2 FG's. But, this is the Chargers season so far, and I felt a comeback in my bones. I cant even count how many times other teams have done the last minute victory snatching thing TO my Bolts, but I give due credit to the football poobahs in the sky, that's ONE game back. Take it off the books. Now, let's do that 40 or 50 more times over the next 20 years, in order to balance it out...

    The real story of this game was the Charger defense, which played probably the finest overall game I have seen in decades. Seattle was handed chance after chance to blow the game wide open, and the D shut the Seahawks down. Even when Seattle had taken the lead, the D prevented the Hawks from putting the Chargers away. Shawne Merriman, Jacque Cesaire, and big IGOR Olshansky made Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck's life miserable from the first play, sacking him 6 times on the afternoon. Seahawk RB Shawn Alexander had his usual productive day, running for 127 yards and 2 TD's, including a 33-yard TD run. Turnovers were also in order for the day, thanks to the pouring rain, with both teams losing the ball regularly.

    Seattle also had a 96-yard kickoff return for a TD by Nate Burleson called back for holding, in retrospect, a huge call.

    After Rivers and Jackson put the Chargers back on top, the Defense shut down Seattle's last second desperation drive and the comeback was complete.
    20-17 final- whew... that was toooooo close....

    Next up for the Chargers, a chance to cement home field advantage throughout the playoffs by defeating the Arizona Cardinals- on New Years Eve at 1:15 pm, at the Q-

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