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Chargers stall jet engines in final seconds

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.sdboltreport.com" target="_blank">SD Bolt Report</a>

    The Chargers, up by as many as 15 points, held a lead through 59 minutes of the game before that was in jeopardy with the Jets inside the ten yard line.

    Left tackle Leander Jordan, who had been solid on the day in his sixth NFL start and first on the left side, allowed John Abraham to get around the corner and sack Brees with three minutes to go in the game and the Chargers up by five. Abraham caused a fumble which linebacker Jonathan Vilma hopped on at the Chargers 31 yard line.

    Brooks Bollinger hit Laveranues Coles for nine yards and Wayne Chrebet for a first down inside the ten with a minute and 46 seconds on the clock. A personal foul on Donnie Edwards for throwing Jerald Sowell around when he was already out of bounds put the ball on the four-yard line. On fourth and goal from the three, Bollinger tried to his Justin McCerins in the end zone but Quentin Jammer knocked the ball away and preserve the 31-26 victory.

    The Chargers opening drive, starting at the 41 after a missed field goal from 51 yards out by Mike Nugent, used a lot of LaDainian Tomlinson and it paid off when he scored a rushing touchdown from four yards out. Tomlinson accounted for 38 yards on the 59 yard scoring drive.

    Wide receiver Reche Caldwell caught two balls on the Bolts' second drive of the game and didn't fumble. Tomlinson then made a cut that made Ty Law look the fool. The running back caught the ball out of the backfield and made a shim-sham cut inside that left Law stuttering to understand, as Tomlinson cruised into the end zone from 25 yards out to put the Chargers up by 14.

    The Jets struck back quickly when Vinny Testaverde hit Chris Baker down the seam to the Chargers seven as Shawne Merriman was in coverage. The 47-yard pass setup a touchdown run by Curtis Martin, his 100th career touchdown, to cut the lead to 14-7.

    The Chargers continued to pour it on in the third series. They converted a third down and 20 when Drew Brees hit Keenan McCardell and Antonio Gates setup first and goal with a 29 yard reception. Tomlinson then ran the ball in for his third touchdown of the day.

    Nugent would connect on 35-yard field goal to make the score 21-10 in favor of San Diego.

    The Chargers fourth drive started much the same as the first three, with the Bolts driving. Brees hit Caldwell and Gates for first downs before Tomlinson ran over left tackle for 14 yards to put the ball at the Jets' 33. But Brees, throwing off his back foot with pressure coming, tossed an interception to David Barrett right before the half, squandering three points.

    The Jets' first series of the second half began in Chargers territory. A 40-yard penalty for pass interference on Quentin Jammer gave New York the ball just inside the ten. The defense would hold them to three and maintain an eight-point lead, 21-13.

    San Diego extended their lead to 28-13 with a two-yard touchdown run from LaDainian Tomlinson, his fourth touchdown of the day and third rushing score. The running back accounted for 28 yards on the 55-yard scoring drive.

    Bollinger replaced Testaverde with 3:44 to go in the third quarter. Bollinger led the team on a 14-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a pass from Bollinger to fullback Jerald Sowell from five yards out. It was the first touchdown pass of Bollinger's career and ended a drought of 355 minutes without a touchdown pass by the Jets – nearly six full games. Sowell caught the last touchdown pass for the Jets on September 18.

    Darren Sproles returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to midfield. Brees connected with Gates on a 25-yard pass to the 21-yard line before Tomlinson gave the Chargers first and goal with a 12-yard run. The drive would stall at the one and Nate Kaeding came on to boot it through from 18 yards to make the score 31-20.

    Like Sproles, Justin Miller returned the kickoff 45 yards to the Chargers 48. Bollinger hit on 4-of-6 passes for 53 yards with the drive capped by a pass to Coles from eight yards out. The Jets failed on the two-point conversion and the Chargers maintained a five-point lead, 31-26.

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