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Chargers stomp rival Patriots in AFC showdown

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Philip Rivers passed for 306 yards and three touchdowns and the Charger defense held New England without a touchdown for almost 55 minutes Sunday night to give San Diego a crucial 30-10 victory over the Patriots before 68,704 at Qualcomm Stadium.
    The victory over the three-time Super Bowl champions evened the Chargers record at 3-3.
    Rivers stretched the field and burned the Patriots man-to-man coverage with strikes of 48 and 59 yards to Vincent Jackson (who finished with five catches for 134 yards) and a 49-yard scoring bomb to Malcom Floyd as they partially avenged a 21-12 loss to the Patriots in last season's AFC Championship game.
    Rivers, who connected on 18 of 27 attempts without an interception, also had scoring strikes of four yards to Jackson and one-yard to tight end Antonio Gates.
    The latter made the score 24-3 with 7:07 to play in the third quarter and came just five plays after the Chargers made a goalline stand -- stopping the Patriots on four plays inside their two.
    The Chargers finished with 403 yards in total offense.
    San Diego, which had been out-scored 22-16 in the first quarters of the season's first five games, had stressed during the week the importance of getting off to a fast start.
    They scored on each of their first two possessions while gaining 135 yards and finished the first quarter with a 10-0 lead.
    The Chargers could have had more -- settling for a field goal on their first possession after driving to a first down at the Patriots seven and missing a field goal on their third possession when Nate Kaeding's 44-yard attempt bounced off the left upright.
    Rivers passed for 134 yards in the quarter, 97 on two completions at the expense of Patriots left cornerback Deltha O'Neal.
    On the game's first play, Rivers isolated Jackson in man-to-man coverage against O'Neal on the right side for a 48-yard gain. Although a second Jackson catch, this time for 10 yards over the middle, gave the hosts a first down at the Patriots seven, the Chargers had to settle for a 25-yard Kaeding field goal.
    After Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was wide left on a 48-yard field goal attempt -- his first miss in 11 attempts this season and his first miss in 18 attempts overall -- the Chargers covered 62 yards in four plays to take a 10-0 lead.
    This time Rivers victimized O'Neal on a 49-yard scoring strike to Floyd, who broke to the goalpost and make a leaping catch over O'Neal at the goalline with 3:58 to go in the quarter.
    The touchdown catch was Floyd's first since the 2006 season. Floyd also happened to catch the first touchdown pass of Rivers career in 2004.
    A 28-yard punt return by Darren Sproles put the Chargers back in business at the Patriots 45 late in the quarter. LaDainian Tomlinson gained 11 yards on the Chargers first play. But the drive stopped on a third-and-two incompletion at the Patriots 26.
    Kaeding came on with a chance to put the Chargers ahead 13-0. But his kick ricocheted off the left upright -- putting the Patriots in position to mount an offensive that resulted in a 47-yard field goal by Gostkowski.
    But the critical play for the Chargers came on the play before the kick when cornerback Quentin Jammer stripped Randy Moss of an apparent catch inside the Chargers 10.
    The Chargers offense sputtered on their next possession when Jackson dropped what would have been a first-down catch at the Patriots 35. Rivers was almost intercepted on his ensuing attempt to Jackson down the left sideline.
    However, Kassim Osgood downed a Mike Scifres punt at the Patriots six and the Chargers were quickly back in business at the Patriots 31 thanks to a 22-yard punt return by Sproles and a personal foul penalty on the return by the Patriots Jerod Mayo.
    Rivers completed a 17-yard pass to Floyd along the right sideline against O'Neal before Tomlinson ran eight yards through the middle to the four. On second-and-two from the four with 1:07 to go in the half, Rivers hit Jackson over the middle in the endzone to make it 17-3.
    The Chargers out-gained the Patriots 216 yards to 87 for the half with Rivers going 12-for-19 for 179 yards and the two touchdowns. Jackson caught four passes for 75 yards while Tomlinson gained 33 yards on 10 carries.
    The second half opened with the Chargers making a goalline stand at their one -- then scoring five plays later on a one-yard Rivers pitch to Antonio Gates. The key play was a 59-yard Rivers bomb to Jackson to get the hosts out of the shadow of their own endzone.
    A 28-yard Cassel completion to running back Sammy Morris -- who bowled over Antonio Cromartie at the five -- gave the Patriots a first down just three feet from the goalline.
    On first down, defensive end Luis Castillo hurried Cassel into an incompletion. On second down, Castillo and nose tackle Ryon Bingham dropped Morris for a half-yard loss. On third down, Cassel threw incomplete. And on fourth down, Cassell scrambled and was dropped at the two while under heavy pressure with his receiver covered.
    Having stopped the Patriots didn't mean the Chargers were out of trouble. They were still at their two and protecting a two-touchdown lead.
    A four-yard gain by Mike Tolbert gave Rivers all the breathing room he needed. On second down, Rivers again found Jackson drawing man-to-man coverage -- this time from corner Terrence Wheatley. This Rivers-Jackson connection covered 59 yards to the Patriots 35.
    Two plays later, Jackson was in position to catch a touchdown pass from Rivers when he was run over from behind by corner Ellis Hobbs at the goalline for a pass interference penalty.
    Gates reception on the next play put the Chargers up by a 27-3 count.
    The scored climbed to 30-3 with 10:50 to play on Kaeding's third field goal of the evening, a 23-yarder.
    The Patriots finally scored a touchdown on a one-yard run by Morris after Chargers fullback Jacob Hester fumbled for the Chargers lone turnover of the game.

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  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    How sweet it is
     
  3. BeerGuy

    BeerGuy BoltTalker

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    Here's the cliff notes version:

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  4. BlueandGold

    BlueandGold The Oracle

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    :icon_rofl:

    You're a good sport, Beerguy.

    Now knock it off. It's fun to hate you guys :icon_toast:
     
  5. BeerGuy

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    Okay....screw you guys!!!

    If we had Brady we would have......aw.....who the hell am I trying to kid.......
     
  6. VikingBolt

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    Then they just seemed to let up and allow the pathetic patriots get a touchdown.
     
  7. Johnny Lightning

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  8. Buck Melanoma

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    We did what was needed today - came out & hit the Pats right in the mouth. Jamal gets my game ball. He looked like the old Jamal - stalking around the field with an attitude, pushing linemen around, & blowing up run plays in the backfield.

    The game wasn't nearly as close as the score.
     
  9. BeerGuy

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    That's the scary part.
     
  10. Chuck F.

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    Props to Beer guy for being classy.:icon_toast:
     
  11. BFISA

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    word; coulda been an even bigger blowout :yes:
     
  12. BFISA

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    I keep hearing that if Brady was there, he woulda worked us over; the way the D played, I believe they took away the will of the Pats to play and execute their game plan.

    As evidence, Al and Madden made a big deal about what a poor throw Cassel made to a wide-open Moss. I wondered why Moss didn't make a better effort to go get that ball.

    jes sayin.
     
  13. Chuck F.

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    Reality check....Matt Cassel sucks. Let's not get too geeked about the defense just yet.

    We would have won even with Brady in there, basically because the Bolts could have put 40 on the board if they wanted to. But Cassell missed several wide open receivers. If Brady had played, the Pats would have scored a MINIMUM of 2 more TD's.

    The bolts would have won something like 41-27 or 41-31 and we'd be singing the praises of the offense but hammering the defense again.

    The fact is that Matt Cassel is just plain awful.....probably the worst QB the Chargers have played....maybe even worst than Russell. Tell me...does anyone think Brady is missing a wide open Watson in the endzone on our goal line stand? Or a wide open receiver in the endzone later in the game? I don't think so.

    The defense still needs a lot of work.
     
  14. BeerGuy

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    Had Brady been healthy and on that field the score & game would have been completely different.

    My guess is that Moss would have had at least that touchdown, and likely a second because Brady wouldn't have thrown that sideline ball that short. Watson would have had that gimme TD also.

    I'm not prepared to say that we would have won, though.

    It would have been a coin toss.........
     
  15. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    Had Rivers, LT, and Gates been healthy for the AFC champlionship game...
     
  16. Chuck F.

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    The Chargers took the foot off the pedal late in that game and probably could have punched it in the endzone 1 or 2 more times if they needed to. But I agree that the Pats would have put up 2-3 more TD's in that game with Brady in there.
     
  17. Chuck F.

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    If Woody had gone straight to the police................
     

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