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Chargers will prevail over Pats in a nail-biter

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    The Patriots' visit to the 14-2 Chargers this weekend is intriguing on several levels.

    You have a coach known for playoff greatness in Bill Belichick vs. Marty Schottenheimer and his 5-12 postseason mark.


    You have a Super Bowl MVP in Tom Brady against a rock-solid first-year starter in Philip Rivers, who beat out the veteran for the Pro Bowl.
    Both teams can lock you down defensively.
    And of course, you have the 2006 league MVP.
    Brady isn't just a playoff legend; he is playing his best ball of the season over the last three weeks, including last week's win against the Jets. Chargers' linebacker Shaun Phillips is very impressed with Brady's poise. Philips says the way to get to Brady is to get to his teammates.

    Stop the run and get after the quarterback," Phillips said. "Tom Brady doesn't like to be rattled. His line did a great job against the Jets. We have to unleash Shawne Merriman and a healthy Luis Castillo and Donnie (Edwards) and Jamal (Williams) and myself and everyone to give them trouble, because you know a professional line like that is ready to do anything for Brady in the playoffs."

    Don't be surprised if Merriman, with 17.5 sacks, takes over this game. And let's not forget about Philips with 11 sacks on the opposite side.
    All season long, rookie Laurence Maroney and veteran Corey Dillon have been the ultimate blend of speed and power, giving Brady a balanced running attack.
    That combination punished the Jets, but facing the Chargers' defense under Wade Philips is a different task.
    Wade Philips told us on Tuesday, "Maroney is a speed guy, a scat back. If we give him any daylight he will make us pay. That's the key with him. You can't let him break loose. Corey Dillon is the bruiser. He gets those tough yards all of the time. He hits you hard. Dillon's a veteran. It's the playoffs. You know he will bring his 'A' game. So it's important for us to bring ours."
    Nobody is better than Brady when it comes to spreading the ball around. And the Chargers are very familiar with his new main target, Reche Caldwell, who spent the last few years in San Diego.
    But Shaun Philips says you need to key in on the tight ends.
    "Ben Watson is a heck of a receiving tight end. I played against him in college. We played against him last year. I keep watching him because I respect him so much and love watching him play. He's a great athlete. Tom Brady loves his tight ends. Actually it is like our offense with Antonio Gates. Brady loves his matchups with Watson most especially, and he is comfortable with Daniel Graham. He feels good about how they can exploit a defense."
    On the other side, the supremely-coached and skilled Patriots defense will have its hands full with Tomlinson, who enjoyed a season for the ages.
    Pro Bowl snub Ty Warren is very impressed with Tomlinson's game.
    "The only way you are going to win a game is with mistake-free football," Warren said. "A guy like LaDainian Tomlinson makes you make mistakes. You see him get through the first line of defense and juke guys at full speed. He's incredible. We can't let him get through the first line of defense. We have to be disciplined and not miss early. And you really can't solely focus on him with Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates and Keenan McCardell and all the weapons around him."
    The Chargers' offensive line was a pleasant surprise this year, featuring Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick and my choice for offensive rookie of the year, stud tackle Marcus McNeil. This game could be won or lost in the trenches, with the Chargers linemen having their hands full with Warren, Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork and Jarvis Green up front.
    The San Diego line needs to give playoff novice Rivers time to throw the ball. Rivers has "it." I really do not believe this game will be too big for him. His 22 touchdowns vs. nine picks and his 3,388 passing yards speak volumes. But what really makes Rivers ready is his calm all season long in crunch time or when the team faced adversity.
    Then there are the coaches.
    We asked Philips if the team felt the need to get to the Super Bowl for Marty Schottenheimer, a coach the linebacker has gushed about all season.
    Philips said, "Coach Marty is one of the best coaches in the NFL. It's unfortunate that in the public eye he needs that Super Bowl ring to solidify his career. We are definitely going out to play for Coach Marty and all that he has done for us. We are aware of that perception and we are out to change (it). We just need to take it one game at a time and winning for Coach Marty will take care of itself."
    Warren loves playing for Hall of Fame-to-be coach Belichick.
    "He's a genius when it comes to game plans and dialing up plays. We will get a game plan and smile. But it all comes down to stopping the run first and foremost. And then all of those exotic things that Bill likes to come up with will take place." I never, ever like to pick against New England in the playoffs, but my belief in Rivers and the domination of the Chargers defense means I like San Diego to prevail in a nail-biter this weekend.

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  2. foober

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    patriots must die.:yes: :bolt:
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

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

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    keeeeeeeeeellll them!
     
  4. Johnny Lightning

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    All their rings and all their post season play means nothing...
     
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    We have a THREE WEEK season.

    We win 3 and we are the Champs. :helm1:
     
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  6. Johnny Lightning

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  7. Johnny Lightning

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    The Pats had their run its over...:yes: :tup:

    Its Charger time :bolt: :lol:
     
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    I'm sick of hearing about Brady's 11-1 post season record. In fact I'm tired of hearing about the Patriots. ESPN has practically handed the game to them already. WE WILL DESTROY!!!
     
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    How can you be so sure?
     
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    Maybe you'll like it better when he's 12-1.
     
  11. Johnny Lightning

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    Your lucky you made it this far...:lol:
     
  12. HollywoodLeo

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    How can you be so sure?
     
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    Are you saying the Pats were lucky to beat the Jets?

    You boy Merriman sure thinks that apparently

    Or that the Pats are lucky to be in the playoffs at all?
     
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    I've seen this movie before.

    It looks alot like the sceen when the Pats played a 15-1 Steeler team that had this amazing defense and a powerful run attack and somehow the Pats rolled 41-21(or something like that).

    The won the AFC Championship award for their performance.
     
  15. HollywoodLeo

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    This isn't the 2004 Steelers.
     
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    How can you be so sure?:icon_shrug:
     
  17. Johnny Lightning

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    I know you have to stick up for your team but you know the Chargers are going to win...:yes:
     
  18. HollywoodLeo

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    Well, for starters, the QB is Philip Rivers, not Ben Roethlisberger

    The RB is LaDainian Tomlinson, not Jerome Bettis

    The WRs are different

    I just can't seem to find a single player on the roster who was there in 2004 playing for the Steelers. :icon_shrug:
     
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    Yup. The Patriots are like a Saddmam Hussein kicking **** till the last drop. :lol:
     
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    I don't have to stick up for em'.

    Before Brady I always had reservations about my beloved Pats.

    Funny how winning Super Bowls make those reservations go away.

    He's never done it to the Chargers and their fans before.

    This is the playoffs and yes.....it is different.

    I know it will be hard but try to sit back and enjoy him on Sunday.

    Don't know about you but I enjoy watching great athletes do great things.

    When I was younger I use to just hate Magic Johnson. How dare he beat my Celtics!

    As I grew older I appreciated what the man brought to the hardwood.

    Brady won't be around forever.

    The curtain will someday comedown on his career and I just want to enjoy each and every movie he stars in.
     
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    Even Brady was a first year starter starting his first playoff game ever, once.

    All lack of experience tells us is that we don't know. It's not an automatic write off as some would have us believe.

    Sit back and enjoy Rivers at work on Sunday.

    It will be a battle of epic proportions in which the Chargers will come out on top.
     
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    Yep, I think I've seen this movie before.
     
  23. HollywoodLeo

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    Unless you have a crystal ball you haven't seen this game before.

    This year's Chargers are not the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers.

    I find it laughable that you sound so sure of yourself one post after questioning why a Charger fan would be so sure of hiself.
     
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    The gift of laughter is one of the greatest gifts to give:icon_tease:
     
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    I hate to be the one to tell you this but the curtain is coming down on his career this sunday...:lol:
     
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    Yeah I 've seen this movie before.

    the Pats win their division, but have to play in the first round.

    They beat a team that only made the playoffs because their schedule was cake.

    they now have to go play an AFC West team a their place.

    Wait I saw this movie last year!!!!!!

    What happened Again?
     
  27. Johnny Lightning

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    I think you should stop watching movies and watch more football...:lol:
     
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    If the Steele Curtain couldn't do it I can't see how the Bolts D can stop Brady from starring in another Super Bowl.
     
  29. HollywoodLeo

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    2006 Chargers > 2004 Steelers.

    Rivers > Roethlisberger

    LT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jerome Bettis
     
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    Brady had a weak surrounding cast.

    Dillon, Malroney, Seymore, will all be up for best supporting awards
     

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