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Chargers win 8th straight, beat Chiefs 20-9

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/recap;_ylt=AszkjU5bCFX7FHvi9E7yjKw5nYcB?gid=20061217024">Associated Press</a>

    <img width="326" height="238" title="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson leaves Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and cornerback Patrick Surtain in his wake as he races 85 yards for his second touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Diego Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006." alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson leaves Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and cornerback Patrick Surtain in his wake as he races 85 yards for his second touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Diego Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006." src="http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061218/capt.cali10412180322.chiefs_chargers_football_cali104.jpg" />

    By Bernie Wilson

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It was an electrifying run in a charged-up season.

    LaDainian Tomlinson turned a simple off-tackle play into an 85-yard touchdown run, lighting up Qualcomm Stadium and carrying the San Diego Chargers to a 20-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

    Tomlinson finished with 199 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to take over the NFL rushing lead from Kansas City's Larry Johnson. It was Tomlinson's eighth straight 100-yard game.

    Tomlinson said he took a shot to the jaw. "We're going to have it checked out," he said.

    The AFC West champion Chargers (12-2) won their eighth straight and kept the inside track to home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They tied the franchise record for wins in a season, last accomplished with a 12-4 record in 2004, and for winning streak.

    The Chiefs (7-7), playing four nights after the death of their owner, Lamar Hunt, had their wild-card chances severely damaged.

    Prior to kickoff, there was a video tribute and moment of silence for Hunt, who died Wednesday night of complications from prostate cancer. He was 74. The Chiefs had "LH" decals on the backs of their helmets.

    Hunt was the founder of the AFL and a driving force in the merger with the NFL. He even came up with the term "Super Bowl."

    But this night, as so many Chargers games have this season, belonged to Tomlinson.

    One play after Chargers long snapper David Binn recovered a blocked punt, Tomlinson burst through a huge hole and outraced cornerback Patrick Surtain and linebacker Derrick Johnson down the left sideline for his second TD of the night.

    "It was perfect blocking," Tomlinson said. "The way you draw it up on the chalkboard is the way it went down."

    Proving he can light up a stadium like no other player, Tomlinson's touchdown was greeted by a burst of fireworks above Qualcomm Stadium and spotlights inside the big concrete bowl.

    The longest run of Tomlinson's career:

    -- Was his 31st TD, extending the single-season record he set a week ago.

    -- Gave him 186 points, extending the single-season record he set in the first quarter. With a 15-yard TD run on San Diego's opening drive, Tomlinson broke Paul Hornung's 46-year-old NFL season record of 176, set with the Green Bay Packers in 1960. Hornung was a kicker as well as a halfback for Green Bay.

    -- Made his 28 TDs rushing the most ever in a season. He also has three TD catches. His totals don't count the two touchdown passes he's thrown.

    -- Gave him eight straight multi-touchdown games, breaking the record he shared with John Riggins.

    And to think, Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali called the Chargers "a finesse team" eight weeks ago after Kansas City beat San Diego 30-27 at Arrowhead Stadium.

    The Chargers haven't lost since.

    Tomlinson has 1,626 yards to Johnson's 1,516. Johnson had 84 yards on 19 carries.

    It turns out L.T. isn't quite perfect. He lined up in the shotgun formation on third-and-4 from the Kansas City 7 early in the fourth quarter. He slipped and was thrown for a 5-yard loss, bringing on Nate Kaeding for a 30-yard field goal.

    One play before Tomlinson's 85-yard run, Mike Scifres' punt was blocked by Kansas City's Bernard Pollard, but a Chief touched the ball beyond the line of scrimmage. San Diego long snapper David Binn recovered.

    Tomlinson also scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter. That drive was kept alive when Tomlinson's backup, Michael Turner, gained 25 yards on a fake punt.

    Lawrence Tynes provided all of Kansas City's points with field goals of 45, 52 and 24 yards.

    His 24-yarder, in the fourth quarter, was set up when Greg Wesley picked off Philip Rivers' poorly thrown pass.

    Kaeding added a 22-yard field goal late in the game.

    Rivers was a pedestrian 8-of-23 passing for 97 yards, with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Trent Green was 23-of-41 for 185 yards and one interception.
     

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