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L.T. not as his best since that Raider pounded his chest

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/12/25/sports/professional/chargers/22_08_5412_24_05.txt" target="_blank">North County Times
    By Jay Paris

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/chargersvchiefs10.jpg" class="left" alt="LaDanian Tomlinson runs against the Chiefs" />KANSAS CITY, Mo. ---- LaDainian Tomlinson's soiled uniform told the story. It was caked with dirt, crumpled up in a ball and carelessly discarded into his equipment bag.

    Likewise, the Chargers' running game was stuck in the mud for most of the team's 20-7 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.

    "We got outplayed," Tomlinson said.

    Tomlinson has been a frustrated runner for four games. He managed but 49 yards on 15 carries Saturday, and that number might be inflated by 2 yards.

    A rush by Lorenzo Neal was believed to be mistakenly credited to Tomlinson. The stats figure to be adjusted after a review by the NFL.

    Since Raiders linebacker Danny Clark delivered a cheap shot to Tomlinson's chest on Dec. 4, the Chargers' Pro Bowl running back has struggled.

    "Nobody is 100 percent this time of the season," said Tomlinson, shrugging off his injury.

    But after Clark dug his knuckles into Tomlinson, the Chargers' star back hasn't rushed for 100 yards. And for the fourth straight game, he failed to score a touchdown.

    Not since the final four games of his 2001 rookie season has Tomlinson failed to find the end zone over a similar span.

    The Chiefs showed Tomlinson little hospitality, bottling him up on more than one occasion. Of his rushing total, 20 of those yards came on one play.

    "They were desperate; they knew they had to win," said Tomlinson, who had negative yardage on five carries. "They had a great game plan and played a great game against us."

    Said Chiefs defensive end Eric Hicks: "We all went out there with a purpose. This was a do-or-die situation, and we got it done."

    The shoddy Arrowhead Stadium turf didn't help. It looked as if a tractor pull had been held on it, thanks to a steady rain. Tomlinson, the cutback king, often got crowned when trying to make an extra move.

    That's why the Chargers tried to work the edges instead of the muddy middle in the second half. Tomlinson' longest gain came when he scooted around the left side.

    But the big plays weren't the norm. While Tomlinson isn't his usual self, he has no intentions to sit out the season finale next Saturday against the Denver Broncos.

    "No," Tomlinson said, "because I want to finish the season strong."

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