1. Welcome to San Diego Chargers NFL Football Podcast and Forum!
    Bolt Talk is one of the largest online communities for the San Diego Chargers.
    We host a regular Chargers podcast during the season.

    You are currently viewing our community forums as a guest user.

    Create an Account or

    Having an account grants you additional privileges, such as creating and participating in discussions. Furthermore, we hide most of the ads once you register as a member!

Ravens edge Chargers 16-13

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2009
    Messages:
    5,065
    Ratings:
    +260
    <img width="276" height="213" alt="San Diego Chargers runningback LaDanian Tomlinson, bottom, is taken down by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott in the first quarter of their football game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Baltimore. Tomlinson was held to 98 yards rushing on 27 attempts and no touchdowns in their 16-13 loss.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)" title="San Diego Chargers runningback LaDanian Tomlinson, bottom, is taken down by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott in the first quarter of their football game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Baltimore. Tomlinson was held to 98 yards rushing on 27 attempts and no touchdowns in their 16-13 loss.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)" src="http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/a339682e-c2e9-41d3-a1cb-8e8e7ea59729.jpg" />

    By Boltarious
    <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    Baltimore, by way of CBS

    Wasted opportunities. Wasted field position. Wasted a win.
    San Diego (2-1) did all of these things today in Baltimore, dropping a heartbreaking 16-13 decision to the Ravens (3-0). This game was much more of a test for the Chargers, and the flaws in the Chargers 2006 game plan were eventually exposed. Why the Bolts are trying to run out the clock with 10 minutes left in the 3rd quarter is beyond me. Martyball, once again.

    Baltimore QB Steve McNair looked frustrated for 57 minutes, but endured long enough to lead the Ravens on their second consecutive late game winning drive. Todd Heap was the catalyst for Baltimore- hauling in 4 clutch receptions, including the game winner, a 10 yard catch and bull run, right over Shawne Merriman.

    San Diego started the afternoon off on the right foot, with Phillip Rivers finding a wide open Malcolm Floyd on a 31 yard TD toss, against a confused Ravens D.

    7-0 Chargers

    Baltimore stormed right back after a Rivers interception gave the Ravens possession deep in San Diego territory. McNair found TE Dan Wilcox with a 5 yard scoring pass.

    7-7 ballgame, end of the first quarter

    Defense was the word of the day, with both teams crushing each other at every opportunity. The Chargers managed to eke their way into field goal range, and Nate Kaeding drilled a 34 yard shot.

    10-7 Chargers- not nearly big enough of a lead...

    The Chargers D made life miserable for McNair and company on the ensuing 2 drives, and further antagonized McNair by intercepting him at the Chargers 29 yard line. Give Quentin Jammer the pick. The Bolts could not capitalize on this good fortune however. San Diego managed another FG by Kaeding, from 54 yards at the tail end of the half, giving the Bolts a 6 point lead.

    13-7 SD, so ended the first half.

    For the first time this season, the Chargers actually had to play the second half for real, and not with an insurmountable lead. Cam Cameron and Marty Schottenheimer like to play it safe, but to me, this was TOO safe. When you have a team like Baltimore down, you have to finish them off, not let them hang around. And that is exactly what the game plan allowed Ravens to do.

    Even so, Nate Kaeding lined up with a chance to extend the Chargers lead to 9 with a 40 yard FG. Not even close, Kaeding's kick went wide right. This re-energized the Ravens and their fans. Baltimore drove all the way to the San Diego 1 yard line before Chargers LB Stephen Cooper forced Wilcox to fumble, which was recovered by Donnie Edwards.
    Things looked good at this point, but the worst was yet to come.

    13-7 a scoreless 3rd quarter, but very dramatic.

    Both teams looked to deliver a knockout blow, and Baltimore finally landed a haymaker in the form of pinning the Bolts back against their own goal line, and forcing P Mike Scifres into retreating out the back of the San Diego end zone. Safety, one that would loom large at the end.
    13-9 Chargers.

    McNair then took charge of the Chargers D, hitting 4 out of 5 passes, and running for a first down. Todd Heap then found the end zone with McNair's last pass, giving the Ravens their first lead of the day, with 34 seconds remaining.

    16-13 Ravens

    Expecting an Elway like miracle this early in Rivers Career was wishful thinking, and Baltimore shut down the desperation drive. Allowing Rivers to air it out after the Chargers fell behind was pointless, I feel that we should have been doing that from the moment we got a lead.

    16-13- final

    Now Pittsburgh comes to town, in a nationally televised game from the Q- 5:15- be there, sell a goat, sell some plasma, just don't bore me with your pathetic excuses why you can't attend.
    To all the people who found my comments about attendance objectionable, I say again, get off your butt, and get to the Q.
    If you are an able bodied Charger fan with any money to spend, you have no excuse... if you are an invalid, get someone to wheel your be-hind in there... lets make the Q ROCK on Sunday night...
     

Share This Page