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Rivers, defense help Chargers rout Titans

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

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=260917024">Associated Press</a>
    <img width="291" height="230" title="San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson (21)celebrates his first touchdown past Tennessee Titans' David Thornton during the first half of their NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" alt="San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson (21)celebrates his first touchdown past Tennessee Titans' David Thornton during the first half of their NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" src="http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/6a7c0e54-4087-41e5-b0d2-9651b8704c01.jpg" />
    SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- Philip Rivers took advantage of his chance to throw the ball.

    Rivers authored up another efficient performance in his second career start and the San Diego Chargers again were dominant defensively en route to a 40-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

    In Monday's night's 27-0 victory at Oakland, Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer elected to pound the ball with running back LaDainian Tomlinson and let his defense control things. Rivers completed just 8-of-11 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

    Rivers threw the ball as many times as he did all of last week in the first quarter Sunday, when he went 8-of-11 for 98 yards. He finished 25-of-35 for 235 yards and a touchdown.

    Tomlinson also got in the act, scoring on runs of four and eight yards in a lopsided first half that ended with the Chargers holding a 20-0 lead. The Pro Bowler rushed for 71 yards and had seven catches for 51 yards.

    San Diego (2-0) held a 250-15 advantage in total yards and garnered 16 first downs to just one for the Titans (0-2) in the first half. Tennessee quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Vince Young combined to complete 1-of-11 passes for zero yards in the half.

    Overall, the Chargers finished with 476-218 advantage in total yards. The Titans failed to cross midfield until there was just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

    The Chargers also came close to recording consecutive shutouts for the first time in franchise history before Young - the third pick in April's draft - threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Drew Bennett with 3:09 remaining.

    Young padded his stats with the game decided in the fourth quarter and completed 7-of-19 passes for 106 yards without a turnover. Collins went 6-of-19 for 57 yards and two interceptions.

    Michael Turner broke off a 73-yard run late in the fourth quarter and finished with 138 yards on 13 carries for the Chargers, who are 2-0 for the first time since 2001.
     

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