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San Diego 23, Washington 17 (OT)

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=251127028" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/tomlinson26.jpg" class="left" alt="Ladanian Tomlinson scores the game winning TD." />LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- LaDainian Tomlinson's 41-yard touchdown run in overtime not only carried the San Diego Chargers to a critical comeback victory, it gave yet another former Redskins coach revenge against Washington owner Daniel Snyder.

    Tomlinson broke free on the second play of overtime Sunday, giving the Chargers a 23-17 victory over the Redskins. He finished with 184 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, including a 32-yard run that tied the game with 3:29 left in regulation.

    The Chargers (7-4) recovered from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit to win their fourth straight and remain two games behind Denver in the AFC West.

    Last week, former Redskins coach Norv Turner returned with the Oakland Raiders and got his revenge with an emotional 16-13 victory. Then came Marty Schottenheimer, who was fired by Washington after one 8-8 season in 2001, and he and the Chargers handed the Redskins (5-6) their third straight loss and sixth in eight games.

    The Chargers won the toss at the start of overtime. Tight end Antonio Gates, bottled up for most of the game as he played on a sprained foot, caught a play-action pass on the first play for a 24-yard gain down the right sideline. Gates finished with only three catches for 39 yards.

    Drew Brees went 22-for-44 for 215 yards and three interceptions as the Chargers won despite losing the turnover battle 3-0. The Redskins had a minus-13 turnover differential entering the game, but this time they lost the game despite taking care of the ball.

    Shawn Springs' interception deep in Chargers territory gave the Redskins a chance to win in the final minute of regulation, but an obvious holding penalty on Casey Rabach on second down moved the ball back to the fringes of field-goal range. John Hall tried a 52-yarder, his longest attempt of the season, and missed wide right with 30 seconds remaining.

    The Chargers then moved to Washington's 39, but Brees' desperation pass was intercepted by Walt Harris as the fourth quarter expired. It was the third interception by a Redskins cornerback in the game -- as well as the third of the season.

    Santana Moss, who came in as the only active Redskins wideout with more than five receptions, caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and Rock Cartwright ran 13 yards for a score in the third. With David Patten and James Thrash injured, Mark Brunell was forced to throw to new targets, including Jimmy Farris and Robert Johnson, who had their first catches this year.

    The Chargers, averaging 30 points per game, managed only one score in the first half. Eric Parker's 15-yard punt return created good field position for a drive that included a 14-yard catch by Parker and 13-yard run on a reverse by Parker. Tomlinson capped the drive with a 1-yard run.

    Parker finished with seven catches for 98 yards.
     

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