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Tomlinson delivers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Tomlinson delivers

    RB scores twice; Chargers atop AFC West with Broncos

    By Kevin Acee
    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Shaun Phillips walked off the field, helmet in hand, teammates all around, and yelled something that seemed unfathomable a month ago.
    “Somebody's tied for first place.”
    Yep. When are we going to learn?
    This Chargers team is never finished in October.
    A 31-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium put the Chargers, as Phillips pointed out, virtually even with the Denver Broncos atop the AFC West heading into Sunday's showdown in Denver.

    “Obviously, there's a long way to go,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “We're just over the halfway point, but I think we've shown a lot about our character and mental toughness that we've gotten to this point based on the start we had.”
    When the Broncos left San Diego victorious Oct. 19, having improved to 6-0 and increased their lead in the AFC West to 3½ games, the Chargers seemed to, at best, be left to scrounge for a possible wild-card playoff scrap.
    Since then, the Chargers have won four straight, the Broncos have lost three in a row and both teams are 6-3.
    “We were definitely struggling in the beginning of the season, but this is the best time to catch a rhythm,” left tackle Marcus McNeill said. “It's November. We can really finish the season strong; we can really do some things.”
    Sunday continued to set them up for that, despite not being always aesthetically pleasing.
    Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb passed for 450 yards. But the Eagles' first three trips inside the Chargers' 10-yard line yielded three field goals.
    And two touchdowns by LaDainian Tomlinson and two TD passes by Philip Rivers saw the Chargers up 28-9 with 73 seconds to play in the third quarter.
    The Eagles scored on successive possessions to pull to 28-23 before Rivers engineered a 66-yard drive to a field goal that essentially put the game away with 30 seconds to play, something that became official when Antonio Cromartie intercepted McNabb's final throw in the end zone as time ran out.

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