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Tomlinson gets career-high 4 TDs as Chargers hold off Jets

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=251106020" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/tomlinson22.jpg" alt="LaDanian Tomlinson" />

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- No need for LaDainian Tomlinson to pass for touchdowns Sunday against the New York Jets. He got plenty the old-fashioned way.

    Tomlinson scored a career-high four touchdowns -- three rushing, one receiving -- and the San Diego Chargers needed every one of them to hold off pesky Brooks Bollinger and the New York Jets 31-26. The last Charger to have four touchdowns in one game was Chuck Muncie against Denver on Nov. 29, 1981.

    Heading into the game, Tomlinson had the same number of touchdown passes (three) as Jets quarterbacks. Bollinger changed all that with a furious charge. Replacing an ineffective Vinny Testaverde late in the third quarter, Bollinger threw two touchdown passes to make it a game.

    Laveranues Coles made a beautiful play on the second one, barely keeping his toes inbounds for the 8-yard score with 6:44 to play. But the Jets (2-6) failed to make the 2-point conversion when Jerry Wilson batted down Bollinger's pass.

    The scoring passes were the first through the air for the Jets since Week 2 against the Dolphins.

    Then John Abraham sacked Drew Brees and forced a fumble, which Jonathan Vilma recovered for a first down at the Chargers 30 with 3:06 to go. Bollinger expertly led the Jets to two third-down conversions. On first-and-goal from the 9, Bollinger threw complete to Jerald Sowell for 3 yards, but Donnie Edwards was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

    But the Jets failed on four attempts from the 3. On fourth-and-goal, Quentin Jammer batted down a fade pass for Justin McCareins, and Jets fans headed for the exits.

    The last time the teams met, it was another nailbiter. The Jets squeaked out a 20-17 overtime win in the playoffs, and Tomlinson had no touchdowns. In three losses to the Jets, Tomlinson had a combined two scores and never went over 100 yards rushing.

    Until Sunday. Tomlinson had 25 carries for 107 yards, while Brees was 20-of-27 for 270 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and Antonio Gates added eight catches for 132 yards.

    Bollinger was 11-of-20 for 106 yards, and Testaverde was 6-of-11 for 98 yards when he left. Curtis Martin had 21 carries for 72 yards and became the 16th player in NFL history to score 100 touchdowns, when he reached the mark with a 1-yard scoring run early in the second quarter.

    Tomlinson's first two scores gave San Diego (5-4) a quick 14-0 lead and added to more first-quarter woes for the Jets. They have now been outscored 54-7 in the opening period. Though coach Herman Edwards took a tougher stance with his team this week, the same old Jets took the field.

    Now a season that started with such high hopes is virtually ruined. No 2-6 team that lost in its eighth game has made the playoffs.

    Brees had his way with the Jets in the first half, passing for 215 yards. Of course, it helped that the Jets couldn't figure out how to bring down Tomlinson or Gates.

    On his second touchdown, Tomlinson took a short pass from Brees and scooted down the sideline. He juked out Ty Law so badly Law seemed to freeze in place. Tomlinson then raced in untouched for a 25-yard score.

    The Chargers played without five starters: linebackers Steve Foley, Randall Godfrey, strong safety Terrence Kiel, offensive tackle Roman Oben and center Nick Hardwick.

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